Are you a renegade or an anarchist?
Today I'm SO excited to be a part of the RENEGADES blog tour that has been put together by the amazing Fierce Reads team! To get pumped up for Renegades(out 11/7/17) I'm going to be sharing my Top Ten Literary and Comic Book Heroes- but don't worry, not all of them are characters that you would immediately classify as a 'hero', I have to let a little of my anarchist shine through! But first, a little bit more about the amaaaazing book that is RENEGADES!
This book sounds AMAZING, right? I absolutely cannot wait to finish it!
Now for some fun...
katie's top ten literary and comic book heroes
These characters won't be in any particular order because I just can't bring myself to rank them like that! They're all amazing in different ways and I love them all for different reasons. So without further ado, here are my favorite heroes!
1. Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Fitzwilliam Darcy is actually my favorite male character, it's not hard for me to say that. He's the epitome of a gentleman by the end of Pride and Prejudice. I've always loved that yes, even though he does save the day for the Bennet family, he admits to Lizzie that he only did it for her. So he's honest, and his love for Miss Elizabeth is EVERYTHING.
2. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
C'mon, you didn't think I wouldn't include her, did you? I can't show Darcy love without pointing to his better half at the same time. Lizzie has always been a character I've looked up to. From her brains to her wit to her loyalty, Elizabeth Bennet has the whole package. And any woman who can bewitch Mr. Darcy the way she did deserves mad props.
3. V (V for Vendetta)
Crossing over into anarchy territory now it seems. V from the BRILLIANT graphic novel that is V for Vendetta is one of the greatest characters I've ever read. He's a genius both with words and with toppling corrupt governments. I never get tired of rereading his story, or of watching the movie adaptation. Remember, remember...
Superman has, and always will be my favorite comic book hero. I've always loved how he never sacrifices doing the right thing. He never does something wrong only to chalk it up to "the greater good." Nope, my boy Supes has standards that he always sticks too, and I absolutely adore him for it.
5. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
Anne(don't forget the e) Shirley of Green Gables has been a hero in my life for as long as I can remember. Reading about a smart girl, a girl who was respected for being smart, was one of the biggest moments of my literary childhood. And the way Anne goes through every moment of life looking for beauty and taking as much of it in as she possibly can is incredibly. If everyone tried to be a little more like Anne, the world would be a better place.
6. Addie (The Two Princesses of Bamarre)
I've read The Two Princesses of Bamarre about a half-million times, and every single time Addie shines. It's so refreshing to read about a heroine who isn't brave, who doesn't know everything, who hasn't the faintest idea how to slay a dragon. Because, you know what? I don't know how to slay a dragon either. But I'd hope that I could be a little like Addie in that sort of situation and overcome any fears or obstacles that stand in my way.
7. Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo- A.K.A. Mia (The Princess Diaries)
I grew up alongside Princess Mia. I wrote in my diary every day because Mia did. These books are so special to me, and Mia was the most relatable character of my pre-teen/teen years. She wasn't cool. She was a nerd. She liked books. She obsessed over every little thing. She had bad hair days(every day). She had Princess Amidala underwear. And she was my BIGGEST hero for ten books.
8. Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Yep, another smart girl. Are you sensing a theme here? There might be one. A Series of Unfortunate Events is another set of books that I grew up with, and Violet was always my favorite character. She always used her brain to save the day and outsmart Count Olaf and I wanted to BE her when I grew up. I think we need more girls inventing things to take down old, mean men.
9. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass)
When I first read Throne of Glass, I couldn't believe that I was finally reading about a girl who 1) could wipe the floor with every man in the book, 2) was just as sarcastic as me, and 3) still liked pretty dresses. Because I was tired of reading about the tough, stoic(though still amazing) young girls who hated dresses and makeup and either never cared what they looked like. It's ok to be both! Celaena is a tough-as-nails character who ALSO knows she's pretty and embraces it. And it was so much fun to read, because I like makeup and dresses and sparkly things too, but I want to be cool like Katniss! With Adarlan's Assassin, I didn't have to choose, and I have always loved that.
10. Alana and Marko (Saga)
These two are a package deal for me, because together they're unstoppable. The Saga storyline has been the biggest roller coaster, and Alana and Marko are the best part. Nope, they aren't perfect by any means. In fact, sometimes they are pretty crappy, to each other and everyone else. But when they get it THEY GET IT. And it's those moments that make them the most unstoppable couple in the universe.
So that's it for my top ten heroes! Are any of these characters in your top ten? I'd love to read which characters you would choose, so feel free to leave them in the comments!
And if you want some more hero/anarchist action, be sure to preorder RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer- out 11/7/17!
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