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Top 10 independent heroines in literature

Jessica Arnold is a freelance entertainment writer for

These girls don't need
a man

Move over, Prince Charming! These ladies have it covered. Of course, just because these book girls don't need a man doesn't mean some good guys don't show up along the way.

These girls don't need  a man

Don't get us wrong, the Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilights of this world definitely have their place, but sometimes we want to read about a woman who's independent and fierce. These ladies may have some love in their life, but it's certainly not everything. Here are our favorite picks:

These girls don't need  a man


Remy from Hollowmen

Amanda Hocking

Remy fights zombies better than any of the guys. As the leader of her group of humans, this girl knows how to take care of herself.

These girls don't need  a man


Lisbeth from The Girl

With the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth is the person who makes this book great. She's such a unique character. Sure, she has some serious flaws but, at the end of the day, takes care of business on her own.

These girls don't need  a man


Tally from Uglies

Scott Westerfeld

Before Katniss from The Hunger Games, there was Tally. Uglies is one of the original heroine dystopian novels that shouldn't be missed.

These girls don't need  a man


Allison from

The Immortal Rules

Julie Kagawa

When Allison gets turned into the thing she hates most (aka a vampire), she has to learn to navigate the new world all on her own. She's as fierce as she is fun.

These girls don't need  a man


June from Legend

Marie Lu

June is the leader in her class and mature for her age. By leader in her class, we mean in fighting. June is training to be a soldier, and she scales buildings better than anyone, except maybe the illusive rebel named Day.

These girls don't need  a man


Dinah from Queen of Hearts

Colleen Oakes

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this novel and, let me just say, I loved everything about Dinah. Based on the story of the queen from Alice in Wonderland, Dinah is awful yet you fall in love with her all the same.

These girls don't need  a man


Cassie from The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey

She may be the last person alive on the planet, but she'd make our list even if there were billions of people around.

These girls don't need  a man


Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series

Tamora Pierce

She dresses up as a man, only to show them all up. Alanna just wants to prove herself in a world that says she can't. Girl power all the way!

These girls don't need  a man


Libby from Dark Places

Gillian Flynn

If you haven't read Gillian Flynn yet, go buy a novel from her now. Her female characters are all amazing, though Libby is the one who stuck out in our minds to include on this list.

These girls don't need  a man


Megan from Steelheart

Brandon Sanderson

In a world where the superheroes are the bad guys, Megan stands up against them all. She's kicking butt and taking names.

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