I meant to do an awesome picture-based day in my life post, but I forgot to keep taking pictures halfway through the day. So I'll come back to you on that on Wednesday, LOL. Instead of doing that, today I'll talk about some of my favorite fictional characters! There are some really good characters out there who affect my point of view in life and in writing.
(BTW, read this. This is the funniest blog post I've ever read.)
Well, we have to begin with the female giants of my favorite books, so let's kick it off with Harry Potter and the gloriously superintelligent Hermione!
There is nary a character to match her. Starting off as a bossy, know-it-all eleven-year-old, throughout the series, she develops into a intelligent and loyal young woman willing to fight to the end for the Wizarding World and her friends. She stands up for what's right, and she saves lives because of it.
She also made a huge difference for female pop culture fans. So many nerdy fangirls look up to Hermione as an example of why intelligence is admirable. Though she can be ruthless and dislikes the less exact magic that would probably be my wheelhouse, I love what's she been able to accomplish..
Book One: "I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed--or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed."
Book Four: "Just because it's taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!"
Book Six: "You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we?"
Katniss, is the main character of The Hunger Games trilogy and the most kickbutt female character in all history. Her straightforward, immediate voice changed our idea of first person female characters in YA literature.
Not only is Katniss tough beyond anything, but she's also virtuous. All the characters notice it. Even Peeta points it out. She's devoted to the few people she trusts, and she follows her own morals as best she can. That's some legitness. It takes a lot to be a tough and virtuous character.
I do have a problem with her almost-cruelty when it comes to romance, but she shows an independence even there that is admirable. That exact lack of caring makes the fact that there is a love triangle in this series bearable. Because, as I've stated before, I don't like love triangles.
Toughness, virtuousness, and devotion. That's some greatness.
The entire trilogy is from her perspective, so.
Now that we've talked about female awesomeness, can we talk about male awesomeness? Like TEAM PEETA!
I can't even tell you how much I love Peeta. I ADORE HIM. It makes me so sad that he isn't real, because he is the ultimate guy, the best romantic figure in all of literature. He loved Katniss so much he made the choice to die protecting her twice. He is the sweetest, kindest, strongest, most charming boy EVER, and he is SO good at romantic gestures. Dudes should just go read the Hunger Games to figure out how to be. Because... I can't even tell you. It makes me choke up just thinking about Peeta. That kind of love? It doesn't happen every day. Or maybe ever.
Book One: “Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to… to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.”
“I remember everything about you. You're the one who wasn't paying attention.”
Book Two: "I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever."
Book Three: “The problem is, I can’t tell what’s real anymore, and what’s made up.”
Ella from Ella Enchanted is a good strong female character. I like Wanda from The Host because she displays an altruism that I relate to. Alex Rider from the Alex Rider series is pretty cool, although I can't see him fitting in with any of these other characters. Then of course there are a ton of other minor characters I love in Harry Potter--like Fred Weasley.
So yeah! Who are your favorite characters? Thanks for reading!
(An updated list of male characters is available here, while an updated list of female characters can be found here. There is also a list specific to villains here..)
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