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This list was actually really difficult to compile and while I feel it is adequate, not all of the characters are a perfect match. In fact, to date there’s only one that I feel really captures my personality even close to perfectly. As for the rest, well most of them are incredibly bookish. Surprise, surprise.
10. The Fox from Wish by Chris Saunders
This might be stretching a bit simply because you don’t get to know the fox incredibly well in this book, but the fact that a) he is a fox and b) his wish is to write amazing stories is enough for me. I love foxes so much, they’re my favorite animal in the world if you’ve not realized as much from what I named this blog, and I’m working to eventually finish and publish a book…so there you go.
9. Aleksander from the Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld
There are a lot of pieces to Aleksander that I found relatable, beginning from the very first moment that we meet him in the first novel of the series. What can I say? I relate to kids who are acting with their imaginations. And then, overall, Alek is just a kid thrown into a whole world of craziness as a result of the war going on. Despite all that, he still goes out to help the strangers.
8. Gabry from The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Gabry fits my shy side, the side that doesn’t do insane things unless there are other people around to push me to it. The kind that wouldn’t give up on someone she loved and cared about, no matter the danger. I’m not really one for zombie stories, but this book really got me. And I think a large part of it had to do with how relatable I found Gabry. I could definitely see myself in her situation, if the world were to come to what hers is.
7. Klaus from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The big reason I relate to Klaus comes from the love of reading and the library as well as the moments in which he finds himself complaining about the unfairness of the world. I mean, that fits me pretty well and I won’t deny that I loved him more than any other character in that entire series. I might not be massively interested in the kinds of books that he reads, but still.
6. Beck from You by Caroline Kepnes
Alright, so there are a number of things about Beck that I don’t relate to. For example, the cheating, the therapist bit, and a few others. But the struggling writer piece? The falling for the wrong guys piece? Even the unfortunate lack of caring about the window being closed is something I can relate to. Though, frankly, I’m not nearly as bad as Beck was. And I think part of the reason why I found You so petrifying was because of how much I related to this character.
5. Lena from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I connected a lot with this character, and while I will admit that this one might be a little off with my personality as it has been a long, long time since I read this book, but from what I recall I do feel as though I had a lot in common with her. Even the fact that her best friend was wild and out going matched well with me, as I had a best friend at the time who matched the other girl so incredibly well. Even the abandonment piece matched. And that’s the thing, really; it’s incredible to find yourself and your experiences within the books you read.
4. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I think a lot of young girls relate to Hermione and many of us are well aware of the reasons for why this is a thing. Of course, I feel like Hermione is a bit more outgoing than I am, but there are a lot of facets to her that explain how much I relate to this character. I totally would have read all the books before beginning at Hogwarts. I one hundred percent believe I would have excelled in all my classes, I did in the real world. I definitely would have spent a large portion of my time in the library. So, you know, it makes sense that I’d relate to her.
3. Sheska from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Hahahaha, okay, so I probably wouldn’t ever end up nearly crushing myself to death under a mountain of books and my mother isn’t in need of life saving medical care. However, the love of books that Sheska has, the fact that she got fired from her job for reading–that’s never happened, but I have read at work when I wasn’t supposed to in the past; what else was I supposed to do while waiting for customers on register? Plus, I hated food service–and the photographic memory (mine is not quite to the level of hers, but I have a little bit of it) and you’ve pretty much got someone who I can relate to immensely.
2. The main character in Book Love by Debbie Tung
I mean, if you’re a book lover and you don’t feel connected to the girl in the graphic novel, Book Love, I don’t know how you’re a book lover. So much of this book embodies the people whose lives are about books and while I won’t say that every single comic within the book is something I inherently connect with, the other 99% of it is. If you’ve not read this one, I’d definitely suggest that you do.
1. Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
You’ve all heard me talk about how much Cress reminds me of myself. It’s so much to the point that I reference it almost every time I talk about her. Aside from the computer programmer bit as I am far more bookish, everything about her is so close to me from where she began as a naive, somewhat secluded girl, to someone who has grown and learned from the world.
And that’s all for today, thanks for dropping by!