Weekly Geeks: Character Comparison
For this week’s task, let’s take a close look at some of our favorite bookish characters. Specifically, think of a character that you really relate to, a character that you think you could jump right in the story and actually be….you can also tell us about a character that you wish you could be more like. Tell us what traits of this character you’d like to possess and why.
I’m tempted to delve into cliche and describe how deeply I identify with my literary favorites. Every female reader, it seems, is a modern-day Jane Eyre, Lizzy Bennet or Cathy Earnshaw. These characters are appealing because readers can easily imagine themselves living the characters’ lives; the romance of the era(s) and the brooding attractiveness of the male leads only intensify the fantasy.
Anything Jane Eyre and I have in common, we share with several million women who have loved Charlotte Bronte’s work. Depressing? A little — we all like to think that we are unique. But it’s also reassuring to know that I am not the only woman who sometimes feels plain and overlooked.
Maybe it’s more productive to look at literary characters as role models. Jane’s moments of weakness make her more endearing, but Elinor Dashwood is the literary heroine I wish I could channel. Elinor’s cool head and steady nerves keep her mother and sister somewhat grounded in reality, even when she’s dealing with her own emotional issues.
What about you? Which characters do you identify with or admire? Let us know in the comments!