Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday - Characters that Remind Me of Myself or Someone I Know in Real Life

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is: Top Ten Characters that Remind Me of Myself or Someone I Know in Real Life.

I found this Top 10 Tuesday topic actually quite difficult. I suppose in some ways we all see ourselves in the characters of a story. More often the leading lady (for those of us who are female), yet, there is almost always traits and characteristics of these characters that I don’t feel quite allow them to remind me of myself. They almost always make some decision that I would not make myself. And each of us are unique in our own rights while being similar, I suppose. So I guess more than anything, I relate to situations the characters find themselves in more than seeing myself in any one character or situation.

1) I will say that I most definitely know someone that reminds me of Nathaniel Gray from the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Specifically, Clockwork Prince. He’s a master manipulator and can easily portray himself as a brother, friend, potential significant other, only to utterly betray you in the end. That and the fact that he’s quite full of anger that I pray that he can one day let go of. And obviously because of the nature of the character, I’m not going to name the person. Perhaps he could also be a George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as well.

Shall we move on? Slightly more happy characters?

2) I know this is probably going to sound completely generic and unoriginal. But I relate to Bella from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, well throughout the whole series I suppose, but specifically finding herself in a situation where she loves two men in New Moon and Eclipse. One of which lights her on fire and that she feels incapable of living without. The other a dear friend that she loves in a completely different way, but also not in the same way as he loves her. Both of them good men, but one of them is right for her and the other is not.

3) I can see a friend of mine in Vee from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. She probably wouldn’t take that as a compliment, so I’m not naming her. But personally, I think Vee is hilarious.

4) I also have a friend who I might venture to say could be the female version of Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare in personality anyway. Not sure about the demon killing part. But the sarcasm. The wit. Yep. She could definitely fit. Even the self-preservation techniques when it comes to her emotions. But mostly the sarcasm.

5) I’ve known a Mason from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Fiercely loyal, a great friend, had stronger feelings for someone than they had for him. Just happened to be red-headed too. He might also fit a Simon from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare or an Oliver from Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz.

6) I can see myself in Grace from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

7) I can see myself in Hermione from Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I often had “friends” who thought it’d be easier to just let me do their school work for them when we were younger. And while I wouldn’t do it for them, I ended up helping several with their school work whenever I could. Though, I can't remember ever really doing extra credit just for the fun of it.

8) I can see Russ, my husband, in Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Not in the kicking-butt-and-taking-names sort of way—though I did buy him some sparring equipment for his birthday one year so we could fight each other. But in the Zen-life-lessons Rose always jokes on him for imparting. It’s one of the reasons why I fell in love with him. And despite how much of a huge crush I have on Dimitri, he still doesn’t measure up to Husband (IMO).

9) I had a friend in high school who I could see in the Weasley twins from Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Though I’m not sure which one specifically. He was in general the class clown. Though it wasn’t joke shop type material so much as he was just hilariously funny and always doing pranks around school. Maybe he’s more of a Lee Jordan then.

10) And I also have a friend who reminds me of Vasalisa Dragomir from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. She’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. And she’d never be able to let an animal (humans…eh…that’s debatable depending upon who is is) suffer if she had the ability to heal it.

And that ladies and gentlemen is my Top 10 characters that remind me of myself of someone I know. Sorry for no pictures, I was exhausted after compiling my list. It was rather hard to create this one. And I apologize if I keep featuring the same couple of series over and over in my Top 10 posts, it just happens that way sometimes. What about you guys? Which characters remind you of yourself or of someone else you know?


  1. Hi Sandy!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and dropping me a comment. Wow, you sure did better than me in compiling a list! I could only come up with four people who reminded me of fictional characters. Anyway, love your blog and your TTT post!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! And thanks for the follow!!!

  2. This TTT was SO much fun! I love your list and am going to go back and look for characters in those people around me. I often think, upon meeting someone new, who they remind me of in books/movies.

    Also, LOVE the title and background of your blog. The song is one of my all time favorites.

    1. Thank you so much! I love that song too, and my husband really helped me zone in on that for my title. :) Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  3. I can see how coming up with 10 characters that remind you of a friend, or yourself, would be quite challenging. As you were listing them, I thought, "man, I don't know anyone that is like these characters..." I guess that's why they call it "fiction", eh? These "out of this world" type of characters that you'd really ever find in a good book. Enjoyed reading your post!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, it was difficult. That's why I couldn't put anyone like Katniss, Rose, Katsa, any female that really goes out and kicks bootay! You know? It's just too much of a stretch. And it was definitely hard, but I think they fit. I had to go beyond the reach of my immediate circle of real-life peeps to find some that fit fictional characters. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. I can see myself as Hermione too! Very bookish, kinda nerdy.
    I kinda wish I knew someone who's like a real-life Jace! I've always been a bit jealous of those who can come up with such witty one-liners at precisely the right moment!

    Here’s my TTT

  5. Love the list! I feel you. It was really hard to figure out this one for me when other Top Tens have been so easy, but I think you did a great job!

  6. Hi Sandy, thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Great TTT list! Yay for the Weasley twins! I love all things Harry Potter. :) Wonderful blog too.

  7. Hi Sandy,
    Just wanted to let you know I tagged you for the Liebster Blog Award (http://gobsandgobsofbooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/liebster-blog-award.html). Congrats!!!

    1. Thanks so much for tagging me Shelby! I really appreciate it. My post on the award is now up. I hope you check it out.