In December and January, everyone we follow was doing this tag. Everyone. I (Caidyn) swear, it was almost every email we got that people we follow was doing this. So, I decided that we were going to do it since it actually looks fun. Really!
- Thank the creators of the tag – Ash & Lo @ Windowsill Books!
- Thank whoever tagged you.
- List 5 book characters who you relate to most and explain why.
- Tag some friends.
We didn’t get tagged. We decided to tag ourselves in this one. So, Chantel can thank me and I can thank Chantel. Good.
And onto our book characters!
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.
1. Harry Potter from… well.
I’ve always really connected with Harry, tbh. People always say that main characters in books aren’t ones they can connect with because they’re too good or whatever. I understood him. I connected with him. His deep empathy despite everything connected with me. The struggles he went through connected with me. I mean, even his emotions connected with me.
He was such a deep character that just got better as he grew up. Yet, I always loved — and, again, connected with how selfless he was. I try to be an extremely selfless person and he was always like me.
2. Basil Hallward from The Picture of Dorian Gray
I think this is a harder one to explain, honestly. Basil Hallward is the man who painted the portrait that Dorian Gray sells his soul over. He’s the guy with the awesome bowtie in the picture. What I loved about him in the book was how odd he was and, also, how complex he was. He was so complex because of his infatuation with Dorian and the way he grows apart from him and his emotions about taking responsibility (opposite of Lord Wotton) for what happened.
And, also, he’s a great example of Victorian homophobia with how editors made Wilde cut out Hallward’s admission at the end of the story that he loves Dorian. And is in love with him.
3. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Yes. Mr. Darcy. I know, I know. He’s a huge dick and doesn’t understand people and can come off as super aloof, but I really understood him since he likes people not knowing him. He’s extremely awkward in every way and, well, I can be that way in person. I might come off as very confident online, but, deep down, I’m awkward in person and can come off as a bit of a dick sometimes.
AND YES I LIKE THE 2005 MOVIE BETTER THAN COLIN FIRTH. FIGHT ME.
Yet, like me, he also feels so damn deeply.
4. Shadow from American Gods
I’ve written a few times about American Gods, but it’s one of my favorite books and Shadow is one of my favorite characters. He’s so enigmatic that it’s hard to pin down why I like him — I mean, his personality is so non-existent for most of the book, up until the end and then it’s all explained so nicely. I love him for his loyalty. I’m a loyal person. I’m loyal and would do anything for the people I care for. Have a fight, give money, donate whatever body part I don’t need. And Shadow is extremely loyal and keeps his promises, no matter how ridiculous it might seem to everyone else.
5. Ben Hanscomb from IT
While, apparently, I’m an Aries like Eddie Kaspbrak, I always felt more attached to Ben. Maybe because, much like him, I’ve struggled with body image. While his was because of being overweight and that making him an easy target, for me it’s because I’m trans and it’s been an uphill battle getting used to my body. He also struggles with his courage and being accepted because he’s different, something I’ve also had to face myself.
He’s also super awkward around people he finds cute.
1. Dobby from Harry Potter
Every Friday after I get off work, I’m usually texting Caidyn telling him how happy I am that it’s the end of the week and it goes something like this.
It’s kind of become an inside joke between us. However, it’s recently occurred to me that I am indeed Dobby.
Now, out of all the characters from Harry Potter, I would’ve loved to pick Hermione. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut…
She is a goddess and I can’t even.
I also considered Neville, buuuuuuuuut…
HE GOT SO FUCKING HOT, I CAN’T EVEN.
So, we circle back to Dobby whom I feel fits me better. For example, I’m short and have pointy ears (this will come up later). I would consider myself very loyal to my friends and I too long for freedom aka my weekends.
And, I wear socks all the time. Seriously, except when I shower, I’m always wearing socks because my feet get cold.
I am also fiercely protective of my friends and fight for them. Like this:
And since Caidyn is Harry, I think this is fitting.
2. Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings
Is it a crime that I’ve never read the LOTR books? I really don’t care. I’ve seen the movies. Here’s the thing. Just like I see myself as a house elf, I also see myself as a Hobbit. I always have, always will. I’m short, have pointy ears, and love to eat. I may or may not have hairy feet. I want to move to New Zealand and live in Hobbiton in a hole the ground. That is #lyfegoals. So, why did I pick Samwise? Well…
Some gifs just sum me up perfectly. Like this one.
Now, that I think about it, I’m probably a combo of Sam and Pippin.
3. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I know this tag specifies book characters, but here’s the thing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a comic series that continues on after the show ends, SO FIGHT ME.
I watched Buffy when I was a teenager and I loved it. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time. I’m currently rewatching it and I’m loving every minute. Except for the spiders in the opening credits of seasons one and two. The fuck, man?
ANYWAY, I always identified with Willow Rosenberg. Willow is Buffy’s best friend and an adorable, dorky, nerd who is loyal. I’m sensing a theme here. She’s also a badass witch, which I’m not but let’s throw that in there anyway.
Here are three gifs which demonstrate how dorky and adorable Willow is. Alyson Hannigan is an American treasure. We don’t deserve her.
There are a few other reasons why I so closely identify with Willow Rosenberg.
For one, she has an adorable kitten.
I think this is too much cuteness for me to handle.
Psh, “kinda gay” come on Willow, lesbi-honest.
Okay, okay, before anyone jumps down my throat, I do not consider this a spoiler because sexuality isn’t a spoiler. I do not agree that revealing a character’s sexuality is a spoiler. Yes, Willow comes out as gay in the later seasons, HOWEVER, knowing there was an openly gay main character on this show is the reason I watched it in the first place. And guess what? Willow Rosenberg is far more than just her sexuality. She is a fiercely loyal, badass witch, and she also happens to come out as gay later in the series.
She was the first openly gay character I can remember seeing on a network tv show, and I absolutely love her for it.
So, if anyone had any technicalities with choosing Willow as a character. Well, let’s just say you won’t be happy with my last character.
Sorry, not sorry.
4. Dustin from Stranger Things
Stranger Things is not a book and Dustin is not a book character, but I watch far more TV and movies than reading books. All those years when everyone was reading, I was watching TV. Hence why I have two TV characters on here.
Yet again, we have another character who is loyal, nerdy, adorable, and maybe a bit awkward.
Here, have some gifs.
And he also has great priorities.
If there were ever a character that represented me, it’s a pre-teen boy. Goofy, dorky, adorable, and awkward.
I hope you guys got a sense of who I am through these four characters. I think I kind of beat the message over the head, but you tell me.