(also look at me, posting! this has honestly been sitting in my draft for months but I finally finished it!)
So this is a hard question, her exact question was what character influenced my personality and for that like I'm thinking of characters I admired growing up, the ones I wanted to be and so they influenced, in whatever small ways, how I acted and everything, if that makes any sense.
So the biggest one would probably be Thalia Grace from Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson was the series that got me into reading and I love Percy, and I love Grover, and of course Annabeth, and while I admired all of them, especially Annabeth because she's smart and amazing, I wanted to be Thalia. She's a badass and she owns it and I've always wanted to be a badass. I wanted to wear black and lots of eyeliner and threaten people and this sounds bad but I mean it all in a good way! And she swore off boys, so I love her for that too, okay? So, Thalia definitely influenced my personality growing up.
Everyone says Hermione, I feel, and this isn't a bad thing. Everyone should be so lucky as to be influenced by and want to be Hermione, she's a badass and she's amazingly smart and there's so much to Hermione that makes her one of the best characters but...I wanted to be Luna Lovegood and Luna is who I feel inspired me and my personality growing up. I feel like I've always been drawn to the eccentric, crazy characters, who don't necessarily completely fit in but they own who they are and they're happy with who they are and that is Luna Lovegood. And she's such an amazing character. She's strange but she's so smart and she's fine being strange cause that's who she is. She's a misfit but she finds a place in the world and she doesn't change to do it and she doesn't care what people think. I'm strange and I'm crazy and I've always wanted to be that way and Luna helped me with that.
Princess Raisa ana’Marianna from The Seven Realms novels. If you haven't read these, first of all, do so at your earliest convince. I started reading these as soon as they came out because I love this author, so I was about 13? And Raisa is just so much goals okay? She's a crown princess, she's smart, she can kick major ass and yeah, basically everything you could want in a future queen or a best friend. She's just...goals. That's the only way to explain her.
Padme Amidala from Star Wars. Okay, shot me now, I love the Star Wars prequels. When I was tiny I wanted nothing more than to be Padme, okay? She has kickass hair, she's pretty and smart and can hold her own in a fight and I still love her to this day.
So then you have Katniss, and Hermione, and Annabeth, Princess Leia, Rey, Buffy, Lorelai Gilmore, and so many others. And basically what these all have in common is they are badass girls and women, and they all taught me so much growing up, and they all inspired me in so many ways and, like I still aspire to be as amazing as every one of them. They definitely influenced my personality and just everything, growing up.
As you can see, they are all amazing females. Haha. So I feel I'm missing important people here but I can't think of them at the moment and this list could go on forever if I start mentioning all the ones that came after my "early years" (read: ages like 10 through 15). If I had to pick a character right now who was like my current "life goals" that would have to be Magnus Bane because who doesn't want to be like Magnus Bane, ok? He's kind and badass and fabulous and much like Luna Lovegood he doesn't care what anyone thinks! Also eyeliner game on point. He is the person I would want to be my life coach and mentor. Along with Isabelle Lightwood.
Stay tuned for part two, the books that most influenced me growing up!
And let me know what characters influenced you, your personality, who you wanted to be, everything, in the comments! Also, most importantly, if you could pick one character to be your life coach/mentor who would it be?!?!
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