Summer. A good time to read. And I LOVE characters. Sometimes, the best characters are the ones that suffer the most. As long as they have enough normal, human (or whatever race they may be) flaws to make them believable, I am happy.
So here's a fun place to discuss some of the characters I've come across - from books, movies, and other shows. I'm not putting these in any kind of order, and I list the name of the book from which the character comes under the character's name. If you are really afraid of spoilers, you might not want to read what I wrote about that character. Don't say I didn't warn you.
From The Hunger Games.
This guy loses even when he wins. Normally, I feel for the underdog, but characters who are almost completely helpless do not appeal to me. When he gets what he wants, he can never know if it is real or not.
The Cowardly Lion
From The Wizard of Oz
The Lion felt like he was supposed to be brave. But was there really a need for that in his everyday life? The mere nature of being a lion made sure he had no predators. What's wrong with being a mild-mannered lion? Peer pressure, apparently.
Anyone who had to be around Annie
I'm an optimist, and pessimists really bring me down. But there is a limit to how much perkiness even I can stand. Seriously girl, get a grip on reality. You are an orphan and bad guys are out to get you! It's okay to not sign about it.
from Mary Poppins
Obviously, Bert - a sweet gentleman - is in love with Mary Poppins and waits for her arrival at every unannounced time. There is nothing more he can do, but Mary always leaves him. Sure, this book/movie isn't about their romance. It isn't even technically there. But beyond his Mary issues, Bert is a talented, handy guy with impeccable manners, and yet he appears to be homeless.
from Star Wars
Another guy who got the short end of the stick. There was only one way to save his true love from death - by destroying everything good in the universe. Not a great plan. And really, it's not best to take the word of the most evil being in the universe. Might there have been a chance he was lying?
from The Fellowship of the Rings trilogy
He went through quite a lot, didn't he? Just to solve a problem that wasn't really his to begin with. Did he ever wish he had never picked that ring up off the floor of his house?
from Les Miserables
Even when she had the upper hand, so to speak, as a child, she still had crummy parents and lived in the gutter. The man she loved didn't even notice her until she got shot.
from The Book Thief
Poor Rudy. (If I had a nickel for every time I said that while reading the book...) He had such a promising life ahead of him. And all he wanted was one little kiss.
from Little House in the Big Woods
In actuality, I mean to say that I have no envy for any pioneer mother. Even though kids took on a big part of the chores at an early age, Ma was still expected to completely care for the home and family, help Pa with some of his chores, give birth in her own bed, keep her hair up and petticoats down. All this without running water or a microwave to heat heat up the coffee.
from Malachi of the Angelmen
Well, you all have no idea about this one, because the only one who has read it is me! So just a little background here - Malachi is desperate for the acceptance of his father, until he accepts the fact that he will never get that. The life of this 22- year-old could have been promising, had he not committed to supporting his dad by dropping out of school and taking a store clerk job. His human life, anyway. His calling as the commander of the angelmen army is a different story.
This is a fun topic! I'd love to hear some of your favorite or least favorite characters. Comment below.
Because I love even numbers and lists!