I mean, J.K. Rowling‘s literary heroine is pretty obvious. She said:

“My favorite literary heroine is Jo March. It is hard to overstate what she meant to a small, plain girl called Jo, who had a hot temper and a burning ambition to be a writer.”

Well, duh, J.K.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Mallory’s piece on The Hairpin, texts from Little Women.

I was out the other night with someone who very casually dropped their alias (people who give their real names at Starbucks must really love living life on the edge, I think) and I mentioned that I always use “Ellen Olenska.” I think the first “good” book I ever enjoyed on any level was The Age of Innocence. I liked the Countess Olenska because 1) she wore a black dress at her coming out ball 2) she had an affair with her male secretary 3) she got to be a countess and 4) she ended up mingling with artists and lived happily ever after. I did not love Newland Archer because he was a fucking moron.

These were not sentiments that I incorporated into papers I’ve since written about The Age of Innocence, but I still feel like they were pretty dead on.

That said, my earlier childhood heroine was almost certainly Eloise. Here. Let’s go through some options and figure out what they say about you. If I left some out that’s because I left out something between “five books” and “the vast majority of literature.” [ITPGallery]