Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Characters Who Offer Life Lessons


I’m joining in on the top ten Tuesday meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish – this weeks top ten list of Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who ______.  Yep, it’s a wildcard week.  I’m going with characters who offer life lessons.  It might be a bit of a stretch with the challenge but I like it!

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling  – I’m noticing a trend of her almost always being on my list.  In this case quite a few of the characters got me thinking.  Draco Malfoy, the boy everyone loved to hate.  I hated him until we were introduced to his father at which point I completely understood.  It’s a very accurate portrayal of the cycle of dysfunction within a family.  Then there is Luna Lovegood, the weird, doesn’t fit in, whimsical girl.  She’s aware she doesn’t fit in.  Her knowledge goes so far as to know when the other girls are being mean, but she doesn’t take it to heart.  Let’s not forget Harry Potter, the boy who never claimed he was friend zoned.
  2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Todd taught me that even if you’ve been led to believe something your entire life, it’s entirely possible it’s not true.  Sometimes finding truth is more important than anything else. With the other characters, how far fear will make you go in the wrong direction.
  3.  Exile’s Return (Conclave of Shadows, #3) by Raymond E. Feist – Kaspar taught me how dangerous ego can be, how even the villain has a back story.  And maybe, just maybe, even the bad guy can ultimately change.
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Fort Prefect taught me that sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride, even when things get a bit crazy.  Also, always bring your towel.  And the answer to life is 42.
  5. The Host (The Host, #1) by Stephanie Meyer – Wanda really portrays how it’s always possible to see things you’ve been told from a new perspective if only you are willing.
  6. The Outsiders S.E. Hinton – With Ponyboy I’ve learned that sometimes there isn’t a good side to any battle.  Win or lose, everyone will walkaway hurt.
  7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – No one else has to understand your reasons for doing something as long as you know you are doing the right thing.
  8. Animal Farm by George Orwell – By not learning completely from the past, by not speaking up when something is wrong, we will only repeat the same mistakes over and over.
  9. The Giver by Lois Lowry – With Jonas I learned that sometimes even with the best of intentions people do the wrong things out of ignorance.  I learned that one person shouldn’t hold the weight of all the memories – it takes a community.
  10. Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex by Anne Frank – This isn’t really a character but I felt I needed to include it.  Even in spite of everything going on around her with the holocaust, she chose to believe in the goodness of people.

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