Vane at Books with Chemistry created a wonderful self-characterization discussion through YA book characters. When I read her own list, I thought it was brilliant and beautiful to use books and wonderful characters to describe how we see ourselves. It is difficult to show some of your qualities and parts of your personality to the rest of the world, or the community, when there is so much other noise happening, and when we can lose parts of who we are through the sterilization of online communication. Today, I am sharing a bit of myself on the blog and describing myself with 5 YA book characters.
Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik
She doesn’t follow the norms. She doesn’t fit in well. She can’t even seem to get a wizard name due to her “weirdness”. I always feel like an outsider when it comes to fitting in, watching from the outskirts of accepted and understood. Over time, I have come to appreciate my oddness and understand that it has given me an edge in sizing up others. I’m comfortable in a small group or with people I trust, and I love that Agnieszka states that we don’t owe anyone beauty. I don’t owe it to anyone to be anyone or anything but myself. She is pride in who you are, and strength in trying something new, going against “tradition” and finding the rooted good in everyone.
Bilbo from The Hobbit from J.R.R. Tolkien
I like to go out and I get stir crazy from time to time, but I really don’t mind staying inside with my books and my cats, safe in my little hole in the ground. Sure, going on adventures is fun, but in my heart, I just like to be at home. If my friends need something, then I am there, but I always feel like a Hobbit out of her hole. I enjoy the earth and the simple joys of my living abode. A quite life makes me happy. And if I am seen as odd, or peculiar, or if friends need to drop by for food or dragon advice, then my door is open, because they know that I am pretty much always here.
Meg Corbyn from The Others series by Anne Bishop
This book is popping up in my discussions constantly on the blag as of late. I can certainly attribute it to my fellowship with Meg. I take pride in my work, doing the best job I can, and just like Meg in the first novel in the series, I strive to make certain that the job is done, no matter what (no packages in the snow, and that everyone, even little girls on frozen lakes, feel included). I often place too much of my worth on my career, which is dangerous. I like to be the top of the class and the employee of the month. When I perform less than what I know I can do, I beat myself up and lash out at myself.
Wade Watts from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
When the girls in high school was loving Clueless, I was over at my best friend’s house watching Star Trek movies every weekend. My first crush was Wesley from Star Trek: The Next Generation when I was in the 5th grade. My sister and I argued who was going to marry Robin when we watched the animated Batman cartoon. I envied the boys playing Magic instead of the girls with the Guess jeans. I rushed home from school and cancelled plans to watch Power Rangers. I wanted to be a Sailor Scout when I was little. I swooned over Trunks in Dragon Ball. Toonami was some of the best memories from the turn of the century. I snuck anime and make up in my room when I was in middle school.
I am a nerd. I was destined to be a nerd. I love nerd things. I certainly do not shun pop culture followers today like I did when I was younger, but I certainly never got the appeal of those who loved Sex in the City like I love Futurama or those who sigh romantically over Never Been Kissed like I do over Labyrinth. I am so happy that geek culture is in style, because I always wanted to wear Batman shirts like people wore Old Navy clothing when I was in school.
Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyers
When people first meet me, I’m aloof and often described as bitchy and snobby. When I decide when I like someone, I’m there for them. When I don’t like someone, I detest them and go out of my way to avoid them. I seem to have a very small gray area for people. For the people I love, I will bring you food and tend to your needs. Like Scarlet, I love growing things, and I love animals, like her farm. She also has a grandmother she loves, and I adore my grandfathers more than anything. I am loyal to a fault for the people who I deem worthy, I’ll go out of my way for them, but it takes a while to get through the wall I have built around myself.
I’m so bad at tagging, but I would love to see some of you do this! EVEN MY OWN COBLOGGERS!