The best part of reading books is when you can sympathize with the main character. In most of my favorite novels, there is a trait, a habit, a moment that rings true. I can see myself in many characters and for me, that’s usually a major factor in making my favorite’s list.
This week’s Top Five Wednesday post revolves around characters that I closely resemble. While there isn’t one character that fully embodies my personality, I can find little pieces of myself in a handful of them.
5. Liesel Meminger, The Book Thief
Just like Hermione, Liesel found strength in words. In order to survive, she stole books, looking to preserve their power. I too, believe in the influence of words. They have the power to build cities and end lives. Liesel’s reference for literature is astonishing. In a world that treated humans like animals, Liesel found the beauty in stories.
4. Nancy Drew, The Nancy Drew Mystery Series
Okay, so I’m not a famous amateur sleuth and no I don’t own a blue convertible. There is however, one thing that Nancy Drew and I have in common with everyone’s favorite titian haired teen detective. We are both fiercely loyal. Throughout the series, Nancy put the welfare of her friends and family before her own. There were even times when she put her life on the line for the ones she loved. No matter what happens, I think family and friends are the most important thing in life and, like Nancy, I would do anything for them.
3. Cath Avery, Fangirl
When I first read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I was stunned at how true to life it was. As a writer and a member of the Harry Potter fandom, I could sympathize with Cath’s reluctance to let go of the story that had ushered her through her adolescent years. I had just graduated from high school when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out. It was difficult for me to let go of the trio and their adventures. Slowly, writing began to fill the void left by Harry, Ron and Hermione. Though I never produced any of my own fanfiction, I enjoyed Cath’s enthusiasm for the Simon Snow stories. And I also related to her ravenous desire to write, although I wouldn’t have jeopardized my college career for it.
2. Luna Lovegood, The Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter may be the story of a boy wizard, but it is filled with many strong female characters. Luna Lovegood didn’t make an appearance until the fifth novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but her impact was immediate. She was odd and unconventional and made no apologies for it. When Harry was down on his luck, when everyone was turning against him, Luna stood by and gave him the confidence he needed to pull through. The perpetual loner, Luna was proud of her eccentricities. It’s taken me a while, but I’ve learned to embrace what makes me unique. I’m a nerd with a capital N and at one point in my life, that wasn’t cool. But, like Luna, I found people who support me even if I don’t always follow the crowd. Right till the end, Luna was herself. She never wavered and never fell under anyone’s influence. That is an admirable trait, one which I’m getting better at every day.
1. Hermione Granger, The Harry Potter Series
Hermione is arguably one of the most famous female characters izn modern literature. Her intelligence, independence and fondness for her friends have endeared her to audiences young and old. I always identified most closely with Hermione’s love of books. Whenever there was a problem, Hermione went to the library. It was her strength, her comfort zone. I felt the same way when I was in middle school. It was a rough time for me. I didn’t have many friends. In fact, Harry, Ron and Hermione were my only companions for quite some time. Books were my sanctuary. No matter what was going on in my life, I could find solace between the pages of a good book, most notably Harry Potter. Hermione proved that it was okay for girls to be smart and bookish. I found strength in that. I thank Harry Potter for many things, including my desire to become an author, but I often forget the influence of Hermione. Of all the characters, Hermione was the most confident and the most assured. She made it cool to read.