17 Reasons I would be the worst YA heroine

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Reasons I would be the worst YA heroine

Wherein I am sarcastic and sassy and use gifs to express myself. 

The other day I was sitting there thinking about all the things some YA heroines go through and how much they sacrifice themselves for others. I started criticising one heroine and thinking she was so selfish, and then I wondered, what kind of YA heroine would I be? So I compiled a list, and I found out I’d probably be the worst. Yup. Are you ready? 😉


If I got a superpower or gift, it would be more likely that I would use it for my own selfish gains (#realtalk). I might be willing to help for the greater good and all that later, but I’m just saying I’d be pretty darn busy having a great time using my superpowers and being awesome. I regret nothing.



If I found out I was a princess from some magical (or non-magical) place, I wouldn’t be all “oh? It can’t be me?” I’d be all “I frickin’ told you so now where’s my throne and my 10 course meal”.



I would not cut my hair short in a moment of dramatic self realisation because I like it long. And luscious. (Personal preference. Problem?)



I’d want my hair to change into some wacky colour or at least have streaks of a wacky colour, which would probably happen too too much exertion of my power, whatever that may be.



I need to eat. Like really often. And a lot. I’m not joking. I get feral without food.



I also need to sleep. But not so much, because I am a night owl. Hoot hoot.



I like naps. Mostly because I don’t sleep as much as I should, so we’d need to schedule those in between all my saving the world tasks and whatnot.



Can I bring my cat? Because I’ll surely miss her. And complain about it.



How many books could I bring in a rucksack whilst trying to save the earth from it’s impending doom? I’ll need one for each week, you know.



Will I have to choose? Books or food?



Will there be cupcakes?



Or any kind of cake?



I would freak out if I got scars on my face. Unless they were pretty scars, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Like “Oooh, that girl definitely just saved the earth and overthrew the baddies” kind of scar. A battle scar. Okay I actually want a scar. #thuglife



I would probably shout out “plot twist” way too often when things go wrong because I’m funny like that and my sense of humour is on point.



If I was the chosen one, I’d probably get a badge saying “chosen one” and wear it all the time. I’m not proud of myself. (Or am I?)

chosen one


As I tend to find it difficult to get along really well with people, I’d be really picky with who I’d bring on my quest (okay I know there was no mention of a quest but it’s neither here nor there and maybe a girl just wants what a girl wants, you know?) #squad



Lastly and most importantly: I am a lazy slug


Would you be a good YA heroine?

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    Dani (@dani_reviews)
    March 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    OMG THIS WAS HILARIOUS. And so, so true. For me as well ahahahaha.

    You clearly need a techie and therapist on your #squad, yes?

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    March 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Another interesting topic! I think you have a very amusing sense of humor and I can relate to some of these points, I mean who doesn’t want to be a princess or queen and rule over everyone. I will definitely be that very judgy princess that lords her awesomeness over everyone and has one hell of a man candy on her arm or both arms who cares. They have to be really hot too and I won’t stop them when they are fighting over me.

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    March 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Omg! This is hilarious! 14 and 15 made me crack up laughing. I’d want food and books as well – I don’t travel light, so I’d need someone to carry all my books.

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    March 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    LOL, I love this post! Especially your desire to have “Oooh, that girl definitely just saved the earth and overthrew the baddies” kind of scar 😀 I am sure it would suit you 😉
    And I would be very bad YA heroine as well because I would do nothing but read books and drink teas and would not have time to save worlds LOL

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    Lara @ Another Teen Reader
    March 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Ha! This post made me laugh so much: I’ve always thought I’d be the one who died on page two of a novel, so as heroine I’d just spend my time crying and demanding hot chocolate. But, judging by this, we could form an anti-heroine club together ;-).

    Also, I watched the episode of SUITS that first GIF comes from today, and seeing it made me squee so much!

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    Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout
    March 19, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    OMG, this is so hilarious but also SO RELATABLE. Because like 80% of these are also me. I’d definitely be a bratty princess. And I’d sleep a lot. And definitely read a lot of books. I think I’d make a terrible YA heroine too, but perhaps I’d make a passably interesting minor character who shows the heroine an Important Book to lead her on her Quest? Ahahaha.

    Thank you for stopping by The Devil Orders Takeout!

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    March 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Haha great post! I so agree with 1. If I got super powers, my first thought probably wouldn’t be for the greater good… Sleep and long hair are two things I require. I wouldn’t be one our those heroines who’d forget the last time she ate or would dramatically cut off her hair. And you can bet that I’d get 12 hours of sleep each night. It doesn’t matter who’s after me, I might as well get a good night’s rest and look refreshed and awesome the next day! ;D

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    March 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Fantastic post, very funny! I would probably be too much of a goodie goodie to be a superhero :).

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    March 20, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Haha. I would probably be a terrible hero, because no way I would sacrifice myself or do something scary to save the world :’) I value my life too much. I would also use my powers for other things than only being noble, haha.

