Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you
I’m cheating a little bit here, again. The character I’ve chosen is not the main character in this series, and he’s male which physically doesn’t make him much like me, either… But I made my mother help me with this one, and we decided that this character, when you think about it, really is a lot like me. Honestly, I’m flattered.
Protector of the Small series – Tamora Pierce
The Protector of the Small series focuses on Keladry of Mindelan, a young girl who decides to take advantage of the law that girls may train to become knights. Not everyone is supportive of Kel’s decision, indeed, most people are dead set against it. She faces off bullies, discrimination and cruel-minded males, all with the determination to prove everyone wrong and succeed. I wish that I was like Kel. She is an amazing character – full of determination, stoicism and endless bravery. But she is not who I think I am like. Kel is too serious for me…
According to my mother, I am more like Kel’s best friend: Nealan of Queenscove.
Bear with me here. Neal is a great character. He is one of the first to befriend Kel when she starts her training and looks out for her from that moment on, sometimes against her. Neal provides a source seriousness and lightheartedness in equal measure. He lightens Kel’s solid character, showing a tendency towards humour and a good time that we wouldn’t otherwise see. Neal was always one of my favourite characters in the series, and for many reasons – not just because he was described as ‘handsome’.
He is loyal, brave, serious, honourable, fun-loving, book-loving, insubordinate, fussy, temperamental (he has the nastiest of tempers!) and often absentminded. In some ways, Neal and I are quite similar. Particularly in the love of books and some fun, but also in being serious, fussy, absentminded and prone to temperamental outbursts. I also like to think of myself as honourable and loyal to those I care about and can hope that I am brave. Insubordination is just another thing to add to my list – I’ll practice it on my parents. 🙂