My Favourite Book Characters
One of the things that I love most about reading is meeting all of the amazing characters whose stories make you feel ALL of the emotions! We all have our favourites and I wanted to share with you some of mine. Although this list is a bit long, this is by no means all of the characters that I’ve ever loved and I’m sure that after this is posted I will no doubt remember a character that I really wanted to include. Anyways, here are some of my favourite book characters!
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
Let's get the obvious ones out of the way, of course, this trio is on this list! I obviously have many other favourite characters in Harry Potter (cough cough Professor McGonagall cough cough), but I basically had grown up with these three. I love their friendship and how they support each other on all their adventure gives me all the feels. I especially love Hermione in particular, because she loved books, was really smart and I essentially wanted to be her. To be honest, if I could, I would still be Hermione Granger. It’s hard for me to put in exact words why I love these three because I love them so much. Obviously, that's why they’re on this list.
Magnus Bane (The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare)
The Magnificent Magnus Bane! If I could only choose one character from all of Cassandra Clare’s books, I would have to say that Magnus is my all-time favourite. He is nothing short of fabulous! Just a casual 800-year-old High Warlock Of Brooklyn amongst all these Shadowhunters. Magnus is sassy, glittery and a great source for a quick one-liner to diffuse a tense situation (which many of Cassandra Clare's characters are great for). That said, what I love most about Magnus is the fact that despite being alive for hundreds of years and with the history he has, he hasn't hardened himself to love and caring for others. You really get a sense of this throughout the series as he develops strong bonds with a whole cast of characters in all of Cassandra Clare's books (because yes, he's in all of them) and also the romance that he has with one character in particular (you know who I'm talking about ;)). Magnus is one of those characters who sparkles every time he graces the page and I'm not sure my reading life would be the same without Magnus Bane.
Simon (Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)
Simon is a very new addition to this list, as I read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda in March (check out my March Wrap Up for my thoughts). I think what I love most about Simon is that even though he is not out yet, he knows who he is and has a voice that is super fun to read from. As they say in the movie trailer, everyone deserves a great love story and Simon’s was absolutely adorable and gave me all the feels. I can't get enough of this oreo-loving hopeless romantic! I haven't read Leah on the Off-Beat yet, but I'm crossing my fingers for more Simon.
Inej (Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Six of Crows has the most amazing cast of characters that are really diverse. Not just in ethnicity, but in personalities. This book is written in multiple perspectives, but each perspective is so unique that it doesn't get confusing or distracting. Inej is everything that you want from a strong female character. She isn't strong just for the sake of being strong. She has a past that is full of struggle and horrible things that were done to her, but she had risen above it and become the most badass spy with a dangerous skill set.
Jesper (Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Out of the six perspectives within the Six of Crows duology, Jesper was my favourite perspective to read from, mostly because his sassiness adds a refreshing voice amongst the other, more serious, perspectives. I always anticipated the next Jesper chapter, because his voice was so fun to read from! Jesper has a gambling problem and debts that he needs to settle, which drives him throughout the story. And because of the unreliable narrator style of the entire duology, it makes you wonder the whole time whether or not he will take a turn for the better or worse. He also has a romance that has you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Tessa Grey, Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)
These three, oh my god, these three! They pull on your heart-strings like no other trio of people does. I cannot go too into detail about why I'm listing all three of them rather than only one or two (spoilers), but not only are these characters great on their own but the way they interact with each other and the struggles they go through make the story compelling.
Cath (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)
I relate SO much to Cath! Being a socially awkward fangirl in their first year of university? Yeah, that was me. I loved reading about how excited she is about writing and fandom, and I found how much she preferred fictional characters to real characters very relatable. Cath's love for the Simon Snow series reminded me of my love for fandoms like Harry Potter or Star Trek. That being said, there were a few times in the story where I was screaming at Cath because she is a bit stubborn and unmovable at times, but Fangirl is one of my favourite books and Cath is a big part of that.
Darrow (Red Rising by Pierce Brown)
Darrow is one of those characters where you love them, but they're not necessarily a good person. Darrow was born in Lykos, a mining town on the planet Mars. He's a Red, the lowest caste of the Society, he lived and under gruelling conditions like the rest of his caste. Red Rising follow Darrow as he tries to infiltrate the upper classes to take them down from the inside. He's an unreliable narrator and he doesn't give the reader more information than they absolutely need in order to provide maximum shock factor! You find yourself rooting for him even though many of the decisions that he makes are not the best decisions and are often cruel or violent. Darrow is a character that has always had to claw his way throughout the entire series to try and achieve what he believes is best for his people and the galaxy.
Adelina Amouteru (The Young Elites by Marie Lu)
Adelina is another great example of a protagonist that is not necessarily likable. This book was marketed as a story where the protagonist was the villain of the story, and with Marie Lu's master character creating skills, it made for an engaging story! Unlike Darrow, who makes decisions with a greater good in mind, many of Adelina's decisions are made from personal ambition. No doubt she would be a Slytherin! The fact that every decision that Adelina made was the opposite of the decision that you would expect a protagonist to typically make made the story all that the more interesting, which is why she is on this list.
Starr (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas)
The Hate U Give was one of my ALL TIME favourite reads of last year. Starr Carter finds herself stuck between two different worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy prep school where she attends. The careful balance that she has created is thrown off when she witnesses her childhood friend being shot by a cop. The reason why I love Starr so much is that she's brave, resilient, and a true inspiration for young people to find their voice. She's not completely fearless, and that's okay - it's realistic! Starr is the kind of person that young people should look to because she doesn't set unrealistic expectations for what it means to be brave and to stand up for what is right.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)
When I first heard about The Lunar Chronicles, my response was "Sci-fi Fairytale retellings? Sign me up!" After that many of the characters in this serious became very close to my heart, particularly Cinder. For starters, she's part cyborg and that's pretty awesome. But she's strong, feisty and has this amazing ability to think on her feet. Based on how she was treated growing up with her stepmother, you would think that she would be completely closed off, which she is to an extent. However, despite this, she creates these great relationships with Iko and other characters throughout the series.
Lara Jean (To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han)
To All The Boys I've Loved Before is one of the best cutesy contemporary series and Lara Jean is just as adorable. I definitely related to her in how she fell for all her previous crushes because I was that girl growing up who when they had a crush, they crushed hard. Lara Jean and her sisters also have this close sisterly relationship, which is often gets pushed to the side in some YA contemporaries but is very at the forefront of To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Lara Jean also loves baking and I loved reading about her baking and crafting the perfect cookie recipe!
Christina (The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare)
With such a large cast of characters, it's difficult to pick just one from The Dark Artifices, but I would have to say that Christina is my favourite. Christina does not take crap from anyone! Not Emma, not perfect Diego or any of her other potential friendships and love interests in this series. There are many moments in Lord of Shadows where I feel Christina handles herself with a lot of grace and self-respect, which I can't go into because spoilers, but she's definitely someone that I'm rooting for in Queen of Air and Darkness (I swear Cassie if you kill her off I will NOT be okay).
I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of my favourite characters! If you would like to share some of your favourites, please leave them in the comments, as I would love to know what some of them are.
Until next time, have a great rest of your day and read something awesome!