On some level, I think we like the characters who remind us of…well, us. It’s comforting to see characters who are similar to us, in whatever way that is. Sometimes my friends say to me, “wow, you are just like [insert character here,” so I got to wondering which combination of characters would combine to make me.
Often, if I don’t like a book, it’s because I’m unable to relate to the main character. And that’s not the author’s fault – most of the time, it’s just because reading is subjective, and everyone’s different. So I’ve compiled a list of a few characters that I really identify with and love to pieces.
Luna Lovegood has to be my favourite character in the history of ever. I can even do her voice (one day I might make a video of it). I love her so much – she’s curious and intelligent and vague and loyal and just…awesome. She’s a bit airy-fairy like me.
Okay, so it might not be a COMPLETE coincidence that two Harry Potter characters are on this list. Hermione Granger is such a fantastic role model, and I’ve always identified with her, especially when I was a lot younger. She’s a bookworm, which is awesome, and super-smart, and seriously, Voldemort would still be alive if it wasn’t for her.
HAZEL GRACE LANCASTER
I love Hazel as a character. She’s witty and clever and struggling to find her place in the world and I identified with her SO MUCH through reading The Fault in Our Stars. That’s one of the reasons why I love it more than John Green’s other novels – his male protagonists often sound very similar, but Hazel is so brilliantly herself.
Those are the three characters from YA books who I never fail to love. I think if you smashed all of them together, you’d get someone pretty similar to me…with a little bit of Unique Emily-ness thrown into the mix.
Of course, there are also the protagonists who I’d LIKE to be more like – the ones who I admire and look up to. There are a whole bunch of them. But those I’ll talk about in another post.
So tell me: which fictional characters do you identify most with?