Over the last few years, there has been a definite increase in so-called ‘Feminist Fiction’. These are my top 5 and vary from YA to adult fiction and fiction to non-fiction.
1) Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Only Ever Yours is definitely one of my favourite YA reads, and quite frankly it shouldn’t even be considered YA. Everyone needs to read this. Set in a not too distant future, young girls are made perfect in labs and taught to be the perfect wives or sex slaves. Louise O’Neill takes a scathing look at how we’re damaging young girls in this society based on body image and the obsession of ‘looking perfect’ A brilliant. thought provoking read. You can read my review of this book here.
2) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
No feminist reads list is complete without (Queen) Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Like Only Ever Yours, THT is set in a dystopian future where poor women are forced into surrogacy for rich couples. Only valued for their reproductive system, THT takes a look into the dangers of valuing anatomy over everything else, stereotypical gender roles and when sex stops becoming a choice and starts being used in order to survive.
3) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Although this doesn’t seem the stereotypical feminist read, what this book does that not a lot of others do, is present 3 female family members as a happy family. They are not defined by a patriarch but by their abilities and willingness to help others. It also represents women of all ages without stereotypes. Young and old women fight evil and neither are too weak to stop.
4) How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Words cannot describe how much I admire Caitlin Moran. Following on from her success of ‘How to be a Woman’, Moran writes brilliantly about being a teenage girl in today’s society and usual trials and tribulation that follow. It’s hilarious and also puts across an important message that us teenage girls do matter, and that whatever’s happened, chances are someone’s already done it. It also showcases a confident, unashamed heroine in the 21st century, something which there is a severe lack of today’s society. A must read.
Now we come to the final and only non fiction book on the list. The title We Should All Be Feminists is taken from Adichie’s Tedx talk in 2013 and is a brilliant essay on the importance of feminism now. Eloquently argued, persuasive and with points that will leave you punching in the air, We Should All Be Feminists explains exactly that. Also, unlike many writers, Adichie calls upon her childhood memories in Nigeria to push her point even further and explores intersectionality within feminism.
So there you have it. My ‘Top 5 Feminist Reads’. I could have put so many more on the list but I had to whittle it down to just 5 :(. What books would you put on your list? Comment below.