The Smashing And Dashing Character Awards 2020~In Which I Want To Adopt Some Kids And Throw Some Creeps Off Cliffs

Greetings, friends!

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.

Fiercest Fighter

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.

Best Sassmaster

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

Best Antihero

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


[more panic]

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!

11 thoughts on “The Smashing And Dashing Character Awards 2020~In Which I Want To Adopt Some Kids And Throw Some Creeps Off Cliffs

  1. Those questions are complicated- I actually don’t think some of the characters I met in 2020 can even follow those characters. What about the characters we already met prior to 2020 at some point- that was the case for some of mine.

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  2. Haha this was a fun post, thanks for writing that. Man I have to seriously agree with you about Morgause, creepiest mother ever eek! Also Ned definitely needs a nap.

    I’ve never read Little Dorrit (just watched the mini series) but this post has definitely got me intrigued to bump it up on my reading list. Sounds like there are some great characters!

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Indeed! Such a creep. And poor Ned. I was almost in physical pain during parts of that book because he was SO TIRED.
      Little Dorrit, like most (dare I say all?) Dickens novels has FANTASTIC characters. They are very entertaining. 🙂


  3. Heh, heh, the Anonymous Narrator. I haven’t read that Dostoyevsky yet but I remember discussing him and…yup. Most of the characters I relate to….not proud to relate. Not proud at all. XD I wish this was not a true fact.

    Okay, Dickens is fabulous and I was already kind of thinking I should read Little Dorrit next (at least…whenever I have access to a library), and Mr. F’s Aunt has cemented that conviction with irreversible force. I love her already. (also. we both answered the sassmaster question with a Dickens character and…well, this pleases me. That Dickens.)

    I love a properly nasty villain, but they certainly can get TOO nasty. I think that more often happens in movies, but it can happen with books too, I’m sure. Especially since it is apparently a fad now to write a bunch of villain POV scenes. Villain POV scenes are so annoying and I wish they would go away.

    And now that that somewhat out-of-place rant is over with, I LOVED this post, I was inwardly laughing the whole way through, and I’m so glad you did it. 😀

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    1. Ugh, those Dostoyevsky characters… It’s almost like he knows stuff about human nature that we would rather ignore. How dare he bring such things to life?
      YES, Dickens is the best at writing sassmasters. And Mr. F’s Aunt is an excellent reason to read Little Dorrit, though she is only a small part of it.
      I agree- villains really ought to be nasty, but it can be too much. Sometimes it’s just the excessive amount of detail about the villain that I really don’t want to know. I GET that he’s a horrible creep but I don’t want to READ about it.
      Thank you so much, I really enjoyed writing it!

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