Monday, January 19, 2015

Top 10 Characters I Identify With

Every Tuesday the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish host a book related Top 10.

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This week is a Freebie so I chose the top 10 characters I identify with.  After writing the post I decided that it’s largely about 2 factors – the author’s ability to develop characters and were I was at in my life when I read it.

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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

On the surface I don’t have that much in common with Elise. I definitely did not suffer from the level of bullying and isolation in HS that she did, but I was definitely an outsider.  I really identified with how freeing it is to find your “tribe”.  Mine tribe isn’t the same as Elise’s, but the feelings are the same.

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Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts by Claire Lazebnik

Lazebnik is one of two authors that gets multiple mentions on this list for me.  Keats is very smart, personable – everyone loves her.  Both her siblings are geniuses, in a family the values intellect above all.  I don’t have the family issues that Keats does, but I think everyone can identify with not fitting in somewhere they should.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Identifying with this novel was inevitable.  It takes place on the same college campus I went to and I actually have quite a bit in common with Cath.  Love of the written word for sure. I’m uncomfortable in new situations so I understand Cath’s anxiety even though it’s much more severe than I’ve ever dealt with.  I’ve never gotten into fanfiction, but I felt similarities to my interaction with the book blogging world.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

It’s almost embarrassing to admit how much I identified with Eva given that she is a totally unlikeable character.  Eva didn’t really want children and I totally do, but I could totally connect with her feels of lost identity once she got pregnant.  It does seem like our society is so baby centric that once a woman becomes pregnant she ceases to be a person and just a walking womb.

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If You Lived Here, You’d be Home Now by Claire LaZebnik

I really love Rickie even when she drives me crazy.  And I totally understood her relationship with her mother.  There were times when I’d know she wasn’t being fair, but I understood.  When I’m frustrated I totally take it out on my mom, because I know she’ll forgive me.  And my mom’s probably reading this so I’ll just say I’m sorry right now.

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Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I’m always the friend (like Rachel) who stays sober enough to make sure her friends don’t do anything TOO crazy.  It’s who I am, but sometimes you feel like it results in fading into the background.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I mainly identify with Katniss’s relationship with her younger sibling.  My brother is 7 years younger than me and I have always been protective. 

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Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer

Due to a very intellectual family that tended to mock sentiment, Elisabeth struggled with emotional intimacy.  She was also having a bit of a quarter life crisis: her brother has just published a literary masterpiece and she hasn’t made any progress on her 5 years plan in 5 years.  Her life didn’t directly mirror mine, but when I read it I just really connected with her struggles.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Lincoln is the only man on this list, but OMG there’s so much about Lincoln I identify with.  He’s addiction to degrees and ability to make friends with people outside his peer group are just two of the biggest.

1 comment:

  1. I really like this category! It makes me think about how I've started to enjoy older protagonists than I used to... mostly in that I really am enjoying reading more about marriage and motherhood, probably because that's where I'm at right now. The first character that popped into my mind that I identify with is Jill from Allison Winn Scotch's Time of My Life.... she was not a particularly likeable character either, but I could really identify with her wishing for a do-over and then realizing the grass is always greener.