It is pretty obvious that the individual is, in general, smarter than the many. I mean if you put Sherlock Holmes up against a group of police man, Sherlock is going to take the case. You take an average, single Canadian and they’re going to smarter than the mob stupidity that happened after Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup. Now, I’m not saying that I’m a Sherlock Holmes, and I’m not calling the voters for the YA Heroine Tourney the idiots that ransacked Vancouver and stained the Canadian name… I’m just saying the similarities in individual vs. mass are there.
And because I’m the only individual on this blog…this is how the YA Sisterhood Heroine Tournament would have gone if my vote had been the only one that counted.
There may be spoilers for the following books/series in this post: Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Fallen series by Lauren Kate, Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, and the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.
Note, I am a single voter, and I am by no means claiming to be perfect. I vote purely based on my thoughts on the characters; therefore, characters in books I haven’t read automatically lose. This means the first round is going to be me mostly weeding out the characters I do not know personally. (I swear it’ll get more interesting after that!) I do not take the arguments of those representing the characters into consideration except in the case of a tie in my own mind.
Match 1 Clary vs Kate
I’ve never read Kate’s story. Clary automatically wins.
Match 2 Juliette vs Cammie
I’ve never read Juliette’s story (though Shatter Me is on my tbr challenge reading list). Cammie automatically wins.
Match 3 Annabeth vs Kat
I’ve never read either of these series (thought both are on my reading list). While I assume Kat is similar to Cammie, which means she is awesome, I have seen the theatrical version of The Lightning Thief, so Annabeth gets my vote and wins.
Match 4 Meghan vs. Max
I’ve never read Meghan’s series, and while I’d love to give her my vote simply because her name rocks (tee hee), I’ve
unfortunately read the Maximum Ride series, so Max gets my vote.
Match 5 Hermione vs. Claire
Haven’t read Claire’s series. Hermione automatically wins.
Match 6 Katsa vs Emmerson
I’ve read neither of these stories! So I read through the arguments written by their representatives, and based purely on that Katsa wins.
Match 7 Bella vs Janie
I haven’t read Janie’s story and that means (oh goodness, can’t believe I’m going to say this) Bella wins.
Match 8 Tris vs Bryn
I haven’t read Bryn’s story. Tris wins.
Match 9 Katniss vs Fire (this pairing is so ironic…)
Haven’t read Fire’s story. Katniss wins by default.
Match 10 Luna vs. Sophie
I haven’t read Sophie’s story. Luna wins!
Match 11 Nora vs Alex
I haven’t read Alex’s story. Nora wins!
Match 12 Rose vs Clara
I’ve read neither Rose or Clara’s series (from what I’m getting it’s the same series?). Honestly, I want to vote for neither of these characters because the main arguments for them is that they can attract hot guys. *head desk* But I’ll pick Rose because her representative mentioned a couple qualities that were heroine-like.
Match 13 Tessa vs. Luce
I have read Clockwork Angel (currently read Clockwork Prince) and Fallen, Passion, and Torment, so looks like we’re up for our first real battle!
– even though she claims to hate Will for treating her poorly, she still finds herself attracted to him
+ she hasn’t let the torture she went through affect her too badly
+ she’s willing to sacrifice her own comfort for others
– she keeps falling for the same guy even when she’s warned it’s bad for BOTH of them
– her friend was killed right in front of her and she hardly thinks about her
– she is super self-centred
Match 14 Aura and Kaylee
Read neither of these stories, but both of their representatives make good arguments (even if they depend slightly on the love interest as an element that makes them heroines). In the end, I think Kaylee‘s Buffy-like attitude takes her to the win!
Match 15 Mara vs Karou
I’ve read neither of these books (though the arguments for their heroines certainly make me want to!) Both of these heroines appear to strong, independent, and individuals; however, Mara gets my vote because she questions the status quo, which takes a true heroine.
Match 16 Izzy vs Calla
Haven’t read Calla’s story. Izzy automatically wins!
Round 2 The Superior Sixteen
Match 17 Clary vs Cammie
Clary has some pretty awesome powers and does some pretty awesome things. She had to deal with thinking the guy she is in love with is her brother, which can be pretty scarring, but she also said fuck you to that social construction which can either be viewed as admirable or more than a little disturbing. She totally mistreated her best friend and let a pair of pretty eyes turn her world upside down.
