FMC’s (Female Main Characters) can tend to be extremely difficult characters to execute well in a book. YA characters should have a sense of relatable qualities for a reader to connect with, and they should also be fascinating characters to read about so that the reader will want to be invested in their journey and story. I’m going to share with you some of the YA FMC’s that I absolutely love.
1) Juliette Ferrars
Juliette is the main character of the YA series SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mari. The first book in the series is about Juliette having a deadly power that prevents her from being able to experience human touch. As a result, she ends up being locked in an asylum, and when she eventually leaves she discovers that the authorities in power want to use her power as a weapon. The series is dystopian fiction, and throughout the series you get to see Juliette develop into such a strong and clever character. In the first book, you almost go into it expecting Juliette to be a ruthless character due to her dangerous abilities, but she is an extremely compassionate and sweet character and that made her instantly likeable and easy to root for. I also felt that the theme of mental health was explored in a very well written way. The writing style is told from Juliette’s point of view, and it makes you connect with all of her chaotic thoughts. I absolutely love her as a character, and her journey is an incredible one.
2) Celaena Sardothien
Celaena is the extremely popular main character from the Throne of Glass series written by Sarah J. Maas, who is also know for the adult fantasy series A Court of Thorns and Roses. The Throne of Glass series is about Celaena being presented the opportunity to participate in a competition against other assassins and criminals, to have the chance to become the evil king’s champion and his own personal assassin. Celaena has already spent a year in slavery, and so she accepts the chance to take place in this fierce competition. She’s already a well known teenage assassin in the fictional kingdom of Adarlan, but she still faces many mysterious dangers throughout the book. Celaena is a character who has had an extremely difficult life. She’s lost her parents at a very young age, and she’s been surrounded by ruthless people for the majority of her life. I think that it’s amazing that Celaena is able to have such a great sense of humor in the book, and that she still has her heart open to new friendships and relationships, even though she has endured so many hardships at such a young age. She’s such a confident character without being overly arrogant and she has some epic fight scenes as well which makes the book super entertaining. Even though Celaena is such a fierce character, she is still so easy to connect with.
3) Pippa Fitz-Amobi
Pip is from the popular YA mystery trilogy A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder written by Holly Jackson. Her series is being currently adapted and filmed for BBC THREE, and will star Emma Myers as Pip. Emma is known for playing Enid in the hit Netflix series Wednesday. Fans of Holly Jackson’s series are very excited to see Emma’s portrayal of Pip. The book series is about the murder of a girl named Annie Bell, which took place five years before the start of book. Everyone in the town of Little Kilton believes that Andie’s boyfriend Sal Singh was responsible. Pip, our main character doesn’t believe that Sal was guilty, and she decides to use the murder mystery as her study case for her final project at school. Pip is an incredible FMC, because of her drive and determination. She’s someone who won’t stop until she finds out the truth and that is a very admirable quality to read about in a character. She is also very caring and protective of her family and friends which is also great to see in a young adult character. This series kept me on the edge of my seat, and Pip was a phenomenal character to follow in this murder mystery.
Did you see any of your favourite FMC’s here? Let me know in the comments who your favourite FMC is!