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?