Books are made all the more special when you find a kindred spirit between the pages.
I saw this going around in the blogosphere around, um, well over a month ago but… I knew I had to do it, even if it is months later since the tag originally circulated. I want to give a quick shout-out to Ash and Lo over @ Windowsill Books for coming up with this tag because it is was a GENIUS idea. I’ve seen a lot of people do characters who are no way near as similar as the other characters they’ve chosen and being someone who likes logical consistency, I felt confused for a very long time. But then I realised we can’t always fully relate to a character because we are not them, so, naturally, there will be parts of a character’s personality we relate to. So, now that I’ve conducted a logical analysis, let’s promptly move on to me in book characters!
- Thank the creators of the tag
- Thank whoever tagged you – thank you, Sophia Ismaa
- List 5 characters who you are most like and explain why
- Tag other bloggers
- Theodore Finch from All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Ah, Finch. All those years I was hoping to find a character who felt the same emotions as me and then Jennifer Niven, finally, delivered one to me. Finch does things to the extremes and sometimes there’s no in between. He is blunt, eccentric, a little strange but also tender-hearted and caring than most people realise. A lot of people cannot read me at first and might consider me a little stand-offish, but I think once you get to know me, sure, sometimes you might not know what you’re going to get, you’ll know there are good intentions. Finch has so many emotions and still manages to not express them in the right way. Like me, he seeks new experiences, has a strong desire to live but gets frustrated when he cannot. He’s moody and then elated and God forbid, when we come crashing down, it can be hard going. It’s a scary life, y’all.
- Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Oh, hey there, Miss March! Creative, full of ideas, stubborn, temperamental, independent, feisty, sincere, humanitarian and feminist (it may not say outright, but let’s be honest, she’s a feminist). Jo loves to write stories, initially she struggled when she was writing rather, what’s the kind way to say it, flashy stories but she realised she needed to write stories that actually came from the heart. Like me, she has 50 different ideas for stories at once, I feel that, I have the next 50+ blog post ideas already planned. She also becomes a teacher by the end which, ironically, is what I want to do by the end. Jo is hopelessly socially awkward around new people and will crack jokes without realising that it’s not the proper thing to say… truthfully, sometimes, I do know it’s not the proper thing to say but I’ll say it anyway because, like Jo, I am not bound by conventions.
- Anne Frank
Okay, so… she’s not a character, obviously she was a real person. But I have to add Anne because within the first few pages, I understood Anne completely. Anne at the start began her diary because despite being popular and loved, she didn’t feel like she had a true friend and that resonated well with me. Not that I don’t have friends and family who love me but what we’re talking about is that ‘one true friend’ where you know that you are their number one and they are yours. I remember doing a course in Wales and even though I was popular, and everyone loved me, and I loved them… I just felt that deep inside no one really knew the real me. Anne reflects that she understands that if she spoke about her feelings that might change but when you’re out, you just want to have good times. And believe me, sometimes even talking about your feelings doesn’t necessarily deepen and strengthen a friendship… these things are not guaranteed but that doesn’t mean we stop trying either because, despite it all, people are good at heart. Another thing I related to was that both Anne and I are incredibly sensitive, wither without fresh air, companionship and laughter, love our respective Grandma’s (my Grandma was my favourite person) and we’re both good at baking.
- Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I really wish I could say that I relate to Elinor because I was in awe of her, I mean, what a woman! Marianne is emotional, picky, outspoken, moody and uninhibited when it comes to emotions and I am guilty of having all of those traits too. If I think you’re nice or I like you, I will say it. I think we had to learn the hard way about being too honest about your feelings but… why must this change? What’s so bad about this? I do like to think that I would have better sense than to fall for Willoughby… I mean, when you look at Colonel Brandon, so dignified, gentlemanly and calm, what more could I want? * Whew * I’m not that romantic though, you have to pry it out of me.
- Emma from Emma by Jane Austen
Really, I don’t think I’m much like Emma but boy, if I love you, or actually if you’re anyone for that matter, don’t mind if I do a little bit of meddling. Only a tad though… not a lot. Picking up new hobbies and dropping them once I’ve learned the basics or found something else that’s piqued my interest is definitely something I do and a habit I hate! Emma can be insensitive sometimes and I find that relatable. If I don’t like someone, ah, I hate to say it, it takes every effort to keep my mouth shut if they keep persisting with their irritating qualities #callingyouout. Otherwise, that’s pretty much it. I think I’m more in the middle with these two Austen characters.
I honestly didn’t think there would be a lot of female characters I’d relate to, but I do apparently and I’m so glad to see that I can.
I’m aware that this tag is rather old now, so I’m sure plenty of bloggers will have done this already so if I tag you, don’t mind it. Again, as always, no pressure to do the tag.
Did you find any of these characters relatable? If not, which book character do you most relate to?
Happy blogging; Sophski out.
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