I present to you Matilda The Musical Book Tag
Not only am I picking a character who broke the rules for the greater good, but I’m choosing someone who normally never would AND found is absolutely thrilling: Hermione from Harry Potter.
Following on from the Harry otter theme, I’m picking Neville Longbottom for the character who could use a confidence boost. He’s painfully inadequate until he discovers a talent for Herbology and he blossoms into the young man that helps defeat Lord Voldemort (I won’t spoil exactly what he does just in case there is a rare non-Potter reader who plans on reading and has managed to avoid spoilers thus far). There’s a reason he’s put in Gryffindor, you know. He just could have used some of that confidence in the earlier books.
Peyton from The Secret Diamond Sisters. It’s been a while since I’v read the book, but I’m pretty sure we weren’t supposed to like Peyton because I’m pretty sure she said something almost exactly like, “Books were boring and were for geeks, like her sister.”
I’m picking Sydney Sage from Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines spin-off series. Sydney feels inadequate because she is a normal-sized, normal-looking human surrounded by waif-like vampires and strongly-built half-vampires. Because of this, she develops an eating disorder that is handled very delicately and respectfully by Mead throughout the series.
I’m going to pick the entire Animorphs team from Animorphs by KA Applegate for this. The five teenagers were facing impossible odds: an alien race in the millions come to secretly enslave them, their supposed ‘allies’ going to take two years to show up and when they did, wanted to quarantine the planet. The kids were only thirteen when they started! How are five shape-changing kids supposed to save the world? And yet, they did.
I’m picking the notorious Bella from Twilight who, upon moving in with her dad, immediately takes over all the domestic duties, most importantly cooking. Turns out Bella’s mother wasn’t a very good mother, either, and Bella often felt like the mom in their relationship. That’s why she’s such a mini-adult. Not at all because she’s based on the middle-aged author. Nope, not at all.
Who else would I pick except the most famous YA literary rebel leader of all, the wonderful Miss Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, whose motivation was never to free her people from the oppressive tyranny and horrible nightmare of the the Hunger Games but simply to protect her sister. She’s not a natural leader or a natural star but once she decides to do what the rebellion ask of her, she becomes the most important symbol, the Mockingjay.
I binge-read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy way back when I was a teenager. I don’t think there has been many series that have been completed that I’m interested in before I pick up at least the first book, so I often do have to wait between releases. But I came to His Dark Materials late and the trilogy was completed before I read the first one.
This Little Girl
The more that you try, the more you’ll just look like a fool.- a character who feels inadequate
You’ll never again be subject to abuse for your immense caboose!- a character who overcomes impossible odds