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July 28: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.) (inspired by my Top Ten Characters Who Love Words)
This is when you stop and look at your bookish and think “Ugh why do I read so many action & adventure books or books set when literacy wasn’t widespread.” It’s an issue, but I managed to find 10 characters who are fellow book nerds. What I’m a bit proud of, is the fact I managed to find more females than males. Although, I suppose the female “brain” is a bit of a trope to play against the male “brawn”.
In no particular order, unless you count in an order that allows me to evenly spread out the GIFs.
1.) Hermione Granger – The Harry Potter Series
I’m going to be a bit disappointed if she’s not on 90% of the lists. She’s the idol to all the 90’s little girls who grew up with their nose in a book. I have to say, as much as Harry Potter had an impact on my interest in reading and writing, Hermione had a hand in that too. Hermione was nerdy and read and was awesome, and if you wanted to be as awesome as Hermione you had to read a lot too. While Hermione is what I call a “Knowledge Book Worm” she still appreciates the power of the written word, and so a book nerd she shall be.
2.) Scout Finch – To Kill A Mocking Bird
“I could not remember when the lines above Atticus’s moving finger separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory….-anything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his lap every night. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
As someone who used to butt heads with teachers for not doing things as they would teach them, but as I found easier to do I sympathized with this subplot of Scout’s.
3.) Klaus Baudelaire – A Series of Unfortunate Events
One of the thousands of things I loved about ASOUE is the fact it was the girl who was the engineer and inventor, and it was her brother who was the bookworm and grammar nut. While both children were intelligent in their own right, Klaus held a special place in my heart because while his sister focused her knowledge on her interest in inventing, Klaus had a broad knowledge of a lot of subjects. If ASOUE was set in present day Klaus would be one of us who gets lost on Wikipedia. Odds and ends of trivia was his addiction, and I could relate. (Didn’t hurt I had a crush on this kid when the movie came out.)
4.) Elphaba – Wicked
She was literally ready to die over a book, you guys. Before she had a broom, books were Elphaba’s weapon. She didn’t just read for pleasure, or to gain knowledge, she used them to guard herself. For those who have only seen the musical, the book goes way deeper into the politics of Oz and Elphaba throws herself into the thick of it. Plus, before the whole being condemned as a witch and stealing a lion and fleeing for her life, Elpahaba was a really good student. She put what she read into action.
5.) Catherine Morland – Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey and Catherine Morland don’t get enough love from the popular mass of Jane Austen fans. The entire book is a satire of the Gothic Novels that were popular at the time. At one point, Jane Austen speaks directly to the reader through the narration in defense of the writers and the genre. It’s beautiful, I highly recommend it. But with every Jane Austen Novel there must be a Jane Austen Heroine. Catherine Morland is Jane Austen’s youngest, she’s 17, and an avid reader of the popular gothic novels. So much so, when she visits Northanger Abbey her mind instantly races to the darken corners, the squeaky floor boards, and just what happened to General Tilney’s Wife? It must have been murder!
6.) Aziraphale – Good Omens
Aziraphale is livin` the dream before it all goes up in smoke. He’s an angel who owns a rare books shop, and using his angel powers convinces everyone not to buy any of his books. Thus, he gets to keep them all for himself and reads them whenever he likes. What a life. Until it all goes to hell, that is.
7.) Tyrion Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire
Ah, Tyrion Lannister, my sassy jilted booknerd. He used what he was dealt in life. Knowing he would never been a great knight or fighter, he read. Tyrion is a walking encyclopedia of Westerosi history and houses. He read enough to design his own saddle as a teen. He thought a rare book would be the perfect wedding present for the king (side note: totally was Tyrion, he didn’t deserve your awesome book). He doesn’t get to read as much in the later books (running for his life and all that) but Tyrion can always appreciate a good book and it’s one of his better qualities.
8.) Addison Early – Wit’s End
This book is a newer read and it wasn’t a mind blowing, epiphany style read but I’ve decided I’d like to be Addison Early when I’m older. She’s a recluse murder mystery writer who lives in a beach house and spends all day in her writing room. She gets drunk and complains about the Republicans ruining the country. Her fans and the press are hounding her for her next book and she just goes on with her life (her rather humble life considering she’s the writer of a widely successful book series). Then she plays board games with the woman she hired to cook for her and falls asleep in front of the t.v. #Lifegoals
9.) Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings series
I feel like Bilbo is every booknerd’s best dream and worst nightmare all at once. He finally got the chance to go out and live one of the adventures like he had read about and it scares the shit out of him and he almost dies like 5 times. Eventually he comes back and writes it all down, putting his story telling skills to good use. While many of the Hobbits’ tales are oral story telling, Bilbo’s the writer that started it all (well by it all the book that you’re reading…) and passed on his work for Frodo to finish.
(“Alyssa, you used two gifs in a row!” I knooow I didn’t plan well! As if I was going to not use this gif tho)
10.) Elizabeth Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
Elizabeth isn’t exactly what I would call a booknerd but she respects the written word above the company of others, so I think that makes her an honorary one. The most noted case of this is when Elizabeth would rather read than play cards, she’s scrutinized by Caroline Bingley for it (Who uses reading as a way to flirt with Mr. Darcy, and thus gets credited with the most out of context Austen quote “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”), while Elizaeth herself admits she is no great reader. However, from this one scene we can assume Elizabeth would rather read than poorly play the piano or sit with idle needlework.