Fantasy Series That Feature Strong, Complex Women

Fantasy Series That Feature Strong, Complex Women

Upset at how "Game of Thrones" is treating its female characters? Here are some series that treat their female characters right.

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Here are some of my personal favorite fantasy series that showcase women how they actually are: complex, strong, and more than just a plot point in a male character's story arc.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Celaena Sardothien is the youngest assassin in Adarlan, captured and forced to work at the Salt Mines of Endover. After the Crown Prince chooses her to be his champion, Celeana must fight for her freedom while hiding a secret she has been keeping since birth. Over 6 books, we are given the opportunity to learn and grow with Celeana. I have never seen such a strong character come into her own, be clear in what she wants and how she wants it. This story is not just about her, but about her strong support system. She makes mistakes, falls in love a couple of times, but always makes it out okay. "Throne of Glass" is one of my personal favorite series, and the emotional roller coaster this series will throw you on will be one you'll never forget.

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson is one of the most well-written fantasy series you might ever read. Sanderson is an incredible writer, with fantastical worlds, an incredible magic system, and characters you will fall in love with. Vin is rescued from the streets and taught how to fight by a larger than life legend Kelsier. She grows into one of the strongest fighters in the city in order to take down the Lord Ruler. Vin is not just a badass woman, shes straight up a badass. Mistborn will have you gripped from the first page, never letting you go.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince trilogy is one of my personal favorites, full of love, betrayal, angst and cute faerie men. Jude is a human child brought back and raised in Faerie lands, constantly bullied and out of place. She dreams of fighting for the King but because of her race, she cannot. She instead becomes one of the best spies, working her way up to the top through her cunning abilities and intelligence. Jude is incredible, someone I relate to heavily, and her love-hate relationship with Prince Cardan is downright delicious. This was my favorite read of last year, and I still think about it constantly. The last book in the series is scheduled to come out later this year.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Six of Crows duology follows six misfits as they attempt a heist unlike any other. All the characters are deliciously complex, but the women of these books are some of my absolute favorites. There's a reason they refer to Inej as "The Wraith", she's quiet, sneaky and absolutely deadly. After getting kidnapped from her family and being forced to work in a brothel, she joins the group as the spy. Not only is Inej powerful representation for South Asians, but she's also constantly conflicted between duty and love. Nina is powerful, a representation of fat women, and has the power to damage a person's organs. She's hilarious, and incredibly forward and always puts her country's interests in front of her own. I've never quite cried as much as I did with the second book in this duology, and there's a Netflix based on this series currently in development.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.
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Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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20 Poem Prompts To Celebrate National Poetry Month

Time to flex your creative muscles

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National Poetry Month is a yearly celebration of poetry, occurring each April, which was introduced in an effort to increase public appreciation of poetry. Poetry can seem pretty unapproachable if you've only been exposed to it in English classes, but it's actually a really relaxing and accessible form of self-expression. Even if you've never written poetry before, try your hand at it with one of these prompts--you might be surprised by how much you like it!

1. Write a poem where each line is a message to someone who isn't in your life anymore.

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2. Imagine you are the size of an ant. Describe what you see/do.

3. Write a poem that's only one side of a conversation.

4. Write a poem that picks up where your last dream left off.

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5. Write an apology to yourself.

6. Write an ode to an inanimate object that's within five feet of you right now.

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7. Write a poem about two seemingly unrelated things. Find a way to relate them.

8. Write a poem using the words "core", "trumpet", and "prosperity".

9. Write a poem about a color. You cannot use the  name of the color or the word "color".

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10. Write a poem where each line gets longer by one word.

11. Write a poem where the first word of each line starts with every other letter of the alphabet (A,C,E,G....).

12. Write a poem celebrating someone/something you dislike.

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13. Write a poem from someone else's point of view.

14. Write a poem about the best day of your life. Only use negative descriptors.

15. Look out your window. Write a poem based on the next person you see walk by.

16. Write a poem about how it must feel to be a natural disaster (volcano eruption, hurricane, tornado).

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17. Think of the last thing someone said to you. Write a poem that begins with those words.

18. Imagine your world without you in it. Write a poem about it.

19. Write a poem about love that isn't romantic.

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20. Write a poem in the voice of yourself 20 years from now.

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