Yesterday I wrote about my favorite male character, and today I must write about my favorite female character. But I just can’t choose, so I have to make it a tie between Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Lena Kaligaris from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I’ll be honest: these two are my favorites because I relate to them the most. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone, and finding a character who is similar to myself makes me feel like I can be the heroine of my own story.
I love Hermione because she is true to her beliefs. While I was always a hard worker with a high GPA, I wish I was also as brave and true to myself as Hermione is. I am working on sticking up for myself and others more. It was interesting to see how Hermione’s priorities shifted throughout the series, and I think I’m still in phase where I’m discovering what my priorities are/should be. Even though I’m not facing a dark wizard threatening to take over the world, there are still rights to be fought for and people to help.
As for Lena, I am like her in many ways. My middle name is Lena, so I loved her immediately. We both love art, we both come from Greek families, and we both can be painfully reserved. I think I like her so much because she is very real. She struggles to “find herself” throughout the whole series. She wants to experience love, but she’s very scared to get close to people. She wants to follow her dreams, but she’s afraid of failure. And, perhaps most of all, she wants her friends to be happy but isn’t always sure how to help. I really related to her struggles when I read the books as a teenager, and I still face those struggles today. But I am planning on going to Greece this summer, so maybe I’ll meet a Kostos of my own! 😉
Who are your favorite female characters? Do you also tend to like characters who are similar to yourself?