Have you ever cracked open a book and started grinning because you knew you were going to like a character? I know I definitely have. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a badass assassin? Or a clever thief? What about an intelligent pirate? Or a sharp-tongued prince? A gifted wizard? A witty sleuth?
When you read and resonate with a character, the story is inherently 10 times more enjoyable. So here are five characters – in no particular order – who made me think I’d want to be friends with them. Or even better, I’d want to be them.
(There are no spoilers here!)
1) Aelin Ashryver Galathynius – Throne of Glass
“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers.”
Those of you who know me, know it took me two tries to get into this series, and that on my second try, Heir of Fire is the book that hooked me. But on my first read, I read the first few pages of Throne of Glass and I still remember grinning at the way Celaena thought, along with her capabilities and potential. It fell short for me that first time round, but on my second try, when I hit book three, there was no going back for me. And book four? It had me pulling out my own imaginary daggers, ready to fight! Our girl Aelin had me wishing I could be as conniving as she was. Not to mention as badass!
2) Diana Bishop – All Souls Trilogy
“All you have to do is be a good listener. Nobody really wants to keep secrets, not even the dead. People leave clues everywhere, and if you pay attention, you can piece them together.”
This is a trilogy that only certain people will like – and I’m certainly one of them. The moment I read the first page, I knew I was going to like this series. Diana was everything wished I could be in my life. A witch and scholar of history, working with old, delicate manuscripts at Oxford University on the history of science? Yes please! A Discovery of Witches is the reason I renewed my interest in studying during my last two years of university and took medieval classes. Now if only the whole All Souls world were real!
3) Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
Inej very quickly became my favourite character in this duology. In a way, she is Celaena’s complete opposite; Inej is badass but in a quiet way. The Wraith makes no bold statement moves, but does things silently in the shadows, and as an informant, knows all the little secrets. She is quick, light on her feet, observant, and certainly kicks ass, but is sweet and humble to the core. I absolutely adore her as a character, and it definitely occurred to me that if I were to be someone’s assassin or blade in the night, I might want to be like her. Plus, she balances Kaz out very well!
4) Daenerys Targaryen – A Song of Ice and Fire
“I am the blood of the dragon.”
Okay, I can’t actually say that I would want to be Daenerys. With everything she has been through, it’s a miracle to me that she can even still dream about a throne and a homeland that she’s never known, and with so much conviction. I don’t think I’d be able to! But there is no denying it – Dany sticks up for herself. Even to a fault. I see her as ignorant in a lot of things, but if there is one thing I absolutely admire about her character, it’s that this girl knows how to not back down. She grows and learns and always keeps her chin up high.
5) Feyre Archeron – A Court of Thorns and Roses
“I was not prey any longer, I decided as I eased up to that door. And I was not a mouse.
I was a wolf.”
You know I’ve often told myself on difficult days: “Strong like Feyre.” I think mentally, Feyre has been to dark places, and her triumphs over that darkness is important. Not to mention she has a fun and dirty sense of humour, along with great taste in male companion, and embodies magic and family in a way that makes me smile. She lives in one of my favourite worlds and the way she faces her challenges? How could I not want to be her!
Which characters had you thinking you would love to be them?