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?"
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...