Day 16 Favorite Female Character

Another toughie.

I think the lady who holds a special place in my heart has to be Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle. 

This is one of my all time favorite novels, because while it has a romance story in it, it is really about Sophie, her growth as a person, her acceptance of her own gifts, and acceptance of herself. The very nature of her curse is all about how she views herself, and the only way to break it is to truly see her inner strength and beauty. Honestly her romance with the wizard Howl is background noise compared to the powerful transformation of Sophie, but that is why she is such an awesome protagonist.