Cammie is completely kick butt. She has been training to be a spy her entire life and comes from a long line of spies. This can be viewed as loyalty or the predisposition to being a follower, except that Cammie is a leader. She takes charge multiple times and she goes against the rules and her own mother, though not always for the right reasons. Her life is run by two goals: complete the mission and protect her loved ones. Nothing else matters to her.
Match 18 Annabeth vs Max
Since I haven’t actually read The Lightning Thief, Max squeaks by another round.
Match 19 Hermione vs Katsa
Here’s me weeding out more of the characters I don’t know…
Gryffindor Hermione wins the House Cup!
Match 20 Bella vs Tris
Bella is a beautiful but clumsy girl with self-esteem issues. She moves away from the sun and the place she loves purely to make her mom happy (although her mother never said that she’d be happier if Bella wasn’t living with them…). She treats her friends like second hand citizens once Edward shows up. Edward who is her air and her water and her food and her EVERYTHING. Because nothing else matters. Even though she’s completely against marriage she gives up her own personal beliefs just so that she can have sex with the glorious Edward, gets pregnant, and nearly die. Then she gets awesome powers which she uses to protect everyone she loves (and stop anything actually interesting from taking place). Oh, and something about Jacob too, but no one actually cares about him (not even Bella…)
Tris is raised believing that it is essential to put the needs of others before your own, but she can’t get past her own selfishness. She admires the glory that comes with being a part of the Dauntless clan, and even though she knows it will destroy her family chooses that life for herself. Although she’s not fearless, she does have a mostly easy time in training thanks to being a Divergent. She only speaks up against unjust orders sometimes, but when she does she stands her ground. Even though she is betrayed and nearly dies, she carries on stronger than ever. She is frequently saved, but can easily protect herself as well.
Match 21 Katniss vs Luna
Katniss risks almost certain death in order to protect her sister. Despite having serious issues against her mother, she continues to care for her, and the only thing that pushes her to try her hardest in The Hunger Games is to come back home so that she can continue to care for her family. She has a protective instinct, determination, and an intelligence that leads her to the top. She is broken over and over again, but always continues on.
Luna is her own person. She is loyal, intelligent, and powerful. She can see the truth more clearly than most and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She was bullied for years, but doesn’t hold a grudge or let it affect who she is. She follows her passion and does what she sees as right, fighting even when hope is fluttering.
This is the hardest match I’ve had thus far because both of these characters are amazing. I think Katniss is definitely the more traditional heroine while Luna is more the unsung hero. My instincts are telling me to go with the underdog, but I think Katniss had to do much more on her own, and so she gets my vote. Barely.
Match 22 Nora vs Rose
Nora gets a lucky break because I haven’t read Rose’s series.
Match 23 Tessa vs Kaylee
I think if I would have read Kaylee’s story she might have taken this one, but instead Tessa gets to see another round.
Match 24 Mara vs Izzy
Like Match 23, I think Mara would have had a chance had I read her story. Izzy moves on.
Round 3 The Extraordinary Eight
Match 25 Cammie vs Max
You’ve already heard my thoughts on Cammie, but this is the first time Max has found herself against someone I’ve actually read.
As far as fourteen year olds go, Max is the best. Raised in a cage and mentally and physically tested for years, she comes out of it all bruised but not broken. She is incredibly caring and motherly, but that’s where the stereotypical female qualities end. She is sarcastic, strong, brave, and puts the needs of others before herself. She also has the misfortune to be in a book series with less consistency than the second series of Glee. If I’d only read the first book of the series, Max might have had a chance, but after reading Angel, Cammie definitely wins this round.
Match 26 Hermione vs Tris
You’ve heard my thoughts on Tris, so it’s time for Hermione to take the spotlight.
Hermione Granger is the character I identify with the most, but I’ll try to remain unbiased in that respect. Hermione is smart, loyal, brave, and has a strong sense of right and wrong. She is often called the smartest witch of her age, but this isn’t just because she’s naturally talented. She works hard at everything she does. She often allows herself to be taken advantage of by her friends, but she also isn’t afraid to stand up to them when the time arises. She loves deeply, but she puts her own feelings aside for the greater good. In the end Harry may have saved the wizarding world, but we all know he wouldn’t have lasted a day without Hermione by his side.
