This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish is titled Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself Or Someone I Know In Real Life.
I found this a little challenging because I rarely find myself comparing characters to real-life people. As a writer, I’m keenly aware of the unique fingerprint of each character. There are always differences. I also had to be careful of the line between actual and desired similarities.
1. Daemon from Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout – Daemon reminds me of a boyfriend I had once. He was rude and mysterious and definitely forbidden. It was still one of the most tangible relationships I have ever had. But those characteristics rarely make for a lasting relationship.
2. Minny and Aibileen from The Help by Kathryn Stockett – combined, these lovely ladies remind me of Cynthia, one of our own helps when I was little (and if you are going to turn judgmental on the issue of real-life help, I suggest you read these posts by World Moms Blog first). She was our biggest support after moving to this town, she was like a second mother to us kids – but fortunately our own mom is nothing like Elizabeth! She is now retired, but we still see her regularly.
3. Steve Jobs from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – I don’t know if this is cheating since he’s actually a real person. Not being a tech-fundie, I was surprised throughout this book how much The Boy has in common with Jobs. His disregard for conventional education and his brusqueness are especially notable in similarity. Fortunately The Boy does not share ALL Jobs’ attributes.
4. John “Spud” Milton from the Spud series by John van de Ruit – Spud reminds me of my little brother. You know, the adolescent boy trying to deal with growth spurts and such, and messing around with the boys while trying not to lose track of his individual artistic gifts.
5. Marcus Flutie from Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty – he reminds me of a good friend I have, who is rather unorthodox and non-conformist, but a real little philosopher inside. I have lovely soul-searching discussions with him. And he makes me roll on the floor with laughter.
6. Jocelyn Fray/Fairchild from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Jocelyn reminds me of an aunt I had, who sadly passed on in a violent hijacking. She too was a single parent with a turbulent past; a gentle, slightly disheveled, artistic soul. The similarities make me emotional.
And now some characters that remind me of myself:
7. Cadi from The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers – there is a sadness and curiosity in Cadi that reminds me of the ten-year-old me.
8. Jess from Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – it’s more the friendship with Leslie than anything else that rings true here. I was (am?) a creative little thing that loved conjuring up imaginary worlds. I was blessed to have a friend who indulged in these worlds with me. We had wonderful adventures together. We ended up going our separate ways, but she will always have a special place in my heart.
10. Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – as I’ve said before, I am often compared to Hermione. And that’s okay. Only, I don’t think I’m quite as brave.