Reading Georgette Heyer’s The Corinthian got me thinking about books where girls disguise themselves as boys to get by in the world. There are so many out there, especially in fantasy or historical fiction, it seems.
Here are ten that I’ve stumbled across:
- Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Written 1601-1602. LT.
- Alanna of Trebond in Tamora Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure. Originally Published 1983. LT.
- Polly Perks in Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment. Originally Published 2003. LT.
- Dona St. Columb in Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. Originally Published 1942. LT.
- Romilly MacAran in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Hawkmistress!. Originally Published 1982. LT.
- Éowyn in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Originally appears in The Two Towers; originally published 1955. LT.
- Mary Faber in L.A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack. Originally Published 2002. LT.
- Haruhi Fujioka in Bisco Hatori’s Ouran High School Host Club manga. Originally Published 2003. LT.
- Sarah Louisa in Ann Rinaldi’s Girl In Blue. Originally Published 2001. LT.
- Penelope Creed in Georgette Heyer’s The Corinthian. Originally Published 1940. LT.
What other books can you think of that have girls (or women) disguised as guys (or men) in them?