Monday, 24 May 2010

Weekly Geeks: A Character Comparison and you….




For this week's task, let's take a close look at some of our favorite bookish characters. Specifically, think of a character that you really relate to, a character that you think you could jump right in the story and actually be, a character that you think the author might know you because it comes so close to who you are! List for us the traits of that character that you feel closely resembles yourself. If you feel like there's several characters that fit the bill, list them all! Why not!

On the flip side, you can also share with us a favorite character that is the complete opposite of you. Maybe it's a character that you would never get along with, or one that would drive you crazy if you met them. Maybe it's someone who has completely different values, opinions or personality than you. Again, make a list of these traits that you feel are totally incompatible to yourself.

Finally, you can also tell us about a character that you wish you could be more like. Tell us what traits of this character you'd like to possess and why.

Have fun with this idea! Don't stress. Do all three, or just one. Don't try to think of every character you've ever read about and find the one the fits the assignment the best... just go with whatever comes to mind quickly and run with it. Hopefully you'll find this a fun little exercise.

My Thoughts

Weekly Geeks is one of the weekend events that I take part in every Saturday – However this weekend was so stunningly brilliant I gave the whole blogging thing a miss and went out and enjoyed the sunshine. Knowing  what the British weather is like by Tuesday we might be having hail..

Anyhow this weeks WG question is all about the characters we identify with in the books we read or even the character that is so opposite of who you are – that they may drive you up the wall or have you gritting your teeth to get through the book or we you just might love them despite the differences..

I am going with the first option think of a character that you really relate to

My character of choice is SCOUT from To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee. This book is one of my all time favourite book and not only because I thought it is a wonderful body of work but because I read it at a time in my life when I felt like I was that child.

Why I choose Scout is for her care free nature, she was a little girl, who had no patience, could be stubborn and more than willing to fight it out at the drop of a hat, she was essentially a tomboy and a daddy’s girl.

Growing up, I was the son my dad wish he never had. I climbed, I fought, I was the child coming home from school with my book in my back pocket and my bag dragging behind me. I refused to grow my hair and I hated my toothbrush..

While my dad and I did the whole book care thing and we both had a genuine love of reading – I was a kid and I made every effort to make sure my parents knew I was a kid. But like Scout, once I learn quite a few lessons the hard way, they were lessons I never forgot.

Yup I was a monster, but I was daddy’s girl.. and I never let the neighbourhood boys forget it.

I really could relate to Scout, the fact that the book was set in small town America, where injustice was rife and differences was just next door – only made this book more of a treat for me, it’s various plot line and quite eclectic mix of characters was like icing on the cake for me and it is one of the books on my keeper shelf.  

Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel—a, a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.

So tell me

  1. Think of a book character that you really relate to,
  2. A favorite character that is the complete opposite of you
  3. Tell us about a character that you wish you could be more like

12 Speak To Me:

Anonymous said...

When I was reading the top of the post I thought - I would totally go with Scout from TKAMB - and imagine my suprise when I saw it was yours too! Awesome I am going to post mine up today - maybe I will go for all 3.

Suey on 24 May 2010 at 23:29 said...

Ah Scout! What a fun choice!

Chris on 24 May 2010 at 23:57 said...

Oh, great choice, EH!

Gah. My mind always goes blank when asked a question like this and I can't think of any characters at all!

Anonymous said...

It shouldn't surprise anyone that I think I could be Jane Eyre. :) As a child she was teased and tormented by her cousins and never seemed to fit in. After she grew up, she became a teacher. I can so relate. Plus, Rochester is sexy!

Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2010 at 01:11 said...

@L O D

I would totally go with Scout from TKAMB

I had to go with her - she was a great kid, with a lot of spunk.

other than a really great descrption of Atticus, I thought Scout was the best of that book.


Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2010 at 01:13 said...


Thanks - Most of my favourite characters are those I read as a kid..


Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2010 at 01:18 said...


I know exactly what you mean.. It's the same now for me and this blog crawl letter.. I am havinbg such a hard time deciding on one person..

Ahhhhh Murphy's Law kicks in here..


Chris on 25 May 2010 at 01:19 said...

I know exactly what you mean about the Blog Crawl letter!

Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2010 at 01:31 said...


I knew Jane Eyre would be your choice - While I liked Jane, I didn't like Rochester at all..

I was jaded to his charms after reading Wide Sargosso Sea.. That book really make me look at him without the rose tinted glasses..


Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2010 at 01:32 said...


You too....

I am hoping it's a sign of our love for a lot of really good authors...


Bernadette on 25 May 2010 at 13:56 said...

At the moment (after a very long day and walking home 5 kilometres in pouring rain) about the only character I resemble is one of the dead bodies in one of the murder mysteries I read :)

But I loved your answer. Scout is a terrific character in a great book.

Blodeuedd on 25 May 2010 at 16:02 said...

Hm, I am sure I could think about this for hours. No answers now though