Another Tuesday, another Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish. This week, the prompt was to come up with ten characters who remind me of myself or someone I know. I decided to go with only characters who remind me of myself, because who wants to hear that they remind me of Neville Longbottom or Augustus Gloop. No one. That’s who.
Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me of Mysel
- Beverly Cleary in My Own Two Feet: A Memoir
On my 10th birthday, my grandma took me on an excursion to get lunch and to go to Barnes and Noble to get any book I wanted. This was basically a dream come true for a bookish kid like me. I had been a huge fan of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books for years, and as soon as I saw her glorious, hardcover memoir, I knew I had to have it. I’m so glad I found it. This is actually the second part of her two-part memoir, so it covers her life from when she goes off to college through the start of her career. I loved it. I loved imagining what my life would be like in college, who I would meet, what it would be like to live on my own…etc. And I think I’ve lived up to Beverly Cleary’s example, from going to college in Southern California to heading to library school. Now I just need to write a bunch of wildly successful kid’s books.
- Caroline Bender in The Best of Everything
I just read this novel last week, so Caroline is still fresh in my brain. It’s been a long time since I’ve read about a character who is so eerily similar to me, and, honestly, I didn’t always like what I saw. She’s smart, fairly self-possessed, and good at her job. I hope I’m those things. She’s also clueless about relationships and gets hurt because of it; unsure of what she wants from life; and maybe just set to wander a bit. Ugh. I feel like I can relate so much to those traits, and I hate it!
- Sarah in Little Children
Sarah is the mother I’m afraid I’ll become. She loves her kid, sure, but she is also bored. So bored. She never really bought into the whole mommy experience like the other neighborhood ladies, and now she’s paying for it. I feel like I’d turn into Sarah if I became a stay at home mom…except probably without a torrid affair with a Patrick Wilsonesque (in the movie at least!) character.
- Hermione in the Harry Potter series
Everyone wants to be Hermione, right? Well, I have curly, brown hair; I love the library and books; and I can be a bit smart-alecky, especially when my male friends are being dumb. I think that makes me at least a little like her.
- Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice
Another character everyone wants to be. She’s witty, smart, and speaks her mind. I hope I’m the first two, and I had more of the last trait. And I may have been told in my life that I have “fine eyes”. Just sayin. On the flip side, I have the same prejudice problem that she does, in that I can be a judgy mcjudgerson. I guess I need a Mr. Darcy to snap me out of it.
- Beezus in the Ramona books
I think most kids identify with Ramona, but I always felt that I had more in common with big sister Beezus. Like many older siblings, we both feel like we have to be the responsible, good older kids. While we would never admit it, we are a bit jealous of our younger sisters get to be crazy and march to their own drum. We also revel in being the older sister a bit though, because duh — older sisters are the best.
- Sarah Louise in Jacob Have I Loved
Another angsty young adult novel about bad sisterly relationships. Let me just say now, I love my little sis. She’s awesome, funny and sends me cat videos when I need them most. So yeah. But as a teenager, there are certainly moments in which you feel like you’re the one loved less, the unspecial one, and all you want to do is get out. I remember reading this book when I was about 13 and feeling so much like Sarah Louise, as she is trapped in a small town on an island with her perfect sister. It was ridiculous, as my life was fine, but you wouldn’t be able to tell 13 year old Mandy that.
- Tina Fey in Bossypants
A late blooming good girl who dorkily uses her brain and self-deprecating humor to earnestly try to get ahead. Yeah. Sounds familiar. I just hope I can end up 1/8 as successful as she is.
- Jessie in the Boxcar Children series
Oh, I loved these, and I’m not sure if I was actually like Jessie, but I certainly wanted to be like her. She had everyone under control and always knew what to do. I liked to think that I was in a boxcar living situation, I’d be the same. Not so sure about that now…
- Clarissa in Mrs. Dalloway
I don’t think I’m like Clarissa at all, actually, but the first line of Mrs. Dalloway resonated with me more than any other novel I read in college. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” Because why wait for someone else to do it? Independence is important to me, and so I’ve always tried to live by this line. I think I measure up.