Thanks for visiting 5 after 5 co-hosted by Lisa over at Syncopated Mama and Samantha over at Motivated Days. This week we are talking about favorite literary characters. There are some books that you read and you just fall in love with the characters. You think, if that character were real then we would be best friends. That happens to me with just about every book I read. These are my top 5 literary characters that make the story so much better!
1.) Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew was the first literary character that I just fell in love with. She is a super cool teen detective who solves mysteries. I didn’t want to just be friends with Nancy Drew, I wanted to be Nancy Drew. I remember a time where I carried around a little notebook and a pencil just certain that I would stumble across a mystery to solve. Weird? Maybe. But a big part of my childhood!
2.) Elizabeth Bennet
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.
The character that kept me plugging away at Pride and Prejudice was Elizabeth Bennet. It was recommended to me from one of my friends who was a huge bookworm, and very well read *shout out to Lisa*. Being my first classic read, I was really intimidated by it and almost gave up. But Elizabeth Bennet and her sass just kept me wanting more! I love her tenacity and independence. Definitely friend material.
3.) Craig Gilner
At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn’t brilliant compared to the other kids; he’s just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping-until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig Gilner hails from the novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story. The novel centers on a teen, Craig, who is suffering from depression. With thoughts of suicide tumbling around his brain, he reaches out for help at a hospital which admits him to the psychiatric wing. This book came to me at a time where I really needed it. I identified with Craig and all the anxiety, depression, and pressure that he was feeling. Throw in some teenage awkwardness and insecurity and I was Craig Gilner. He is a character that I wanted to reach through the book and give a hug. Thank you Craig Gilner, for showing me the light at the end of the tunnel!
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Being a new mother, Ma really spoke to me. She exemplifies the difficulties of parenting. There are moments where she is patient, kind, creative. The kind of mother all of us aspire to be. And then there are moments where she loses her temper, is impatient, and just hopeless. Ma helped me realize that being a good mom doesn’t mean you’re perfect, it means that you do your best.
5.) Luna Lovegood
I couldn’t make this list without including a Harry Potter character! My favorite Harry Potter character goes back and forth between a couple, but these days it’s landed on Luna Lovegood. I adore Luna and her hopeful honest nature. She is always so imaginative and never afraid to be herself. Throughout the series, Luna remains a loyal friend and compassionate person. We could all use a friend like Luna Lovegood in our lives.
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