1. Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
Ok, I’m sorry, but this bitch right here. She’s like all of the best Austen heroines rolled into one. She takes care of her ridiculous, spoiled family like a champ. She deals with heartbreak with dignity. She’s intelligent, interesting, kind. While some of her values are dated, she is in control. She keeps the family together, she stands strong, she is fabulous. If more people were like her, the world would be better. Where is the Elinor love?
2. Anne Elliot, Persuasion
Love her! She’s the best. She puts up with a lot of shit. She’s also a feminist! Look at her, stating the female case time and time again. She is entirely selfless, and I love it! She’s a good person. If you couldn’t tell before, I like good people. You should too! She’s rational (I LOVE RATIONAL), even though that leads to some mistakes. She also tries not to let her mistakes rule her life. She’s dignified without being proud. She’s actually pretty sassy sometimes too: “She left it to himself to recollect, that Mrs. Smith was not the only widow in Bath between thirty and forty, with little to live on, and no surname of dignity.” Anyways, despite all this her rationality and timidity get in the way, so she doesn’t really take control of her destiny. Whatever, love her.
3. Fanny Price, Mansfield Park
Am I going to get in trouble for this one? Probably! But I don’t care. Apparently the Austen “fandom” on the internet, or at least on tumblr, thinks Fanny Price is spineless. Get. Over. It. Fanny Price is low class female in the Regency Era and she ends up content (if not happy). No spineless girl could do that shit. She gets pushed and pulled around, sure, but she doesn’t let anyone fuck with her principles and in the end not only does she succeed in acting as a strong, independent woman, she comes out looking better than everyone else. She is the most real heroine to me. She may not try to get crazy romance and intense passion but she doesn’t need it. That sounds like a cop out but it isn’t. She’s better than girlish fancies: she’s going to focus on being a good person instead of a good woman (thus she eventually rejects a proposal she was expected to accept). Whatever. I’ll argue this forever. Fanny Price is awesome. Deal.
5. Jane Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
So Jane is fabulous. She is the prettiest, the nicest, the strongest. She goes through life thinking the best of people, and that bites her in the ass but she stays strong because she knows it’s no use to be hateful or angry.
Rosamund Pike is also the best Jane in the whole wide world. She played sweet without seeming naive, and she is one of the most beautiful women evar.