Top Ten Tuesday: Feminist Books or Books with Feminist Characters

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m switching the topic a little today because Top Ten 2013 Books is less interesting than Top Ten Feminist Books or Books with Feminist Characters. So here we go, Top Ten Feminist Books or Books with Feminist Characters…

  1. FEAR OF FLYING – reading this right now (almost done) and it’s blowing my mind. The plot is secondary to the feminist philosophy and I LOVE that.
  2. HOW THE FRENCH INVENTED LOVE – Marilyn Yalom is a self-proclaimed feminist who studies the history of love and the cultural differences between love/sex relationships in different cultures.
  3. BOSSYPANTS – I haven’t read this yet, but I really want to. Tina Fey is hilarious and always plays sympathetic characters. I just love her.
  4. THE SECOND SEX – This has been on my list forever, mostly because I’ve read about it in feminist novels. Time to take the plunge!
  5. THE FEMALE EUNUCH – I bought this after reading HOW TO BE A WOMAN, but haven’t gotten around to it.
  6. BEYOND HEAVING BOSOMS – Believe it or not, a wildly humorous and cutting book about romance novels is feminist. Understanding why we take pleasure in an often fluffy genre is fascinating!
  7. CHERI – Colette is a famous French writer/performer and she was known for being anti-feminist in the early 1900s. But her writing deals with issues that feminists of today are concerned with: sexuality, how she is perceived by the world, fulfillment, etc.
  8. THE HUNGER GAMES – we all know that YA is filling the reading world with strong heroines. It seems that these heroines are easier to conceive in fantastical situations or in dystopias. I love the shift from books like THE HANDMAID’S TALE, where women were hopeless to THE HUNGER GAMES, where they kick ass.
  9. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE – pretty much anything by Virginia Woolf will do. Though she isn’t overtly feminist. Her novels are artistic and her characters often pose feminist questions.
  10. Something by Sylvia Plath or Dorothy Parker.

About Natalie Ramm

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1 Response to Top Ten Tuesday: Feminist Books or Books with Feminist Characters

  1. themadething says:

    LOVE Collette. But I obviously would, being a French feminist and Francophile! Her books are really deceivingly simple, especially her series about her dog and cat, and I think a lot of critics fell into the trap of saying she was a dumb idiot because they couldn’t see the depth to her work. It drives me nuts that Saint-Exupery gets that treatment with his books and yet she’s seen as just a, to put in bluntly, dumb bitch.


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