This week I kind of struggled for ten entries for this list, so I settled for five instead 😅
These days I honestly could not say what my favourite books are because it kind of changes all the time, and since I’m not much of a re-reader, I’m not likely to revisit certain books all the time unless I really do love them and know that my opinion isn’t going to change.
I like to keep a positive outlook in that even though there are books that I enjoyed but don’t consider amazing enough to be a favourite – or even in some cases I barely liked at all – there are always elements that I will love, such as the characters. So for this week, I’m listing five characters that I like from five books that I don’t consider to be my favourites. Because sometimes it’s like that.
Carlisle Cullen, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – I was around twelve or thirteen years old when I read Twilight and while I was originally Team Edward, it didn’t take me long to declare nope he’s gross and jump over to being a Carlisle fangirl. Why? Because Carlisle isn’t weird, manipulative, and creepy and most likely doesn’t break into his wife’s room to watch her sleep. Also, in the movie he’s gorgeous. Peter Facinelli is a beautiful man. Fact. (and thus began my attraction to older men that i should have seen coming when i was a child)
Cath, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Rainbow Rowell because her books have fallen under either “meh” or “good” for me and none of them have really blown me away, but Cath is definitely what made Fangirl enjoyable for me. She’s a pretty complex character that I could really relate to because a lot of her experiences were my own. I often prefer to stay home on my laptop rather than going out socialising and making new friends is very hard for me both in the real world and online because my shyness is horrendous. But, I did want to knock some sense into her because she makes writing original fiction sound like it’s impossible. Writing your own original work is hard, there’s no denying that, but depending on what you write, you don’t have to create an entirely new world if you don’t want to.
Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I read Vampire Academy very recently so it’s still fresh in my mind, and while I thought it was an okay book, I really do like Dimitri. I’m an easily pleased girl: I read an attractive man who isn’t awful personality wise (well, mostly) and I swoon. Plus, I finally get a love interest boy who has brown eyes, yay! They almost always have blue or green eyes and I really like brown eyes so they deserve more love. I do have one problem with Dimitri though: his relationship with Rose squicks me a little because she’s seventeen. Yeah.
Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Charlie is another character that I feel like I can relate to but I can’t really project myself onto him because my experiences aren’t the same as his. I understand what it’s like to be lonely and observe life from the sidelines, but unlike Charlie, I haven’t been kind of thrust into experiencing life in the way that he is. He’s not a character that I found easy to connect with because he’s a lot more emotional than I am, but he did grow on me eventually.
Gansey, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – There are probably some people out there who are shocked to learn that not only do I not consider The Raven Cycle to be one of my favourites, but my favourite character is actually Gansey, rather than Ronan. I don’t have anything against Ronan, but he was a tough character for me to warm up to. Gansey, on the other hand, is a character that I liked immediately. There’s a quality to him that makes him so genuine and he’s always been my favourite.