Courtesy of the ladies (and possibly gents? I just discovered them, I don’t know!) at The Broke and the Bookish, I’m participating in their blogthingy (I’m eloquent today, no?) Ten Characters That Remind Me of Me Or of someone else. That second one is trickier. I’d rather admit things about myself than admit that characters remind me of people I know because that gives them too much information (see? I just admitted something!)
Without further ado!
- Tris in Divergent by Veronica Roth. I am poking around and I see a lot of Four, which I admire. Four’s a fairly morally just character and I admire him for it. Alas, I am Tris (and B, who read Divergent after me, told me Tris reminded him of me, and I haven’t decided if it’s good or not that he drew this comparison). I am impulsive, stubborn, sulky, prone to making rash but justified moral decisions, fiercely protective of my friends and my family (both blood and invented), and yes, scared of intimacy in many ways. You tell me I can’t accomplish something, I’m going to grind my teeth and do it, just to prove a point, just like Tris.
- Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but yes, I see myself in Will. I have often prided myself on being sharp-witted, caustic, and sometimes mean to keep people at arm’s length, both to protect me and protect them (long story). But just like Will, beneath that, I love the people I love absolutely and without question.
- Lia in Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’ve struggled with an eating disorder for most of my life, and while I’d consider myself well out of the woods now, I see myself in every page of this book.
- Jo in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I’m Jo. I mean, I AM JOSEPHINE. It’s ridiculous how much I’m Jo. I once named a cat after her. (The cat should have been named Beth :().
- Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter Series. I was quirky, offbeat, and kinda of a loner in HS who made my own group and was OK with it.
- Anne from Anne of Green Gables and subsequent books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I can’t really put why here, yet, I don’t think, but you know. Gilbert. There may or may not be a Gilbert in my life. And I may or may not have been an Anne about it.
- Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I’m a wildly imaginative person and spent most of my childhood convincing my cousins we were all half dragon or half Andalite (that involved some explanation to the parental units about why we were running around the forest in bathing suits…). We built a “fort” in the woods called Fort Lazy and we basically lived there.
- Aly of Trickster’s Queen and Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. If you haven’t read Aly, you need to. She’s spunky, smart, devoted, and fun. I like to think that I’m that way when I’m not being sulky, needy, temperamental and sad.
- Katsa from Graceling & Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I can have a pretty impressive temper, and I need to surround myself with people who are balancers to my impulsive anger sometimes. I also love very deeply and Bitterblue reminds me a LOT of my sister. The Bitterblue/Katsa relationship is basically my sister and I.
- Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore. Yep, I identify with a guy. If you read Brigan, and it’s not just his love of horses I understand, and you know me, you’ll see that. I call it “quiet ferocity” somewhere else.