I Heart Characters! #3: Wicked Witch Flying

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).

Bulking the topics in a single post works best for me, so this post will include the first two topics for June.

Last week’s topic:

Wicked witch

A witch, or one who simply acts like one… a fantasy villain or a contemporary bully… if she’s b*tchy then she’s part of the group!

the white witch

When I saw this topic, I immediately thought of a character in the novel I’m currently reading — Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb — but I’m unable to say who exactly that person is or her significance in the story or how she pertains to this topic because it would all be spoilers. But she’s a perfect choice for this topic. Luckily, thinking of her made my thoughts jump to another character who’s surprisingly similar to her — the White Witch from C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

It’s been a while since I’ve reread the Narnia books, so much of it has faded from memory, but I can never forget the White Witch (or the random lamppost in such a fantastical land). She’s such a horrible person. I would say more, but memories of the story has really dimmed. I need to give the series a reread because it was one of my favorites as a kid. All I remember now of the White Witch are: sled, winter, cold, Turkish Delights, she’s from somewhere else that’s not Narnia. …this last bit could also be applied to the character in Fool’s Fate, except the Turkish Delight.

This week’s topic:

A character who flies

A creature or a human with wings… even someone who is peppy and upbeat in the extreme… if they take to the sky in any way, they count!

Jason Grace

A character who flies? Jason Grace immediately popped in my mind. He’s a protagonist from Rick Riordan’s YA fantasy series Heroes of Olympus, where teen demigods pair up with Greek gods to take down Gaea, mother earth, and her minions. As a son of Zeus, Jason has the ability to fly, which is pretty cool. To me, he wasn’t a compelling character. I was much more drawn to the other characters around him, especially Leo, who’s my favorite.

Let me know which characters would you choose for these topics.

18 thoughts on “I Heart Characters! #3: Wicked Witch Flying

  1. Zezee, I actually didn’t even consider the white witch… but she is so perfect! The turkish delights get me everytime… I think that is what made her truly evil 😀 But now I’m totally curious about Fool’s Fate! I reserved Assassin’s Apprentice and hopefully I’ll get it soon… I need to get knee deep in that series. I’ve never read the Heroes of Olympus series but people are always mentioning Rick’s books and I feel like there is a character for every topic in those books that make me want to seek them out someday. ❤️

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    1. You did?! 😮 😀 So glad that you’re going to try Robin Hobb’s book. Can’t wait to see what you think of it: whether you like it or not.
      Oh yes! Riordan’s books are fun reads and have so many characters that I’m sure I could include one for ever category of your meme. 🙂

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  2. Ooooh, the white witch is a good choice! Both of them actually 😀 Although I hated the Hobb one more.

    I would probably pick a Discworld witch, like Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Ogg. I really like this meme, hopefully I have time to join you soon

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    1. ME TOO!! OMG! For a minute there I thought she would regain power influence again and go after Fitz & the Fool. I do wish she was a bit more complex though.

      I should of thought of Granny Weatherwax. Totally slipped my mind.

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    1. She is! I’d love to give those books a reread too. I remember reading the Magician’s Nephew for the first time as an adult and feeling duped because this whole time I though The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first book.

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      1. I have to say that I ALWAYS recommend starting the series with Lion, Witch, Wardrobe, and NOT with The Magician’s Nephew (even though, technically, it is first). My reasoning is that LWW has a better introduction of Aslan. All the characters keep talking about this mysterious lion, and then in the final part of the book, we get to meet him and he does this amazing thing for Edmund, etc. etc.

        I recently saw a play adaptation of Magician’s Nephew (reason why I decided to reread the book!) When Aslan comes out onto the stage, it’s a powerful moment. But then, I KNEW who he was. I knew what he would one day do for Edmund. I knew how much he loved Lucy, et al. I think it’s a more powerful moment because of knowing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

        So, yeah, I don’t like to read this series in chronological order.

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      1. IMO – the 1st book is a true SF and – arguably – literary classic. Everything that follows in the series ranges from average to good. I’d recommend Dune to anyone as a must read. Cheers, Brian

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      1. First – I find the whole Bene Gesserit order fascinating as an organization. Specifically, I’ve always liked Lady Jessica as a character because of the way she grows and matures in parallel with Paul over the course of the book – side by side – taking separate paths – they grow together into the two most powerful characters in the narrative – the book is almost as much Jessica’s story as it is Paul’s. Cheers, Brian

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