Because you like Catherine Linton in Wuthering Heights
Romantic, impulsive, and captivated by the joys of life, Natasha Rostova is on the messy path of growing up. See them in War and Peace.
Sharply perceptive and stubbornly principled, Jane Eyre might not have a very loud voice, but she knows when and how to use it. See them in Jane Eyre.
Miss Havisham is the creepiest old rich lady in town. See them in Great Expectations.
The black sheep of his family, Rhett Butler grew up to have charm and to see things as they are. He just doesn't give a damn anymore. See them in Gone with the Wind.
Calling Alicia Florrick a "good wife" is damning this smart, capable, thoughtful woman with too-faint praise. See them in The Good Wife.
Anna Karenina doesn't want to be a respectable woman any more. She thinks respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be. See them in Anna Karenina.
Ishmael is a quiet observer on a larger-than-life quest. See them in Moby Dick.
Kathy is a natural caretaker who strives to find hope in even the darkest of times. See them in Never Let Me Go.
Emma Woodhouse knows what's best for everyone else. Just don't try to tell her what to do. See them in Emma.
Phoebe Caulfield is a wise-beyond-her-years 10-year-old with an empathetic spirit. See them in The Catcher in the Rye.
Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara is a heart-melter who has no problem looking after herself. See them in Gone with the Wind.
Celie Johnson says she's poor, black, and may even be ugly. But dear God she's here. See them in The Color Purple.