A Guide to Female YA Leads
  • Clary Fray: Imma do the thing
  • Literally anyone: Don't do the thing
  • Clary: I'm sorry did I fucking ask you?
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  • Aelin Ashryver: Imma do the thing
  • Someone: Don't do the thing
  • Aelin: Fine
  • Aelin: *whispers* Imma do it later
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  • Alina Starkov: Imma do the thing
  • Mal: Don't do the thing
  • Alina: Why not?
  • Mal: *gives reason*
  • Alina: Hmm. Good point.
  • The Darkling: Hello
  • Alina: Imma do the thing
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  • Juliette Ferrars: Imma do the thing
  • Someone: Are you sure you can?
  • Juliette: *stares*
  • Juliette: *rips a car apart with her bare hands*
  • Someone: Yeah nevermind forget I said anything
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  • Ruby Daly: Imma do the thing
  • Liam: Don't do the thing
  • Ruby: Liam, leave this to the big kids, okay?
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  • Adelina Amourteru: Imma do the thing
  • Someone: Don't do the thing
  • Adelina: Why not?
  • Someone: Um, because it's morally abhorrent, blatantly disregards every law ever, and will likely end in death?
  • Adelina:
  • Adelina:
  • Adelina: your point being...?
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  • America Singer: Hey, Maxon, let's say I, hypothetically, were to do the thing...
  • Maxon: Please don't do the thing
  • America: Okay, so let's say I, hypothetically, did the thing 20 minutes ago...
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  • Penryn Young: Imma do the thing
  • Angels: Don't do the thing
  • Humans: Don't do the thing
  • Penryn: ...maybe do the thing
  • Raffe: Don't do the thing
  • Penryn: Imma do the thing
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  • Tris Prior: Imma do the thing
  • Someone: Don't do the thing
  • Tris: *makes direct eye contact, promises she won't do the thing, then does the thing*
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  • Linh Cinder: Imma do the thing
  • Someone: Don't do the thing
  • Cinder: Look me dead in the eye and tell me that you think I'm doing this because I feel like it. I dare you. I fucking dare you.

Book ladies: part one, /part two/

She gave it all, you gave her shit
She coulda done, just anything
Or anyone, cause she’s a goddess
You never got this
You put her down, you liked her hopeless
To walk around, feeling unnoticed
You shoulda crowned her, cause she’s a goddess
You never got this


Favorite Female Characters in YA fiction: Genya SafinAlina Starkov & Zoya Nazyalensky (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)

“I am a doll and a servant. I am a pretty thing and a soldier just the same.” 

“It’s true,” I said softly. “You are stronger, wiser, infinite in experience.” I leaned forward and whispered, my lips brushing the shell of his ear. “But I am an apt pupil.

She looked like a saint. Delicate bones, glossy hair, perfect skin. All she needed was a halo.


“He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”
“Yes,” I said simply.
“Because you would be the strong one?”
“Because they’re better men than you.”
“You might make me a better man.”
“And you might make me a monster.”