The Brontë Sister that Taught Us How to be a Badass

by Rachel Baker on August 16, 2015

From the very first mention, How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis has been in my book stack. As I’ve mentioned previously, I was an avid reader as a child, but I didn’t meet Jane Eyre or Jo March until I was in my 20s – interestingly, when I was trying to make my way through the male-dominant world of the military. Point of fact, as a child, I eschewed these books while my younger sister gravitated towards them (sorry sis, for being obnoxious – you were right). This past year, I’ve been on a sort of existential journey to understand who I am and what things shaped how I see myself – and how the cultural iconic ‘things’ of the late 70s and all of the 80s impacted who I’ve grown up to be.

The concept of this book is very much like my personal journey and since hearing about it, I’ve done my own exploration into what books I read when and how the underlying points may or may not have changed my thinking about the world around me. I’ve always gravitated to the huge stories with epic quests and journeys required to move the protagonist through one stage of life to the other. I’ve realized every ten years, I go on my own existential quest. And every quest is an exploration of a different facet of me. This was has been way more expansive in that I’ve looked at music, books, cultural icons and societal and political views of both my childhood and early adulthood.

The article below is good insight if you haven’t heard about the book or have heard of it, but haven’t figured out if you are interested enough to read it.

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In ‘How to Be a Heroine,’ Lessons From a Brontë and Other Badasses

As a successful journalist, playwright, and now author, Ellis certainly forged a path different to that of most of the women around her while she was growing up. But quite how and why her life took the direction it had done, she couldn’t put her finger on until she sat down and mapped the choices she’d made against those of the literary heroines who’d inspired her along the way.

From Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, through Little Women’s headstrong Jo March, Sylvia Plath’s damaged alter ego Esther Greenwood, Cold Comfort Farm’s practical Flora Poste, Forster’s romantic Lucy Honeychurch, and Salinger’s mysterious Franny Glass, to name but a few—How to Be a Heroine is a meditative trip down memory lane, and a love letter to the books that Ellis identifies as having helped shape the woman she is today.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin. You can also follow her writing about women veteran interests at Shield Sisters

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