November 7: Top Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders
For this prompt I picked ten child or young adult characters who I believe would have a positive impact on society (if it were possible for fictional characters to have physical effects) thanks to their individual experiences.
1. Izzy O’Neill (The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven)
Given that Izzy’s entire story revolves around the consequences of sexting and revenge porn, she would be wonderful in a position of positive authority on the subject.
2. Frankie Landau-Banks (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart)
Frankie attacks the patriarchal boarding school system by infiltrating and posing as the secret leader of her father’s old, and still active, boys club. She’d be in office for sure.
3. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Hermione ends up as Minister for Magic, now whether you view it as canon or not, she would certainly have been a powerful individual in the wizarding world and a positive force on Muggle rights.
4. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
One of the cleverest kids in literature, I could see Matilda as being an incredible teacher, although she’d have to work on adhering to some rules.
5. Clarke Griffin (The 100 by Kass Morgan)
As an incredibly strong and resilient individual, Clarke doesn’t let her gender stop her from being the most helpful and resourceful person that she can be. She’s also an amazing doctor.
6. Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Peeta is potentially the fairest, most honest and kindest individual in young adult literature; he’d be a definite candidate for the democrat leadership.
7. Scout Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
The fact that Scout is only a little kid doesn’t stop her from seeing right from wrong. With a well respected lawyer as her father, and decency on her side, she would go far.
8. Lyra Belacqua (Northern Lights by Philip Pullman)
A strong and independent young woman, Lyra is afraid of no evil. She’s concerned only with protecting the innocent, and would make a great person of importance regarding human and animal rights.
9. Mateo Torrez & Rufus Emeterio (They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera)
I’m cheating slightly here including both main characters, but they both complement each other so well that they’d make a great team. I could see them in government championing LGBT rights, as well as pounding the pavements helping youths in need.
10. George (George by Alex Gino)
As a transgender child who is unafraid of facing her demons, George (now Melissa) would be incredibly influential and helpful on transgender rights.
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