In Part I of this post, I regaled you with my starry-eyed feelings about some very amazing people whom I love and look up to. And yes, they are from books.
These are people whom I admire and who inspire me to be as awesome as they are.
Today, as is customary with Part II of a post, I will be continuing the list.
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series)
Luna doesn’t look at things in the same way that most people do. She believes in whimsical creatures that others scoff at, she dresses in outlandish clothes, and she says awkward things.
Most people at school avoid or ridicule her, and for the most part she doesn’t have any friends. But Luna doesn’t let this cause bitterness or dampen her wonder and curiosity for the world around her. She always tries to have a positive outlook on her circumstances.
Of course she is lonely, but instead of becoming nasty about the cruelty of others she becomes a kind and tenderhearted friend to anyone who will take the chance to get to know her. Though she seems odd, Luna turns out to be one of the truest friends anyone could have asked for.
Also she gets role model points for being one of the only teenagers in the books who doesn’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend. Can we please have more characters like this?
1. “Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”
2. “There are other ways of flying than with broomsticks.”
3. “I enjoyed the meetings too. It was like having friends.”
4. “Oh, no, I’d love to go with you as friends!”
Justin (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH)
Justin is a genetically modified rat and also one of the bravest beings on the planet.
I haven’t read this book in so long, but I’m pretty sure that in days gone by I wanted to marry Justin? Which is weird, because he’s a rat, but it seemed like a grand idea at the time.
When Mrs. Frisby (a mouse) needs help rescuing her family from a tractor, Justin and the rest of the rats of NIMH (except for some select jerks) do everything they can to help her.
Bother, now I’m torn because I don’t want to give away the ending, but Justin’s heroism must be told! Just read the book. Justin gave me more emotions than any rat reasonably should, and that’s including other awesome rats like Roscuro and Remy.
1. “Do you read much?”
2. “Nicodemus, I think I’ve found the way to get out.”
3. “I wonder who he was, and where he was going.”
Kate Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby)
Kate may not be the title character of this glorious Dickens novel, but she has a story of her own and she is every bit as fiery as Nicholas is.
After her father’s death, Kate is left in London with her kind (but extremely ridiculous) mother when her brother Nicholas takes a job as a schoolteacher and leaves town. Kate and her mother are supposed to be under the care of dear Uncle Ralph, but Ralph turns out to be a prime specimen of Evil Uncle, and Kate has to free herself from his clutches and take care of herself and her mother on her own.
Kate is kind and sweet, but she won’t stand for the abusive situation that her uncle places her in. She appears to be a marshmallow but she is as strong as a lion and could probably spit fire if the need arose. Also she is very tenderhearted towards Smike, who is my child, so that makes me love her even more.
1. “I should be sorry to think ill of him until I knew he deserved it.”
2. “A dependence on him would embitter my whole life. I should feel begging a far less degradation.”
3. “But I have been roused today beyond all endurance, and, come what may, I will not, as your brother’s child, bear these insults longer.”
Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter series)
Neville is an awkward, clumsy, forgetful bean of a child with confidence issues and he’s also the bravest man I ever knew (braver than Severus Snape, thank you very much, Harry).
Ha, ha, well…that’s another post…
Neville was raised by his scary-intense grandmother and he has felt mountains of expectations crushing his soul for as long as he can remember. He wants to be as amazing as all his relatives seem to think he should be, but he doesn’t think he can do it, and he is a constant disappointment. He is always failing at everything. He’s too stupid. He’s too clumsy. He’s too ordinary. His potions teacher terrifies him.
Neville is the unfortunate victim of loads of bullying (both from students and teachers) and he doesn’t have any close friends.(It takes Harry ages to notice how awesome Neville is, okay?)
But Neville has a golden heart and a mountain of bravery bursting beneath his seemingly pathetic exterior. He’s just been squashed so much he doesn’t realise it’s there.
Neville is kind and thoughtful and he’ll be there when you need him. Like Luna, he’s a lonely person who would be the best friend you ever had if you just gave him the chance. Also like Luna, he doesn’t pair off with someone during the course of the series, so huzzah for that as well.
1. “Go on then, try and hit me! I’m ready!”
2. “Oh yes, I’m fine. Very interesting dinner- I mean lesson- what’s for eating?”
3. “Then we should come too. We want to help.”
4. “We’re all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?”
Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings)
It’s hard for me to think about Sam without screaming, so just bear with me, okay?
Sam is a gardener. (I despise dirt, but I still admire him for this.) He loves delicate, growing things. He looks out for flowers and potatoes and abused ponies. He nurtures and encourages and protects. It’s woven into his nature.
When Frodo and the other hobbits are thrust into a wider world that seems much to big for them, they all perform admirably and prove themselves to be made of sterner stuff than one might guess. But of all the hobbits, (whom I love to death) Sam takes the cake.
Sam is the fiercest friend that Frodo could ever have asked for. While Frodo is struggling under the enormous weight of the Ring, Sam is right their to support him. He is something steady for Frodo to lean on. Sam holds everything together in his tender, gardener hands.
We need more Sams in this world.
1. “Eavesdropping, sir? I don’t follow you, begging your pardon. There ain’t no eaves at Bag End, and that’s a fact.”
2. “Well, Mr. Frodo, if you do have another go, I hope you’ll say a word about his fireworks.”
3. Whoa, Sam Gamgee! Your legs are too short, so use your head!”
4. “But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t.”
5. “And I’ll carry Mr. Frodo up myself, if it breaks my back and heart. So stop arguing!” (He’s talking to himself here. It’s priceless.)
Good gravy, all writing this post has done is make me think of all the glorious people I have left off the list! There are so many noteworthy characters, I couldn’t possibly list them all. And we can’t forget the real heroes, the ones who breathed life into all these characters: C.S. Lewis, Robert C. O’Brien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Rebecca Stead, Charles Dickens, Michael Ende, Anthony Doerr, J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth Marie Pope, and countless other authors who have invited us into these amazing people’s lives with their words. I can’t thank them enough.
Who are some of your favorite fictional heroes? Do you love any of the characters I mentioned? Who are your favorite authors? What do you think makes an outstanding friend? Let me know everything in the comments!