I was tagged by Sahitya @ My World of Books for this tag in early June but I’m just getting to it. I know it’s quite late but I’m very bad at keeping up with tags! It’s just that when I’m tagged I would’ve already had planned some other posts for the rest of the month (I sound more organized than I really am at this point) and I just can’t fit it in then, so I end up putting it off to a point where I just forget about it. I also have no idea who I would tag in turn, which makes me shy away from them. Now that I finally remembered and fit this tag in my blogging schedule, let’s talk about all the characters I’ve found relatable over the years.
- Thank the creators of the tag – Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books
- Thank whoever tagged you – Sahitya @ My World of Books
- List 5 book character who you relate to most and explain why
- Tag some of your friends!
These are in the order I read the books so we cover an age range of 10+ years. I hope you enjoy!
1. Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia
I was 9 years old when I was introduced to the world of Narnia via my English textbook in fourth grade. Since then, this story has held a special place in my heart. Ever since my first read of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I found Lucy to be a lot like me. She’s curious, kind, innocent but also strong and brave. She was the first character whose life I badly wanted to experience. Throughout The Chronicles of Narnia series she appears majorly in three books and they are my top three books in the series because of Lucy’s presence in them. Other female characters like Polly, Susan and Jill didn’t really appeal to me as much as Lucy did. This of course had a lot to do with the fact that I was a little girl around the same age as her when I read it.
2. Hermione from Harry Potter
This is probably a cliché answer but nonetheless true. I was around 12 when I started the series through the school library. I was a bit apprehensive at first because this was the most hyped series around that time and surprisingly, even now. I quickly fell in love with the characters though because the trio are written so well. As a girl, I naturally gravitated towards Hermione and also because she was an unashamed book lover. Although I don’t have the same capacity for non-fiction and textbooks like she does, I still loved hanging out at the library more than my peers. I also liked how she was the ‘brains’ of the group, which validated the fact that girls need not always be pretty and that it’s perfectly alright to be smart and independent.
3. Mikey from The Rest of Us Just Live Here
I read this book at a time when I was a few months into my working life and the travelling was so exhausting that I had no time at all to have a social life. It felt like suddenly I had no one to talk to and no energy to do anything besides work. I listened to the audiobook and something about Mikey’s character really spoke to me. I’ve always felt like an outsider in any friend group and the last to get to know anything. Although I don’t suffer from anxiety as a mental disorder, I am a very anxious and shy person and I could see exactly where Mikey was coming from throughout the story. It was really nice to connect with a character on such a personal level and this just goes to show that there no boundaries like gender, class or location when it comes to feeling like a character is a reflection of yourself.
4. Mei from American Panda
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I had fallen in love and had high expectations ever since I read the blurb. Although this is a debut novel, it was written very well and I understood Mei at a very deep level. She also has to deal with a lot of parental pressure and that’s something a lot of Asian teens can relate to, in my opinion. She has a tough time juggling her familial duties and what she wants for herself. I think this book portrayed this so well and all the emotions that come with it, especially the guilt and the constant doubt. I also really loved the ending which wasn’t perfect and tidily wrapped up but it gave me so much hope. It also showcased the parents’ side of the conflict and helped me get a better understanding of my own situation. Mei will forever remain as one of the characters who taught me a lot of very important lessons at a very crucial time.
5. Adhira from Faint Promise of Rain
I talked about this book in my previous post, so if you’ve read it, you already know what I’m going to say. Adhira is fuelled by her love for dance and it consumes her life. She is also innocent and lets her family, especially her father, make her decisions for her even though she’s afraid what the outcome might be. She goes through a lot in these books but she grows to be resolute and strong, forging her own path forward towards the end.
Which character among all the books you’ve read feels like a carbon copy of you? Do you tend to relate more to characters your age? Let me know in the comments section below.