July 28: Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds
Who doesn’t love books?! Today we’ll celebrate bookworms reading the books about the bookworms. If that isn’t an accurate representation of ‘Inception’ I don’t know what is!
1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
Undoubtedly the book nerd of my generation, Hermione perfectly captures the classic bullied-at-school bookworm. She, like many kids both fictional and real, is the subject of abuse because she’s unafraid to be the person she is – that needs commending, rather than criticizing. I definitely feel as though Hermione (and Jo) has helped thousands of geeky kids navigate similar issues throughout their childhoods.
2. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
Matilda is probably the first bookworm I came across in literature – I love kids books where the heroine is as much of a nerd as the reader! She’s also incredibly badass which is a huge bonus, and eventually finds the happiness she deserves.
3. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)
A teenage female assassin with a love of fashion and literature, Celaena is a Disney princess and action hero rolled into one. She is an immensely strong character, with high moral values (despite her career path) and she devours every novel she can get her hands on.
4. Anastasia Steele (Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
Ana is an English Literature major/graduate, who is particularly fond of British classics. The first gift Christian ever sends her is a first edition copy of Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, which to any bibliophile would be awesome.
5. Klaus Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket)
Klaus is the bookworm of his family, with an extraordinary capability to remember almost everything he’s ever read, which proves incredibly useful when attempting to evade the evil Count Olaf’s plans. He is the brains of the operation, whilst his older sister is the inventor and creator.
6. Cather Avery (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)
Cath is into fanfiction big time – something I don’t really get the attraction of. She loves the ‘Simon Snow’ books (which are basically a rip-off of the ‘Harry Potter’ novels) and dedicates much of her life to the fandom. Respect.
7. Tyrion Lannister (A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin)
As a son to a Lord, Tyrion is given a great deal of freedom, which he chooses to spend surrounded by books. As a result he is incredibly smart, cunning and witty, and is without question the intellectual in his family.
8. Alaska Young (Looking For Alaska by John Green)
Alaska, like me, is a self-confessed bibliophile, with books piled up on every available surface. “I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.” Amazing.
9. Charlie Scorsoni (The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
Charlie is a loveable character, with a passion for books. I adore the fact that the last book he read instantly becomes his favourite.
10. Henry DeTamble (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)
Henry is a librarian, working in special collections (what book nerd wouldn’t love to work in a library, talking and sorting books all day?!) It’s a job that suits him as the library is a maze, so if he suddenly time-travels somewhere, he won’t be missed in the short-term.
Who thought I’d get children’s books and “erotica” on the same list? Just goes to show that book nerds are found in every genre.
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