26 July 2012

Summer Book Talk: Day Two - Juhina from Maji Bookshelf!

For the second day of the event, I asked Juhina - one of the co-bloggers from Maji Bookshelf - to do a guest post matching the dystopian theme. Juhina brings up some really good points about female protagonists in dystopia, so read on to see what she has to say!


Hello Lovely readers! Just want to start off by thanking Amber for hosting me on her blog! And also hope you guys enjoy this post and keep the discussion alive by posting comments and your opinions!

Since Amber’s blog is hosting Dystopian world and novels, I wanted to spotlight the different types of dystopian female protagonists, how they are different from other genres and what are the main characteristics that define dystopian female protagonists, and also I will list 3 strong female protagonists and their strongest characteristic. Fun right? Let’s start off!

Let’s start off. To the new people to the world dystopia, here is the full definition:

“A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian”

The protagonists in dystopian novels are mainly female. Think of the first dystopian novel that pops in your head, is it The Hunger Games? Maybe Divergent? Or even Wither? All those have female protagonists and each one of them knows how to kick some butt!

The main characteristics a dystopian female protagonist usually possesses ranges from:

1.  Strength, whether in combat or just mentally 

2. Endurance 

3.  Level headed/Smart 

4.  Selfless

5.  Independent

Obviously there are many more characteristics that many dystopian female protagonists possess but these are the prominent characteristics found.

Here are the top five dystopian female protagonists that I love and wish to be more like them!

1. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Now who doesn’t know Katniss? The girl who sacrificed her life just to save her little sister; The girl who helped Peeta survive and was also about to give up her life for. She is the definition of selflessness. She is not only selfless but has all the characteristics listed above. She is a strong fighter, her endurance levels are sky high, she is smart and level headed, and finally she is one independent woman!

2. Tris Prior, from Divergent: This girl knows how to hold her ground during a fight. She is stealthy, everyone underestimates her until she strikes. She is independent, has her own opinions and isn’t swayed easily and she sticks to what she believes in. Tris definitely has a more feminine side to Katniss but that is all due to the environment. All I can say is Tris knows how to survive.

3. June Iparis, from Legend: Now here is a girl who is not only a strong fighter, but is genius smart. She is the top of her class and is one of the best fighters out there. She loves her family and would do anything for them. We’ve got her a person you can totally count on!

What other dystopian female protagonists you find empowering? Ones that you love and wish to be more alike? Juliett from Shatter Me? Vi from Possession, Wanda from The Host? Aria from Under the Never Sky? You’ve got more? Let us know below! And also give us your opinion on this topic and what other characteristics you think female dystopian novels possess!

Thanks everyone for reading and participating in this discussion, and for whoever didn’t, come on! Let’s discuss!!

- Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf


Thank you for your amazing post, Juhina! Okay, readers, I want to know your top three dystopian protagonists. Go!

The ladies from Maji Bookshelf are hosting an interview with Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door, which was one of my most anticipated books of the summer! I haven't got around to buying it yet, but I am so excited to read it once my TBR pile goes down a little!

Kindle and Me is hosting an interview with Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental series! There is also an AMAZING giveaway, so be sure to go over there and check it out. Brigid gives some great insight to her work!


  1. Thanks for the fab post! I loooove all of these three girls! They are so awesome and badass :)

  2. LOVE me some Katniss! She's by far my favorite dystopian heroine and I LOVE her to death :D Great post!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  3. I agree with you on most of these, perhaps all even! Great post!

    Adeeb @ Bookville

  4. I like Tris,Cassia, and Lena.

  5. Those characteristics are spot on! Dystopia and utopia have a very thin line separating them so it's definitely difficult to classify a book within one of those genres.
    I love Tris, Katniss, and Juliette! Aria too :)

  6. Great choices for dystopian heroines! If I could add one more it would be Lena from the Delirium series.


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