Top Ten Tuesday

This bookish meme is hosted by thatartsyreadergirl

Today I’m going to be listing ten of my favorite characters! I’m not gonna lie, this one looked really fun, but now I’m kind of nervous because ten seems like a lot, but it really isn’t…and I have a lot of faves. Well, let’s see how it goes!

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1.) Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling

When I first started reading Harry Potter, I absolutely fell in love with Hermione. She wasn’t stereotypically pretty, and she was unapologetically brilliant. However, as I grew up, I realized that she was also brash, kind of rude, could hold a grudge like NOBODY’S BUSINESS, and once she formed an opinion, it was almost impossible to change her mind. That…didn’t go over so well with me.

Around the time I realized Hermione had some significant flaws, I was introduced to Luna. Now, first off, Ravenclaws gotta stick together. But also, she was just as great and knowledgeable as Hermione, but she didn’t shove it in everyone’s face. Nor did she ever really care when she got bullied, and in fact, she specifically told Harry not to worry about it. I just love the character of Luna so much.

2.) Keladry of Mindelan from the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce

Keladry is simply a badass. She’s the second girl in the history of her world to ever try to train to become a knight, and the first to ever try to do it without dressing up as a boy. As a result, Kel receives a TON of backlash from the boys she trains with, and even most of the authority figures take her as a joke. Yet she plows through it and never lets the boys see her emotions. When I read this series I was about…10? Maybe 11? and I was being bullied too. Kel’s character really stuck with me throughout the experience, and I’m so very grateful for Tamora Pierce.

3.) Belladonna from Belladonna by Karen Millone

Trigger warning for this book, I don’t think it was ever graphic but there are mentions of rape.

Belladonna overcomes soooo much. She’s given a shitty hand, but she plays to win…and boy, does she. Bella is one of those characters starts out pure, but then learns that to survive, she must use everything and anything at her disposal to get what she wants. And honestly, self-preservation is something I will always respect in a character.

4.) Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

The last book was kinda heavy, so I thought I’d lighten the mood. Matilda was one of my favorite characters growing up, because aside from the magic and all that cool stuff, I felt like she was me as a character. Loves to read, kinda socially awkward and really precocious? Yup, super relatable to younger me.

5.) Princess Aurora from The Swan Princess

So I’m sneaking a movie in here guys but it’s totally for a good reason.

Do you remember back in the day of Disney Princesses when a man would always save them and they had absolutely no personality whatsoever, except they were drawn pretty?

When the prince just kept going on about how pretty she was, and Aurora dropped that, “What else” my nine year old self was SHOOK. Like…this movie was so self-aware.

So yeah, Princess Aurora is awesome. Fight me.

6.) Nehemia Ytger from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

Nehemia is the best friend everyone should have. She’s strong, freethinking, and incredibly brave. Not to mention, she’ll support you til the very end, while still calling you on on your bullshit. But she’s not just a sidekick. Nehemia’s leadership skills are on point too. However, she has no qualms about stepping to the side if she finds someone she believes in. Everyone deserves a Nehemia in their lives.

7.) Manon Blackbeak from the Throne of Glass series

I haven’t finished the series yet but I do know that I felt an instant connection with Manon. She was raised to be heartless and in fact got any love or affection beat out of her, but she still chose to protect the runt of the wyverns and I just ahjkfsaehnjsk so many feels for that scene! I really hope her character continues to grow in the series because I love her already.

8.) Sandor Clegane from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

So The Hound is a snarky, violent, rude asshole. BUT I love him anyway. He’s written so well that even though he doesn’t really get a lot of time in the first book, I knew that I was going to love his character arc. So far, I’m right. He’s got a tragic backstory and he let it shape him quite a bit, but he still tries to do what’s right regarding the Stark girls. (Unlike SOME infamous morally gray characters cough SNAPE cough)

9.) Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire series

Tyrion is so fucking clever. I couldn’t get over it in the show and I certainly can’t get over it in the books. He knows just what to say and how to say it to get what he wants, and honestly, with all he’s gone through? I think Tyrion deserves the world. And I’m sure he could manipulate enough people to get it.

10.) Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire series

At first I hated Sansa. But then I started to begrudgingly respect her. Then stuff happened and BAM I absolutely fell in love with her. Sansa was beaten but she never broke, and that is ALWAYS something I will respect in a character. However, she went further than that. Sansa kept her head down but she learned manipulation and how to be ruthless from the very best. Then, when the time was right, she surpassed her teachers and I LIVE for it.

So that’s all, folks!

Do you agree/disagree with my picks? Were there any characters from a book/series that you think I didn’t appreciate enough? Leave a comment if you’d like!

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