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    Emily @ Loony Literate
    March 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

    THIS POST IS AMAZING AND I AM BASICALLY YOU. I mean, I’d also be a terrible heroine. I’m feral without sleep – we make a good pair. And actually, the MC in my Alice in Wonderland retelling is always saying “plot twist” so clearly I’m a mind-reader.

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    March 21, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Ahaha I also say plot twist out loud whenever something weird happens in reality. The ability to have awesome hair colors-need. I think the number one reason I wouldn’t want to be a YA heroine is because I definitely don’t want to end up with a weird name like Mare or America or Katsa xD

    On a side note, I realize you’ve influenced my reading because I just finished ADSOM and then picked up Rebel of the Sands haha. Ah well, they are good reads so it’s all good 😉

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    Jess @ Little Book Heaven
    March 21, 2016 at 4:52 am

    I love this post, Anissa! I like my hair long as well. And I definitely love my sleep. But I would love to have a superpower though. 🙂

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    March 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Dude, I don’t even have anything sensible to say. Just YES. Hahahaha. If I was the chosen one, you would all be majorly screwed. Just sayin’. No regrets. Where’s the cake?

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    March 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Ahh this is perfect! I totally agree with you! I wouldn’t be able to live with the lack of sleep/food most protagonists seem to get. One of the main problems for me would be the lack of hygiene too! Some people who know me call me a germaphobe… I shower twice a day, wash my hair every day, and always carry hand sanitiser. I don’t think cutting my hair would be a problem though… I have super short hair already! I have it in a supershot bob/boyish cut type style. I like it super short, but my Mum doesn’t let me!

    Amazing discussion post, Anissa ♥
    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    Shaunna @ Books Over Bros
    March 21, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I feel this post so much. Amazing. I am definitely too much a fan of sleep to be out saving the world all of the time.

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    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    March 22, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Hahaha I too would make a terrible YA heroine, but for me it’s mostly because I’m a coward. I would so not be charging into battles guns-a-blazin and going into scary places to save people and facing down villains in epic sword fights or magic battles. Nope. I’m fine with heights though. So if I obtained the power to fly and someone needed saving off a tall building, I could handle that. But that’s about it lol.

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    Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
    March 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Ah, such a fun (and hilarious) post! I definitely don’t think I’d be a great at being a YA heroine either, I’ll just stick to reading about them! PS – I love your new blog theme! So beautiful!!

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    Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
    March 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Ah, such a fun (and hilarious) post! I definitely don’t think I’d be a great at being a YA heroine either, I’ll just stick to reading about them! PS – I love your new blog theme! So beautiful!!

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    March 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I absolutely HAVE to do this tag! Wait is it a tag?? Hopefully so. Anywho, I agree with pretty much everything you’ve listed! How can these characters forget to eat, or cut off their hair being all dramatic? I’m so doing this asap, thanks for coming up with the idea 🙂

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    Rin @ Under Covers
    March 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I LOVE this post lol! I found myself yelling “saaaame” on most numbers haha. I don’t think i’d make a very good heroine either seeing as I’m that person who walks all the way down the stairs pauses at the bottom and forgets why I came down in the first place !

    Great Post! I love your blog! – Rin <3

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    March 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    lol great post Anissa 😛 (that gif with the cat being brushed, aaawwww)

    I would be a terrible YA heroine as well ‘ugh do I HAVE to?’ although I’ve already cut all my hair off, so I guess that’s one point down 😉

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    Maaike @ All These Lives I Live
    March 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Haha, omg. I just laughed so hard at this. You’re totally right, though. I don’t even want to begin thinking about what kind of heroine I would be. Most of this would apply to me as well. How fortunate that authors always seem to find these other kind of characters XD I really need to rethink the word ‘relatable’ in a bookish context it appears. Because this is WAY more relatable than what I usually define ‘relatable’. Hahaha. It’s decided folks, don’t ever put me in an apocalypse.

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    March 31, 2016 at 11:22 am

    OMG! This was adorkable. I’d love a book with a heroine like you.

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    Jillian @ Jillian's Books
    April 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    HAHA THIS IS HILARIOUS. I do have to agree that if I were a princess, I wouldn’t be at all surprised because yo I was born a princess! Ya know??? <3 I love all the points you presented and this post is definitely A+ haha.

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    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence
    April 8, 2016 at 4:53 am

    OMG Anissa you are absolutely hilarious! Of course you would use your powers for selfish gains, like more food and unlimited books, that sounds absolutely amazing. This is so much fun!

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    April 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This is AMAZING hahahahaha <3

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    July 10, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I agree with all of those. Especially thuglife scars (that’s what I tell my self my little hairline scar on my cheek is, even though it’s from when I scratched myself as a baby… hahahaha)

    Also: fellow Belgian alert!!! Woohoo!

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    July 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    So this is basically a list perfectly describing me for the most part. I would totally want different colored hair, my dog, and plenty of books and cupcakes to keep me entertained. I feel like I would get myself killed by the enemy because I’m way too sarcastic for my own good! Such a lovely post!

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    Saturday On Wednesday
    August 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    This was hilarious and more relatable than I am willing to admit.

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    February 16, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Omg :)))
    Well, I don’t know which of us would male a worst ya heroine tbh.

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