5 Fictional Characters You Most Identify With
Before I give my answers, I would like to quietly point out that identity is why representation matters in books. We're going to have all kinds of answers to this; it's clear that the media we consume matters to us and how we think of ourselves. The more diversity we have, the better, because seeing yourself reflected in media is important! Okay, anyway.
1. Harriet Welsch (Harriet the Spy)
I mention this book a lot when it comes to favorite characters and so on, but it was one of my favorites as a kid and it holds up to rereading. And while I never had a spy route like Harriet, I was something of a cynical outsider. I spent more time watching everyone else, or making up my own stories, than actually doing things.
2. Britta Perry (Community)
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Abed is the fandom's darling, and maybe rightfully so, but if I'm going to be honest with myself (and everyone else) I am (season 1) Britta, at my best as well as my worst. As Abed puts it, "You'd rather keep it real than be likable." That's why her ongoing Flanderization into a total ditzy airhead really bothers me, although it looks like Season 6 Britta may be coming back to form?
I wouldn't be a good bartender, though.
3. Annie Edison (Community)
|Also courtesy Eric Stevens|
Okay, so I'm also a neurotic, overachieving nerd. What of it?
4. Mick Kelly (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter)
Reading this made me extremely grateful that I grew up when I did (not in the 50s and 60s) and how I did (without the stresses of poverty). I could see myself in Mick, or rather: another, unluckier version of myself.
I find it odd that all the summaries of this book make it about John Singer. Funny, I thought this was a novel about Mick...
5. Leah and Adah Price (The Poisonwood Bible)
I'm cheating with this last one, I guess. But I could relate to both of them so well, I really couldn't pick one.
How about you?