Characters That I Would Be Best Friends With If I Could
Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different Top Ten list topic that a bunch of bloggers take and make their own list of those things.
So, I was going to call this week "Characters That Would Be Best Friends With Me", but then I realized that would be a totally different list. Because who knows if some of these awesome characters would even like me. ;) Just kidding, but these ARE the characters that I would love to zap out of their books so that we could be friends and kick butt together, or whatever they want to do. Hmmm... Or maybe I would zap myself into their books?
I'm going to cheat a little, so some of these are going to be groups of characters from books that I'd love to be friends with. Buuuuuut, yeah, I don't have an excuse. I just want to. ;)
Let's start with the groups first.
1. HARRY POTTER AND THE GANG.
Duh. I mean, of course this is number 1. But I guess I'll explain what I mean by "The Gang" Because I'm sure some people consider more characters or fewer characters than I am going to list. But for me, the gang I'd most want to be friends with are Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville, Ginny, Fred, and George. Being friends with them would be an absolute blast. Plus, presumably, we would be at Hogwarts, WHICH WOULD BE THE COOLEST.
2. Vin, Elend, and the Other Crewmembers
I know they get themselves into life-threatening situations 90% of the time, but these people are the best of the best. Truly kindhearted, though some of them like to hide it. And they're funny and talented and generally awesome. My particular favorites, besides Elend and Vin, are Kelsier, Clubs, and Breeze.
3. The Seven Half-Bloods Who Answer the Call
Percy, Annabeth, Frank, Hazel, Leo, Piper, and Jason. I love them all to the core of me. Hilarious and adventurous and capital A Awesome. I'd love to see the two camps, and fly on Festus and the Argo II, and have adventures with gods and monsters and other demigods.
Hmmmm... So far, the groups I've listed all have a talent for getting themselves in sticky, occasionally fatal situations. I wonder if that's a prerequisite for friendship with me?
Though I guess not because:
I have loved Little Women for so, so many years. And all throughout my childhood, I would wish that I could live with and be friends with the March girls. They're all so different and interesting, and the 1800s felt like a magic world to me then (though I know the difference now). Still, Jo in particular has always been a big inspiration for how I wanted to be when I grew up (a writer who is a strange mix of carelessness and passion).
5. Poppet and Widget
The way they inducted Bailey always made me smile. And who better to take you on a tour of the Night Circus? Which is what I hope we would be doing. They're kind and funny and interesting.
Now I'll move on to individual characters that I'd love to be friends with.
Yes. Fangirl hit me so hard when I read it, partly because it's a wonderful story, and partly because I am reaching Cath's age and I happen to be a pretty big fangirl of books (obviously ;) ) and movies and tv shows and theater (of stories, basically). I understand the worries of figuring out college and writing and what friendship as adults should look like. So, to be friends with Cath, to figure these sort of things out while being friends with her would be amazing. But, for now I suppose I'll just have to gather courage from the words that she inhabits.
6. Sadie Kane
This girl. I mean, she's me in terms of style (combat boots for the win) and (I like to think, at least) in terms of sass. I see parts of my relationship with my older brother in her relationship with Carter. I think Carter and my brother would get along pretty well, too, as they both have to deal with "annoying" younger sisters who are slightly too dramatic for their own good. The only difference is that Sadie and Carter get to have huge adventures around the world, while me and my brother have to go to college.
7. Peregrine Took
PIPPIN! Pippin is one of my very favorite characters from Lord of the Rings. He made me laugh and he made me cry. He's goofy, funny, but he has integrity and bravery. And he's a great friend to Merry, Frodo, and Sam. Very loyal and trustworthy.
I have a feeling, if I went to Middle Earth, I would search out Pippin first (well, Pippin or Eowyn).
8. Anna Oliphant
I know that I've said that I see myself in two different characters on this list already (and I really don't say that often, so it means something), but I think that's why I'm choosing these characters, because we're compatible.
All of that to say, I see a part of myself in Anna, too. A couple of my friends, after reading Anna and the French Kiss, told me that Anna reminded them a lot of me (only with books as my passion, rather than movies). I could relate to the way Anna thought about herself and about others and about relationships in general. She has that sort of quirky humor that I like. I think we'd have a good time just hanging out together...preferably in Paris, of course.
I recently read Faking Normal and what struck me was how Bodee was genuinely a nice guy. But not in an unrealistic or unrelatable way. I can say that I've known guys sort of like Bodee, in terms of true kindness. I loved his Kool-Aid hair and the way he cared about Alexi. Through everything he was going through personally, he still found time to help her deal with her situation.
Who doesn't want to be friends with Jane? Well, whoever they are, I don't want to meet those people (kidding...sort of). She's strong, but vulnerable. I would say that she understands true friendship, despite having such an awful childhood. I love her thoughts on morality, religion, and love all throughout the book and would love to discuss deeper issues with her.