TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads! In this weekly feature, Ginger poses a question to her followers and then asks everyone to link up at the end of the post, sharing their responses.
At first glance, this question seemed easy. I mean, the first name that popped into my head was one Hermione Granger, and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one to have that reaction. But before I give in to this gut instinct, I thought I'd analyze what makes a truly great character for me personally. (Admittedly, I'm only looking at trading lives with a female character, as that's what I know best.)
#1 Strong sense of self
#3 Sense of humor
#10 A good friend
Pretty much, it would have to be a character that I'd want to be friends with in real life. Now, of all my favorite book characters, do any fulfill all ten requirements, epitomizing what a truly great character means to me? Of course, Hermione is all of those things. But what about Gemma Doyle? Sure, she does. What about Katniss Everdeen? Totally, but she's been through a little too much for my liking and has years of sadness ahead of her, so maybe I wouldn't want to be her afterall. Hmm...so that leaves Hermione and...wait, Violet Ambrose is pretty awesome, too. Man, this is a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Okay, I'm calling it before I get in too deep. I'd want to be Gemma Doyle. Yes, because she's all of the things I listed, but mostly because she gets to wear awesome gowns and live in England at the turn of the century. Yes, for me, it all comes down to fancy dresses and beautiful scenery. Oh, and the magic, too.
But if there was a BONUS requirement that held more weight than the others, it would be this:
#11 Gets to make-out with hot boy (or boys, as the case may be)
And then I'd have to say I'd want to be Clary Fray/Morgenstern, because who among us didn't imagine ourselves in her place in the DSAS?