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Top Ten Characters That Most Resonate With Me

It has been a while since I participated in a Top Ten Tuesday post which is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Now that I have completed my April challenges, I am looking at other things again! I also noticed the themes for this week and future ones that interested me, so here I am…

This week’s theme – Characters That Remind Me of Myself. The characters I picked are not a mirror image of me by any means; but I am like them in some ways, some of their characteristics fit like puzzle pieces with mine, and then I would like to be more like them in some other ways. And many (all) these books are almost like a permanent fixture on my blog – so many TTT lists include them:-)

characters that resonate with me

Jo from Little Women is one of the first literary characters I strongly identified with. Maybe this is cliche for book-lovers; but as far back as I can recall, whenever I read Little Women (and even when not), I always pictured myself as Jo. This quote fits me to a T: “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

George from the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. She knows her own mind; she is adventurous and brave. I am not all that of either; but I enjoyed reading her exploits and hoped to be more like her in these aspects at least.

Katy from What Katy Did is kind, brave, strong, selfless to a fault; while I do not strive or want to be as selfless as Katy was, her strength amazed me. And she was a bookworm who devoured all sorts of books!

Dickon from The Secret Garden – Oh, how I longed to have those magical powers he seemingly possessed with nature; I still do so I can watch my garden grow (but don’t seem to be there yet!)

Suok from The Three Fat Men She endeared me to her when I first read this book; her antics, her bravery, her smartness all made me a hope I was just a little bit like her! I loved this book as a child and only much later did I realize the political undertones of the story.

Anne Frank from The Diary of a Young Girl –Not a fictional character but I truly felt I could identify with so much in her. And I always wished I would have her resourceful courage.

Anne from Green Gables – I had seen one of the many TV series as a kid and maybe read an abridged version of the first book; but I actually read the unabdridged series as an adult. No matter what version, Anne’s spunkiness appealed to me and I inspire to have more spunkiness for myself! Her love for life, finding joy in the everyday things, her constant chattering and optimism are what I (hope I) see in myself.

Flip and Serena from Zeb and the Great Ruckus – Flip is a wonderful friend (which I hope I am to my wonderful friends); and Serena (the main character Zeb’s mom) is game for adventure and wait for it, loves to speak in rhyme (I am kind of that way too, much to the chagrin of my kids!)

Haroun from Haroun and the Sea of Stories – He is easily the voice of reason and fights evil forces in the magical moon Kahani (which means story). Practical and believing in magic all at once 🙂

Liesl from The Book Thief I loved the lengths she was ready to go to for the love of reading. And I think I am kind of that way too 🙂

And I have one more to add:

Calpurnia from Calpurnia Tate: Calpurnia, or Callie Vee, as everyone calls her, is my kind of girl heroine. I can picture a younger version of myself doing at least some of what Callie does; and wanting to be treated no different than the boys. (Though I am lucky in the fact that my parents treated me and my brother just the same!)

So there you have it – a little more than ten characters who resonate with me. And I did not include Hermione or Liz Bennett or Alice or……

What about you? Which fictional character do you identify with? Do any I have listed talk to you? Let me know in the comments 🙂

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Characters That Most Resonate With Me

  1. I love your character selection! Especially, Anne from Green Gables! It has also made me want to reread The Secret Garden. Classic and timeless books.

  2. You have picked some literary classics for this list and I love it. I grew up spending a lot of time in the pages of some of these books.

  3. Children, especially, need to see themselves in book characters. I learned so much about honor and bravery and speaking truth and struggle from seeing characters deal with issues in stories. Your list has many of the characters I love, though I didn’t find most of the non-American characters until I was grown, like Katy and George and Anne and Haroun.

  4. This is a great list! I haven’t read all of these but the ones I am familiar with are wonderful. I have Calipurnia Tate, but we haven’t read it yet. It sounds like a good book!

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