I recently discovered this delightful tag (which was originally created by Cait @ PaperFury) through the esteemed Sarah Seele @ Sixty-Something Trees and I decided that I MUST steal it posthaste and participate because screaming about characters is what I am here for. (Also you should all go and read Sarah’s post and meet Murderbot and Doug because it’s a joy.)
Basically these awards go out to the bookish characters that I met in 2020. Because I need every excuse to talk about my children. (Speaking of which, fair warning, a disproportional number of the answers are going to be from The Promised Neverland because there are so many award-worthy characters in that…and it’s what I read most recently…) Let’s get to it, shall we?
Most Relatable Character
I kind of hate to say it, but the Anonymous narrator from Notes From Underground. Because of the way he obsessively overthinks EVERYTHING. His acute narcissism and painful insecurity destroys his social life and often reduces him to a useless lump on the sofa.
Yeah. He is NOT the sort of person that anyone would want to relate to, but he’s the sort of person that everyone probably DOES relate to- at least to a certain extent. Maybe?
But let’s move on.
Most Pure Animal Companion
Fyrian from The Girl Who Drank the Moon, absolutely! He is the sweetest dragon ever. he thinks he is a simply ENORMOUS dragon but he’s…not. By any stretch of the imagination.
Emma from The Promised Neverland. She would do anything to protect her family and she keeps fighting even after everyone else has given up the situation as impossible. This is why we all love her.
Am Surprised That I Loved You??
The Geezer from The Promised Neverland.
My feelings for this man went on a major roller coaster, I must say.
I don’t know if this counts because I met him in 2020 but technically I didn’t start loving him until 2021… It was such a surprising development, since I had made up my mind to despise him forever.
Yeah…clearly that didn’t work out. I definitely love him now.
Well, I know for a fact that if Mr. F’s Aunt was the one giving out these awards this one would most definitely go to Arthur Clennam (from Little Dorrit), but I don’t agree with her.
In fact, I think I might as well give this award to Mr. F’s Aunt herself. Why not?
She’s a severely grouchy old lady who eats toast but not the crusts and has a lot of things to say, very forcefully, that may or may not have anything whatsoever to do with the conversation at hand. She has a particular dislike of Arthur Clennam, and he is somewhat terrified of her.
But, Mr. F’s Aunt proved so lively as to take the suggestion in unexpected dudgeon and declare that she would not go; adding, with several injurious expressions, that if “He”–too evidently meaning Clennam–wanted to get rid of her, “let him chuck her out of winder;” and urgently expressing her desire to see “Him” perform that ceremony.–Little Dorrit, p. 312
I am often a bit perplexed when I try to figure out which characters count as antiheroes, but I think I’m going to say Corialanus Snow from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. He is a much younger version of himself than we see in the trilogy, but he’s well on the path to becoming the president we all know and hate. That being said, for most of the book you can understand where he is coming from and why he makes the choices that he makes. I love it when I can understand someone’s decisions without in any way condoning them.
The Best Friends of All
I didn’t actually meet them this year, but the Mysterious Benedict Society (from book 4, The Riddle of Ages) are the purest friend group ever and I love them to death.
But if I’m awarding people I met in 2020 it’s going to have to be my kids Emma, Norman and Ray from The Promised Neverland. They are the best friends of all… and they might care about each other more than themselves to the point of it becoming a problem.
Best Villain TO HATE
Assef from The Kite Runner (by the way, I wouldn’t really recommend this book due to the existence of this creep). Ugh, I hate him SO MUCH I can’t even stand it. He makes me sick. THROW HIM OFF A CLIFF. And that’s all we’re going to say about that.
Award for Best vs Worst YA Parents
Parents? In YA? You must be joking.
Also how much YA did I even read in 2020, that’s the question…
Best: Probably Alistair’s parents in The Riverman. They actually pay some attention to their two children and talk to them and are not dead.
Worst: Oh. Oh. Morgause from The Winter Prince. (Which I would not recommend. Mostly because Morgause exists. Some characters are that disturbing.) She is nasty. I hate her.
Ship of All Ships in 2020
Um…I didn’t go crazy about any couples in 2020. But I am not usually into the romance in things anyway, so finding a couple that I don’t totally disapprove of is an accomplishment. Honestly I tend to try to avoid romance whenever possible.
That being said, Ned Henry and Verity Kindle from To Say Nothing of the Dog were a cute couple, I will admit.
Most Precious Must Be Protected
But… there are too many. I met A LOT of precious people in need of protection last year apparently. Tommy from Never Let Me Go… Phil and ALL OF MY CHILDREN from The Promised Neverland… Hassan and Sohrab from The Kite Runner… (cue inconsolable grief).
Don’t make me choose.
Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive
Sohrab from The Kite Runner. Please stay that way, son. I mean it.
…And my other sons who will remain unnamed- but they’re alive despite their best efforts. Idiots (I say in a very caring way).
Award for Making the Worst Decisions
Oh man, that’s a tough one… So many bad decisions were made. SO MANY.
Wait, I have it-
Henry from The Master of Ballantrae. So aggravating.
A close second would be Amelia from Vanity Fair. I wanted to tear my hair out for the majority of the book and Amelia was often to blame.
Most in Need of a Nap
NED HENRY from To Say Nothing of the Dog. Good grief. This man was so relatable it was sad. He is severely sleep-deprived for a good chunk of the book and for the rest of it he’s only a little bit less sleep-deprived. He needs a nap RIGHT NOW.
But also Ray and Norman and Alistair and just everyone, really. Everyone needs naps.
Want to Read More About You
Honestly you know I’m just going to give this award to Phil (TPN) even though the more I read about him the more emotionally unstable I become.
I also want to give it to Mr. Pancks from Little Dorrit. I don’t know why I was so endeared to Mr. Pancks, but I definitely was.
It’s tough picking just one character for each award. Which is why I didn’t really do that. I am very resourceful that way.
What characters did you meet in 2020? Did you meet any new children that you want to adopt? Are there any characters that you want to protect at all costs? Were there any villains that were so awful they ruined the book? Who is most in need of a nap? Who makes the worst decisions? I would love to see your answers to any of the questions in the comments!