Me in Book Characters Tag

I was tagged by Sahitya @ My World of Books for this tag in early June but I’m just getting to it. I know it’s quite late but I’m very bad at keeping up with tags! It’s just that when I’m tagged I would’ve already had planned some other posts for the rest of the month (I sound more organized than I really am at this point) and I just can’t fit it in then, so I end up putting it off to a point where I just forget about it. I also have no idea who I would tag in turn, which makes me shy away from them. Now that I finally remembered and fit this tag in my blogging schedule, let’s talk about all the characters I’ve found relatable over the years.

Me in Book Characters Tag

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These are in the order I read the books so we cover an age range of 10+ years. I hope you enjoy!

1. Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia

I was 9 years old when I was introduced to the world of Narnia via my English textbook in fourth grade. Since then, this story has held a special place in my heart. Ever since my first read of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I found Lucy to be a lot like me. She’s curious, kind, innocent but also strong and brave. She was the first character whose life I badly wanted to experience. Throughout The Chronicles of Narnia series she appears majorly in three books and they are my top three books in the series because of Lucy’s presence in them. Other female characters like Polly, Susan and Jill didn’t really appeal to me as much as Lucy did. This of course had a lot to do with the fact that I was a little girl around the same age as her when I read it.

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2. Hermione from Harry Potter

This is probably a clichΓ© answer but nonetheless true. I was around 12 when I started the series through the school library. I was a bit apprehensive at first because this was the most hyped series around that time and surprisingly, even now. I quickly fell in love with the characters though because the trio are written so well. As a girl, I naturally gravitated towards Hermione and also because she was an unashamed book lover. Although I don’t have the same capacity for non-fiction and textbooks like she does, I still loved hanging out at the library more than my peers. I also liked how she was the ‘brains’ of the group, which validated the fact that girls need not always be pretty and that it’s perfectly alright to be smart and independent.

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3. Mikey from The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I read this book at a time when I was a few months into my working life and the travelling was so exhausting that I had no time at all to have a social life. It felt like suddenly I had no one to talk to and no energy to do anything besides work. I listened to the audiobook and something about Mikey’s character really spoke to me. I’ve always felt like an outsider in any friend group and the last to get to know anything. Although I don’t suffer from anxiety as a mental disorder, I am a very anxious and shy person and I could see exactly where Mikey was coming from throughout the story. It was really nice to connect with a character on such a personal level and this just goes to show that there no boundaries like gender, class or location when it comes to feeling like a character is a reflection of yourself.

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4. Mei from American Panda

This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I had fallen in love and had high expectations ever since I read the blurb. Although this is a debut novel, it was written very well and I understood Mei at a very deep level. She also has to deal with a lot of parental pressure and that’s something a lot of Asian teens can relate to, in my opinion. She has a tough time juggling her familial duties and what she wants for herself. I think this book portrayed this so well and all the emotions that come with it, especially the guilt and the constant doubt. I also really loved the ending which wasn’t perfect and tidily wrapped up but it gave me so much hope. It also showcased the parents’ side of the conflict and helped me get a better understanding of my own situation. Mei will forever remain as one of the characters who taught me a lot of very important lessons at a very crucial time.

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5. Adhira from Faint Promise of Rain

I talked about this book in my previous post, so if you’ve read it, you already know what I’m going to say. Adhira is fuelled by her love for dance and it consumes her life. She is also innocent and lets her family, especially her father, make her decisions for her even though she’s afraid what the outcome might be. She goes through a lot in these books but she grows to be resolute and strong, forging her own path forward towards the end.

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Which character among all the books you’ve read feels like a carbon copy of you? Do you tend to relate more to characters your age? Let me know in the comments section below.

17 thoughts on “Me in Book Characters Tag

  1. I love Lucy, as well! She has a sense of wonder that no one else in the series possesses. I’d like to say that I’m similar to her, but I think I love her so much precisely because I’m not.

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    1. I agree! I think her perspective is the most unique and relatable. I especially didn’t like Edmund for a long time because he was mean to Lucy in the beginning. πŸ˜… I really need to re-read this series! All the comments on this post is making me very nostalgic. πŸ™ˆ

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      1. I can’t stand Edmund at the beginning! When he betrays Lucy and says there’s nothing in the wardrobe, I get furious every time! But I do love his character arc and he is one of my favorite characters in the end. I think his own failings make him more understanding and merciful.

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      2. I don’t think I forgave Edmund until The Voyage of the Dawn Treader but I read it when I was very young, so I didn’t understand things like character arc then. πŸ˜… Thinking back on it though I think you’re right. He makes an extra effort to make up for his betrayal and shows a complete transformation, which was really good to see.
        I must really re-read this again because I’ve forgotten some finer points and I’m curious as to how I’ll find the series as an adult.

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    1. Precisely! She’s also the youngest, which a younger sibling like myself could relate to easily because no one takes her seriously. Her character has shaped my life in small and subtle ways, so I’m incredibly grateful for that. 😊

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  2. I really love this tag and it’s such a great way to get to know other bloggers πŸ˜€ I remember loving Lucy when I was little just as well, she is such a sweet main character and her curiosity and innocence made her so endearing, too. ❀
    Hermione is one of these characters I'll always love and look up to, especially given her love for studies and books and everything else, and the fact that, like you perfectly said, she was the brains of the little gang, smart and independant and overall such a good and strong image to show to girls and everyone! πŸ˜€
    I have read The Rest of Us Just Live Here and I remember relating to Mikey a little for the same reasons than you did, too – it's always so good to see ourselves in a character like that, I love it when that happens ❀
    Fantastic answers! πŸ˜€

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  3. Love this post, Nandini! I agree with you about Lucy. Her personality makes her the perfect POV character to draw young readers into The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. I also enjoyed reading your reasons for identifying with Hermoine and Adhira, since I’m familiar with them as well. πŸ™‚

    And you know what’s funny about this topic? As I was reading your post, I was trying to think of characters I could relate to or whom I thought were reflections of me in some way… and I couldn’t think of any! But I swear I’ve “met” some before. So if you don’t mind, I might have to “steal” this blog tag and do it myself in the future.

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    1. Of course not! Consider yourself tagged. 😊 I struggled to come up with a list initially too because no one character is like me. So I had to think back and try to remember how I felt while I read certain books. This is not at all an easy tag to do but it’s very interesting because while looking back, you get to know yourself better. πŸ™‚

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  4. This was so fun to read! I love your writing style β™₯️
    I also relate to Hermoine very much! And that’s very natural, right? We are booknerds and Hermoine is our Queen πŸ‘‘ Another character that is very relatable is from a book I recently read called ‘Saints and Misfits’, the MC Janna Yousuf was a reflection of my persona at various points in the book.

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  5. This was a fun tag to read. Your comments about Lucy are spot on! I’ve never thought much about the Narnia characters, but you’ve made me realize how much I do like Lucy. There are only a few characters I share a particular affinity with – Agniezska from Uprooted being one of them.

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