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“Now you’re just somebody that I used to know…” Weekly Top Ten: Characters that remind me of someone …

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. Are you a blogger as well? All that’s asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it!

Today’s Top Ten:

Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me either of Myself or Someone I Know in Real Life.

Books are funny things. When we read them, we give up a part of ourselves. We fall into the story (if we are lucky) and we bond with the characters. We begin to see people we know in the tales on the page and we make deeper connections to the stories by this recognition. Here, then, is my list of the characters who remind me of either myself or people I know.

* Mr & Mrs Weasley, the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Weasley parents are an unlikely choice, but they remind me so much of my friends Rebecca and Randolph. Like the Weasley’s, their house can be mildly chaotic, with people coming in and out and children darting around corners and through doorways. However, like the Weasleys, you are always welcome at Rebecca and Randolph’s. There is always a cup of coffee or a beer on offer, and a delicious meal – with enough for all – is bubbling on the stove. There are seemingly a thousand and one different conversations going on around you, but you know that what you have to say is important and that the person you are speaking with will keep coming back to you, determined to hear what you have to say. I love going to their house, and understand exactly how Harry felt every time he showed up on their doorstep.

* Marilla Cuthbert and Rachel Lynde, the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

My mother and her best friend (also named Ann) are thick as thieves. They have been friends as long as I can recall, with a tradition of lunches and afternoon coffee breaks and a weekly ritual of heading downtown for grocery shopping and a coffee date that has stood the test of time and the lost of one of their spouses. They have worked together at the town library, and watched each other’s children grow up, get married (and divorced), change jobs and otherwise complicate their mothers’ lives. These two women have been each other’s quiet source of strength as they have seen their spouses decline or pass away. Like Marilla and Rachel, they wouldn’t hesitate to be there for each other and would do whatever needed doing – not because it was for show, but because it was the right thing to do. Yet despite this closeness, they are very much private individuals. It would horrify them to talk about their relationship; they may not be the ‘kindred spirits’ that Anne and Diana might be, but their friendship is no less strong.

* Sadie Kane, The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Sadie is a very young character at the start of Riordan’s series. Separated from her brother Carter, unsure of her own abilities, she nevertheless grows into herself and becomes a confident and poised young woman by the end of the trilogy in The Serpent’s Shadow. Like Sadie, my youngest niece “M” has struggled to find her place in an ever-changing world. She has always had abilities beyond her own awareness; however, it is only as she has grown older and wiser that she has developed her own sense of self. Where she was once unsure and awkward, she is now confident enough to speak her mind and to stand up for what she feels is right and just. While she may not have mystical powers of Ancient Egypt behind her, she does have the courage of her convictions and that, to me, is just as important.

* Kate “Puck” Connolly, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Puck is strong and determined. She makes the decision to act in order to save her family, and she doesn’t back down. She takes on all comments and remarks, and just puts her head down and stays true to her task. She is a beautifully written character –full of emotion and fire, determined to keep her family together for they mean everything to her. So too, is my niece “S” –equally determined in the face of adversity, quietly able to make her own way and to just get things done. She managed, amidst all the flurry of advice from family members, to complete her degree early, hold down two part-time jobs and ear enough money to travel Europe for six months. If I know anyone brave and determined enough to race the water horses, it would be S.

* Katniss, The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Katniss is resourceful – she hunts for game to help her family survive, she picks up on how to succeed during the Hunger Games and she makes friends with the “good” kids in order to form lasting friendships. While I’m not entirely sure of her abilities with a bow and arrow, my niece “K” is the outdoorsy one of the bunch. A white-water rafting guide and counselor at an experiential learning camp, she is as happy outdoors as she is inside. She is the only girl I know who requested an axe for Christmas and a canoe for her university graduation presents – and squealed with excitement when she received them. When they draw my name, I want K on my side.

* Mr. Bennett, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen

Mr. Bennett is, after all is said and done, simply a father who wants his daughters to be happy and for them to have what’s best for them. This is my Dad to a “t” – and let it be known, my mother is NOT like Mrs. Bennett with her conniving and manipulations!

* Paige, The Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong

Paige is bright, capable, honest to a fault, bakes amazing cookies and is incredibly dedicated to pursuing the development of her magic through books. There is no one else I could compare her to than my friend Jen from Misbehavin’ Librarian. Like Paige, she is fiercely protective of her family, is an amazing baker, loves books (hey, she works in a library!) and reads voraciously in order to improve. As well, she shares the same honesty and wicked sense of humour as her literary namesake!

* Jo, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Okay, I’ll take the leap. I always find myself gravitating back to Jo each year, reading Little Women with slightly different eyes. Each time I read it, I want to be like Amy or Beth, but I always end up with Jo. She’s a tough girl – the tomboy – and the one who speaks her mind and shows her beliefs by her actions. Like Jo, I’ve never been entirely comfortable in my place in the world, and have felt slightly off of my friends and colleagues. It takes a while for Jo to find her place in the world and when she does, it’s not necessarily where everyone expects her to be. Still, she ends up happy, and that’s all I could ever ask for myself.

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18 Responses »

  1. I love Pride and Prejudice! Your other choices were great as well. You are right. We do share the same taste in books!

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  2. You can see your love for your nieces in your descriptions and I love the comparisons to the characters. Also, the description of your mother and her friend was beautiful!

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  3. What a terrific list! It was fun to read all of kind things you had to say about your family and friends.

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  4. I love that you have friends like Mr and Mrs Weasley – that sounds like a lovely go-to place!
    And Jo is wonderful – you should embrace the likeness :)

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  5. I should reread little women to recall which character i like best…

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  6. Amazing choices! Jo made my list as well – like you I find myself inadvertently re-reading Little Women each year! I had characters from Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice make my list as well, so great choices!

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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  7. I chose Jo March as well! I love the fact that you chose The Weasley Parents as well! Great list!

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  8. Great list! I think it’s really great that you have a Dad like Mr. Bennett but a mom who is way cooler than Mrs. B.

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  9. This is such a fun list! I love that your mom and her friend are like Marilla and Rachel…those are two of my all-time favorite literary characters!

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  10. I always wanted to be more like Anne than Diana…or Laura Ingalls Wilder (I have always wanted to try Vanity Cakes!!). I’m a bit more like Hermione, though–in the bookish sense. I once took out a biography of Winston Churchill for a “bit of light reading”. I didn’t make it all the way through but I read part of it at least. I want to have another go, I think…

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  11. Marilla and Rachel! I love Anne of Green Gables! I always related to Anne!

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