For a female protagonist would you prefer her to be brazen and self-assured or meek and mild that comes into her own, but seems to need a protector?
For example, I love Rose from The Vampire Academies. I love the fact she doesn't wait for people to tell her what to do. She assesses the situation, makes a plan and carries it out. However her faults, I think are much more apparent, such as acting before she thinks and hurting people (Adrian) due to her selfishness.
Then you have
Luce from the Fallen series (though she tries to figure things out) is more average and cautious and waits to see what others do until the end of the second book. And I think Luce's faults are subtle. I can't call her weak, but I can't really call her strong. I can't say she isn't willing to fight but I wouldn't classify her as a fighter.
My questions to you are: Which female protagonist do you prefer? and who is (are) your favorite female protagonist?