And I thought the Luna/Katniss match was difficult! My goodness, both of these characters are such strong heroines! In the end while Tris is the more physical heroine, I think Hermione has to take the win because while Tris was willing to let her friend fall to an icy death, Hermione always stood up for what is right no matter what the consequences.
Match 27 Katniss vs Nora
You’ve heard my thoughts on Katniss, so let’s give Nora her chance.
Nora is…unremarkable. I honestly don’t remember much of anything about her. Her friendship with Vee was admirable. Pretty sure she did some stupid things in order to find out some truth or to impress a guy…the details are pretty fuzzy in my mind. Hm. I think the definition of heroine needs some reworking if characters like this fall under that category. Or maybe images of women in YA literature need some reworking.
No contest. Katniss wins.
Match 28 Tessa vs Izzy
Ah, two of Cassandra Clare’s creations get to go face to face. This should be interesting.
Tessa is living in a past London where women were trapped in dresses and corsets and manners, so it’s unsurprising that she’s a fairly quiet character. But she is pretty remarkable for her time, I guess. In Clockwork Prince she is trained to fight, though not necessarily by her choice. She is very loyal and puts others before herself. She’s not exactly kick butt, but at least she isn’t a damsel in distress…that I can remember.
Izzy is sharp-witted and good with sharp objects. Her attitude isn’t the greatest, but she doesn’t care what you think anyway. She is fiercely protective of her family and makes her own choices. Sometimes she lets her need to rebel make her choices for her, but overall she is a strong and independent character.
Are any of you surprised? Izzy takes this round!
Round 4 The Fierce Four
Match 29 Cammie vs Hermione
It’s time for the Gallagher Girl to go against the Gryffindor Golden Girl!
Cammie and Hermione are both smart and strong characters. Cammie is a more physically fit character, but that’s because Hermione doesn’t need her fists to take a person down. They both made sacrifices, but I think Hermione’s were greater: she erased her parents memories, watched the love of her life walk away, and knew without a doubt that she could be tortured and killed at any time. Cammie had to give up her new boyfriend, which, you know, sucks, but just isn’t comparable. However, Cammie would never let her friends take advantage of her the way that Hermione does, so plus one to Cammie for that.
In the end I think it comes down to the stakes in these character’s lives. Hermione was under way more pressure than Cammie and she basically saved the entire world, while Cammie’s accomplishments, while also great, are just not on the same scale.
Match 30 Katniss vs Izzy
Honestly, there is no contest here for me. Izzy is awesome. I wouldn’t say she’s in my top four heroines and had she been up against some different characters she wouldn’t have made it this far, but she is a strong character. I love her attitude and that she makes her own decisions. I love that she doesn’t let guys control her actions.
But Katniss is an absolute bamf. She is a survivor. She went through mental and physical torture and continued to fight. She was the banner behind which all of Panem was able to flock. Yeah, a lot of who she was was built up by the media, but the girl behind the Mockingjay was even more amazing because she was real.
Katniss shoots her way to the finals!
Match 31 Hermione vs Katniss
Hermione and Katniss are both amazing heroines. It’s near impossible to choose one over the other, and in order to do so I’m going to have to be very nitpicky to catch some of their flaws.
Hm. This is really difficult.
I mean there was that one time Hermione called Luna “Loony Lovegood” which shows she listens to gossip. And she also gets pretty snappy with Luna a couple of times, showing that she doesn’t really care much for people with opinions that are different than her own.
And Katniss had more than a little help getting through a lot of her obstacles. If she hadn’t been “the girl on fire” would she have gotten any sponsors? If Thresh hadn’t come at just the right moment do you think she would have made it to the end? Luck played just as much a part in Katniss’s survival as her own skills did.
And yeah, Hermione’s kind of a teacher’s pet. And okay, Katniss can seriously have tunnel vision.
This is definitely a tough one, but I’m going to have to go with Hermione.
Hermione Granger is the #1 heroine in YA literature on this list, even after all this time. In a couple years I’m sure many of these other characters will be forgotten, but I don’t think any of us will ever forget Hermione: the book worm who saved the wizarding world.
What did you think of my choices? Did I zig when you would have zagged? Let me know in the comments. I think this exercise would have gone differently if I had read more of the novels the heroines came from, but overall I’m happy with the outcome.