Hello! Yes, I’m still alive! I only have two words for you all: school sucks. But I’m graduating in less than two weeks, so all will be well again. As I jump back into blogging, I decided to start with a T5W because I was really interested in doing this week’s topic. Today I’l be sharing the top 5 characters I think I’m most like. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at the YouTube channel gingerreadslainey, but is now run by Sam over at the channel Thoughts On Tomes. You can check out the Goodreads group here.
This list was surprisingly easy to make as I thought of all the characters I could relate most to, so here’s your chance to get to know me better! Side note: these characters are in no particular order.
1. Ron Weasley (Harry Potter series by JKR)
It’s funny, because when I was younger, I was basically Hermione to a T. I loved school, I was bossy, I had big, fluffy hair, and I always competed to be the smartest person in all of my classes. I think I jumped from that best friend to this best friend around middle school. In Ron fashion, I think I’m pretty smart, but I hate school and am lazy when it comes to school. I loooove food. In high school, my best friend was sort of like Harry – popular, smart, athletic, the whole nine yards – and I was sort of the side kick who was known by association and, while I played sports, I was always just below her. I’m always the person in the group cracking jokes or trying to lighten the moods. However, when it comes down to it, I think I’m pretty loyal to my true friends and to my family. I’m a Gryffindor through and through. I can be a little jealous. Oh, and I hate spiders.
2. Cath (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)
Okay, but that drawing of Cath even looks like me. I said before that this list isn’t in any particular order, but I think if I had to pick the character I relate to most, it would probably be Cath. In fact one of my favorite parts of this book, as I know many people feel the same about, is how relatable Cath is. Starting with the basics, Cath represents the nerdy side of me, particularly her obsession with a series of books that are supposed to represent Harry Potter. She reads a ton, she loves to write, she has social anxiety, and she’s an English major (Right? It’s been awhile). I used to write and read lots of fanfiction when I was in high school, so that aspect of the book was very nostalgic, as well as the part about her waiting for the midnight release of the final book in that series she’s obsessed with. I read this at the perfect time in my life, and just as Cath grew, I feel I did too, in many of the same ways.
3. Blue Sargent (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)
Would this even be a real post from me if I didn’t somehow mention The Raven Boys though? Blue is probably a bit more rebellious than me, but we both share a kind of care-free attitude. She doesn’t care about the opinions of anyone but her closest friends and family. She isn’t a people person – Blue doesn’t have many friends nor does she try to have lots of friends. She is content with her core group, and I am the same way. I get the impression that Blue hates school and would rather just go on adventures and explore the magic around her which sounds cool to me. Another big aspect that I connect with Blue on is her love of nature and her politics. Blue is never quiet about what she believes in, and it takes a lot to sway her on something if she’s already set on it. Blue is smart and creative and a bit eccentric, all characteristics I see in myself.
4. Leo Valdez (The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan)
In many ways, Leo doesn’t seem at all like the characters I’ve mentioned so far. He’s extroverted (sometimes to the point of annoyance) and is completely fine with making lots of friends and talking to everyone. However, Leo was always somehow the outcast of the group. His peers saw him as immature at times because he could never talk about anything seriously, and it was always Leo feeling left out or unimportant. I relate to Leo’s use of humor as a way to try to connect with people and, to some degree, as a coping mechanism. As I already mentioned, I’m always the one trying to ease tension. Beyond his humor, Leo is a very different person on the inside than he is on the outside. Leo is insecure, always wondering if people actually like him, and he has moments of jealousy and anger at being left out or forgotten. I wouldn’t call myself insecure necessarily, but I find myself having the same doubts as Leo. No matter how hard Leo tried, people never really seemed to appreciate his contributions to the group. I think sometimes I find myself trying hard to connect with people and then realizing they just don’t want to connect. I routed for Leo so hard in these books, and even if the other characters couldn’t appreciate him, I did.
5. Allyson (Just One Day by Gayle Forman)
This book doesn’t have any fanart, and it’s been a long time since I’ve read it, but I remember feeling so connected with Allyson, the protagonist. For one thing, she was starting college, so I could relate to her being a little older than typical YA protagonists. Basically, her first year of college mimicked a lot of my first year of college, and the way she handled it was similar to the way I did. Allyson started out shy and unwilling to try anything new, but she turned into someone with more confidence and drive by the end of the book. Again, I read this at just the right time in my life, and it changed my perspective for the rest of the year. This is marketed as a romance, but it’s more of a self-discovery journey. I felt the same way as Allyson my freshman year, unmotivated, lacking direction, and hating where I was, but later realizing that I could change that. I was like the old Allyson and now am like the new Allyson. I’d love to re-read this book sometime and see if it still inspires me like before.
That about wraps it up! I think most of these character I’ve chosen have similar characteristics, at least to a point. I’d love to hear what character you think you’re most like! Let me know in the comments section below!