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:
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!
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.