Top 10: Fictional Characters

Fictional Characters are something I often find hard to choose favourites or decipher who I like best, so today I decided to challenge myself and talk about my top 10 fictional characters. I wonder how much of a train wreck this is going to turn out to be?

And these are in no particular order, because although though I was able to choose who my top 10 are, I was unable to classify them.

10. Alexandria from Alexandria of Africa by Eric Walters

I chose Alexandria to be on this list because she is such a strong character, and she changed drastically in a very realistic way. Many changes undergone by characters in books is unrealistic and seems very fake, Alexandria though made me believe that she really changed, and she did so fluently. I loved the fact that Alexandria was really a Star-Trek nerd but tried to disguise it (makes me realize that all people are nerdy in their own right! You go Nerdfighters!), and that she was really good at math and languages but she tried to play stupid. Alexandria helped me engrave the idea of always being yourself into my mind, and because of her it solidified. So many influences in society today tell us that we have to be what the billboard says we have to, when we really don’t and things are much better off if you just act as who you are and who you are meant to be. Being someone else always ends in a catastrophe.

Quote:  ” ‘One thing can be many things.’ he said.
I couldn’t tell if that was really deep or if he was just quoting a bumper sticker or a fortune cookie.”  

9. Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska by John Green

Alaska Young depicts pain in a very real way, and for that I will forever be indebted to John Green. Going through an experience similar to that of Alaska’s when I was around the same age I was easily able to identify to identify with her. And John Green depicted her so perfectly it was almost unbelievable. People often depict people who lose their parents at a young age as disasters, when that really is not the case. Alaska was pretty composed for someone of her age losing her mother at such a young age. Her pain was not shown outwardly, she still had her wits about her, and she still had mood swings like the rest of us teenage girls. She didn’t just cry and weep all the time, that is not what losing someone is like. Anyway, I think Alaska Young is a great portrayal of your average teenager who went through a traumatic experience at a young age.

Quote: “When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

8. Thomas from The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Thomas is my favourite character in The Maze Runner series, and a good chunk of that love has to be dedicated to  the fact that he is played by Dylan O’Brien in the upcoming movie, but none the less. Thomas always has his wits about him and is able to think on his toes in situations where one may usually shut down from fear or exhaustion. He is always able to analyze a situation and think of the best possible way to go about it with minimizing casualties and protecting all those he cares for. Although he is stubborn in his own right he is still an amazing character. And Dylan O’Brien, well…. don’t even get me started.

Quote: “It’s kind of hard to ask a dead guy what he did wrong.”

7. Carl Streator from Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

Carl Streator was a perfectly average guy, and that is what makes him one of my favourite characters. He was perfectly average, in some areas maybe slightly less so. He was just a newspaper reporter who was thrown into a mess of a situation by trying to write a story about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, when it was really so much more than that. This book too, although horrifying and shocking, was so beautifully dark and beautifully written that I am tempted to run across my room, fly to the top my shelf and delve into the world of Carl Streator and Helen Hoover Boyle all over again. I really enjoy the fact that Carl was so innocent and average, some even may go as far as to say that his life was sustainably copacetic, and then he found the darkness inside of him, and a lust for things that were never there before.

Quote: ( It was hard to choose just one from this book, thought I should mention that!) “Maybe you don’t go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don’t do. The things you don’t finish.”

6. Dodge from Panic by Lauren Oliver 

Dodge is a character that I deeply admire because he joined Panic because he wanted revenge, and not just wanting revenge but he knew that what he was going to do to get it was wrong but it was also necessary for him to function. He knew that what he did to get revenge on the person who committed the discrepancy on his sister was wrong, but went through with it anyway and through it about it without rest for years prior. Dodge is a character that is a good person, but harsh situations have hardened his emotional outside and it pulls at the heartstrings to know that. Even in this one quote you can tell that he is suffering, “Revenge, Dodge thought, and because I have nothing else. But out loud he said, “Money. Why else?” Panic was not what I was expecting when I picked the book up, but it was so much more after that.

