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February 24, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: An Insufferable Know-It-All

Kate Hart
Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's question: If you could be any book character, who would you be?


This post has been ridiculously hard to write. My inability to find a single female character with whom I would willingly trade places suggests that perhaps I need to read books with better female characters. 

I asked my husband for help, but he just got a goofy grin on his face and said he would be Aragorn... or maybe Gandolf. Of course.

After a minute, he decided he would be Winnie the Pooh instead-- because, and I quote, "He's happy, no worries, and he lives in the Hundred Acre Woods. He's a landowner. What more do you need?"

So helpful.

Which means my completely predictable and unoriginal answer is: Hermione Granger, an "insufferable know-it-all" who relies heavily on the library for decision making and hates to be wrong-- but isn't afraid to be a bad ass when necessary. (I hesitate to call myself a bad ass, but I heavily resemble the rest of that remark.)

Hermione is such a real girl. She isn't perfect: She's extremely stubborn and can be annoying to the people around her. She has insecurities about her looks and a deep-seated fear of failure-- but Rowling portrays them in a way that everyone can identify with, rather than dismissing them as weak or silly.

Hermione is brilliant, of course, but it's because she actually tries. She studies hard and if something is difficult, she puts in extra effort (even if it requires time travel). Finally, a female character who's the best not because it was her cosmic fate, but because she worked hard to get there!

Hermione never plays dumb, thank god, and she's loyal to friends and family without fail. She stands up for the little guy, whether it's Neville or the house elves...and sometimes has to defend the big guys, like Viktor Krum and Grawp. Every time Harry goes into battle, she has his back, even when Ron abandons him. Most importantly, she doesn't let her feelings for Ron keep her from doing the right thing-- and doesn't seal the deal with him until he's proven worthy.

In short: Hermione kicks ass. Thus ends my treatise on why I would like to be Hermione Granger, the smartest witch of her age.

(She's also played by Emma Watson, who is a pretty darn good role model herself.)

Annnnnd.... because I'm easily amused...


  1. Good point about Emma Watson being a good role model. At least there's ONE young actress I'm not hearing scandals about. (Watch, she'll do something horrible tomorrow).

    Hermione is awesome.

  2. OMG, I totally had the same problem when I saw the question. It's not book-related, but I always thought I wanted to be Buffy, except, well--I don't know that I'd like being chased by vampires all that much. (although, kind of balanced out by Spike,and Angel, and, oops, sorry.)

    It is tough, but I also wonder---a lot of YA books really kick the snot of out their MCs. Frankly, I'd just rather not deal with any of that, you know? *is lazy*

  3. Ah, I am right with you on that one! I picked Hermione as well, for many of the same reasons you did. I tried really REALLY hard to think of someone else, but in the end Hermione it is. Now I just need to write my post. :)

  4. Ooo good one! I didn't even think of her. Yes, Hermione would be THE best pick. Ah, shucks. You did it so well that now I don't know if I want to write up a RTW response. *grumbles* :)

  5. LOL @ "He's a landowner." Ah, to be Pooh. Love, love love your choice. Hermione kicks ass... and so do you. :D

  6. Who've stated exactly why I would want to be Hermione! I adore everything about her! <3

  7. Thanks for the comment, Kate!

    Winnie the Pooh wouldn't be a bad character to be, but I think I'd prefer Tigger. A Tig is a tig is a tigger, a tig is a wonderful thing! Their tops are made out of rubber, their bottoms are made out of spring!

    :D I think there are a lot of wonderful female characters out there, but I don't want to be most of them because of all the bad stuff they go through. I agree with everything you've said about Hermione. I love her.

  8. Hermione has always been one of my biggest heroes: she's smart, loyal, and incredibly hardworking. I used to want to be her when I grow up. Still do, actually. :) She (and Snape) are my two favorite characters in HP. Definitely kicks ass.

  9. Aww I love Hermy! *coughs* One of the many reasons why I think Harry Potter is a great series, is because of how credible the characters are. She's a great role model for girls.

    PS I love your avatars about Twilight that made me laugh ;d

  10. I beg you pardon?! Ahem!!!

    'Nuff said?

    Smartest witch of her age,!

    *grumble, grumble*

  11. BTW, guess who just received an offer from Llwellyn to write an article for them....hmmmm?

    (NOT Hermoine!)

    *mutters to self*

  12. Perfect choice! Your description of Hermione's character is dead-on. And it's no wonder J.K. Rowling crafted such a wonderfully complex and real character -- she based Hermmione on herself!

    Good question, great answer!

  13. Thanks everyone!

    Donna, it's a quote from the book. Sirius says it.

  14. Hermione all the way!

    Although I still think it would have been even better if she'd gone for, say, Draco instead ;-)


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