To be honest, I’m not much of a one for “inspirational characters”. I don’t get inspired from fiction, really. I enjoy things, and do find certain qualities endearing or insightful in particular characters, but this is a surprisingly challenging question for me, especially when trying to answer in something of a lolita sense.
However, I can answer with these characters:
Adora Belle Dearheart (Terry Pratchett’s Discworld). She is severe, smart, well-put together and all in all a wonderful, vaguely intimidating, stylish woman. Hashtag goals.
Lirael (Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom). A shy, quiet, misfit of a bookworm (sound familiar? Except I’ve never really been quiet…) does what she must to make things right in the world. Also she has a Librarian’s waistcoat and a somewhat mysterious sword.
Sara Crewe (Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess). The book, not the movie. Though this is a kids book, I love Sara’s determination to “be a princess” when a princess is someone who is good and brave and just regardless of what life throws at her.
Pamde Amidalla (Star Wars). Especially in the novelisations, where you get a little less Lucas and a little more depth than the movies, Padme is a powerhouse. And her outfits are some pretty amazing eye-candy.
Captain Janeway (Star Trek Voyager). Voyager is the only Star Trek series I’ve watched to completion, and I actually do admire Janeway something fierce. I also enjoy her change of hairstyle each season.
It may not read like it but I really struggled putting that list together. Like I say “inspirational” isn’t really a word I apply to characters. “Enjoyable”, certainly and they all are. “I found the overall message of this book/movie/show inspiring”, also yes. I feel like this list is wrong, incomplete, but also like it’s too long and also kind of fake.
I know that’s a bit of a downer to end a blog post, but regardless of the empirical goodness of my list, I hope it gives my readers a little insight into my taste in books, TV, and movies!