5. Jack from Room by Emma Donoghue

Jack is one of my all-time favourite characters because he is so innocent. His innocence floods out of his pores and his every action, thought and word. He lived through so much, but was still able to see the beauty in life and in his mother although he knew little of what was going on. He was able to help both him and his mother tremendously and in doing so changed many peoples view on the world. Going through something that Jack did would be emotionally crippling to even the hardest of people, but Jack, with innocent unknowing eyes and ears was still able to see the world for the beauty that is encased in it. He looks at his mother with such love and caring that you would think he was the parent. Jack is an inspiration to me, if he continued to live and see the splendour in life then so should I.

Quote: (although this is from Ma, I still love this quote) “Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

4. Lina Vilkas from Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

Lina is an amazing character because of her determination. Even though she was unaware of it at many times during her life, her will to live was still evident in her words and thoughts while reading. She often disagreed with her mother, but who doesn’t disagree with their parents every now and again. Lina lived through something many of us can hardly even imagine, and still came out of it with her head held high. She was able to learn from the situation she was put through and learned how think for others rather than for mainly herself. She learned how to deal with loss, and how to cope with the pain of it in a realistic way. Her fire that lit her soul never died and her sharpness never dulled. She is a character that I hope to portray in one way or another, and because of that she is someone I hope many people also want idolize.

Quote: “We’d been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean.”

3. Craig Gilner from It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Craig Gilner was depressed, and he showed it. Ned depicted him in such a believable way that I often felt myself feeling the strange pain that enveloped Craig. Craig is one of my favourite characters because he was able to realize what was wrong and make it a positive experience. When I read this book I was under extreme amounts of stress, and often had to go to the doctor because of the physical implications that the stress had on me. Craig was also in a situation similar to that, but he was also depressed. This book helped me understand how to control my stress and helped me to get better physically because of it, and I have Ned Vizzini for that. Craig is an inspiration, and mental health is a serious issue that Ned dealt with. This book dealt with a lot about of the amounts of stress that teenagers are under these days and that really helped me take control of my own. This was not just a book about depression and stress though, their is a love story and a coming of age story hidden and entwined thorough the lines. Unfortunately  Ned Vizzini committed suicide on December 19, 2013, and may this book be a lasting testament to mental health and the seriousness of it and all things involved with it. Ned was an amazing writer, and I do hope that his works withstand the tests of time and many other Young Adult can be changed with his powerful words and writing.

Quote: “People are screwed up in this world. I’d rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode.”

2. America Singer from The Selection Trilogy by Keira Cass

America makes this list because of her wit, and her fire. She is literally a firecracker in the books, saying what comes to her mind and what she is passionate about with little thought of the implications of her actions. She stood up to the King, the Prince, and basically the whole country on a  few occasions and still held her head high. She was able to decipher a situation and come up with the best possible way to make a statement without so much as a sideways glance of her head. I think that her fire is symbolized in her hair colour, a brilliant red. And her wit is something I covet, she was always facetious and strong-willed, something that I think is a good quality to have despite the numerous negative repercussions of it. America was in general just a strong girl, with her own strong set of morals and ideals that she often made clear and well heard.

Quote: “Love is beautiful fear”

1. Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Hermione was always one of my favourite characters, and she still remains so. She is the epitome of intelligent and well versed in being so. She was always able to lend a helping hand, and yet again she was strong willed and had strong morals and ideals. SPEW (Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare) is a great example of this. Hermione is a character that many girls idolize, myself included. She is one of those time-withstanding characters that was depicted flawlessly both in the books and on the big screen.

Quote: “That’s what Hermione does. When in doubt, go to the library.”

So, just to reiterate my previous point, those are not in any sort of order, just a collection of 10 characters that I loved to read about and think are pretty awesome.

Anyway, keep on designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

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