I was tagged by Nicole at Sorry, I’m Booked for the Myself in Five Characters Tag. This tag is exactly what it sounds like – it’s all about the five characters I see myself in most. I feel like the characters I chose are some of the most beloved characters, so I feel like I should say that I don’t 100% identify with any of them. In fact, I think they’re all better than me in some way, whether it is the ability to do magic or just a lower bullshit tolerance (yes, that is a characteristic I value). These are just characters that I very strongly identify with.
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter
“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.”
Hermione is probably the character I identified most with when I was growing up. Not only am I a bookworm and overachiever, I am a compulsive rule follower with very frizzy hair, for which I was mocked for years. I basically am Hermione. Except I can’t do magic and I’m not nearly as badass. I guess I’m just an amalgamation of all of her nerdy qualities. But still.
Matilda Wormwood – Matilda
Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.
Before Hermione, there was Matilda. Like Matilda, I grew up in a family who wasn’t that into reading, prefers to watch TV or movies, and often teased me for reading so much (actually, they still do). I spent a lot of time wishing I could live inside of books.
Tyron Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire
“Sleep is good. And books are better.”
Even though I kind of hate identifying with a Lannister (just on principle), I’ll be the first to admit it: sometimes I can be a condescending jerk. I don’t have a very high threshold for dealing with ignorance (particularly when I know the person is willfully ignorant – which, sadly, happens often). I’m also regularly underestimated, and when someone gives me a chance to do something, I tend to surprise them. I may not be a dwarf, but I was made fun of for other things enough to have developed a tough (and very sarcastic) skin. Also, I really like books. (Are you seeing a trend here?)
Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
Aside from Lizzie’s love of books, we have a few other things in common. First, a stubborn streak. We’re both also somewhat reticent to enter into direct confrontation, but can hold our own when forced to. As I’ve grown older, I’ve definitely gotten better at this, but I’ve always admired Lizzie’s courage (not going to lie, I probably wouldn’t have been as clear-headed standing up to Lady Catheirne). But a large part of why I identify with Lizzie is that our families are freakishly similar. Only I have two sisters and, sadly, neither one of them is Jane.
Kell – A Darker Shade of Magic
Standing there on display was painful enough. Now came the truly unfortunate task of socializing.
As much as I love Lila, I definitely identify more with Kell. He’s almost drowning under his responsibilities (not as much as Holland, but still). Like Kell, everyone seems to see me as responsible, which means 1) I’m given even more responsibility, and 2) the consequences/disappointment is much greater when I fail. Which kind of sucks. So, also like Kell, I find little ways to rebel to stay sane. We’re also both a bit uncomfortable being the center of attention.
This was actually much harder than I thought it would be! This post took me forever to write. But, still, it was really interesting to go back through all of my favorite characters to see who I see myself in most. A few of them were no-brainers, like Hermione and Elizabeth Bennet, but I definitely had to think about others.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I know a lot of people have already done this tag, so if you haven’t done it already and you want to, consider yourself tagged!