Tuesday Top Ten-Fictional Characters I Most Relate To

I am so impressed with myself right now. Mostly because I’m really bad at doing Tuesday Top Tens lately and here I am doing one. Granted its about 3 am, side effects and I’m bored and tired but not sleepy tired and I’m kind of sick so I don’t really wanna sleep, website so hence the Tuesday Top Ten is actually getting done for once. I’m really proud of myself.

I do these questions on my personal facebook page. I have a TON of friends on FB, sick and I don’t mean that as a bragging thing because I realized that I have all these friends and I barely know them. So I try to do these get to know you questions to try and get to know them so they feel more like friends. Anyway, I asked the other day, what fictional character do you think is most like you?

And it got me thinking: this is a GREAT idea for the Tuesday Top Ten. So let’s do this :)

10. Belle from Beauty and the Beast

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I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Belle is probably the first character that really stood out to me, because she loved books and she got so wrapped in the stories and she continued to read them over and over again, and for some reason, people thought this was the weirdest thing in the world. Now, reading is pretty cool now but it wasn’t always like that and so I really identified with Belle, not fitting in and escaping the real world for the adventures in a book. Plus, I was massively determined to being able to walk and read at the same time…and I completely hit that goal.

BOOKSELLER: “That one? But you’ve read it twice!”

BELLE: “Well, it’s my favorite! Far off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise -“

9. Princess Leia from Star Wars

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Maybe this is just wishful thinking but this is another character that stood out to me as a child and stuck with me for the rest of my life and probably will continue to do so. I think I liked that she was basically the only girl in the movie, which means she had big shoes to fill and even though she wore pretty dresses and was a princess, she could handle a gun, had sarcasm and kept up with the boys. I grew up with mostly boys and I always felt like I had to be loud, and obnoxious and over the top to get their attention and to make them realize I was just as good as them, if not better, and that one day, a Han Solo is going to realize that I’m awesome, even when I’m annoying. Okay moving on because that paragraph was the biggest mess ever.

“I’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee.”

8. Aly from the Daughter of the Lioness

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I LOVE ALY! I think the reason that I most related to her was her desire to be something new, something that was unexpected of her, even though everyone was doubting her. The thing about Aly is that everyone believes in her, expects so much of her, knows that she can do so much. But she knows what she wants, and what she wants is not what everyone else wants for her and she meets fight after fight trying to make that happen. What I love about Aly is that she loves her family and knows that they want is best for her, she still fights to live her dreams and to live her life the way she wants to.

“Why, I’m just as true and honest as dirt. And I’m even more charming than dirt.”

7. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices

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The thing that always caught me about Tessa, that made me connect with her, was her ability to love everyone, and to care about everyone, feel responsibility for them. I know that I feel like I have to take care of the world, even though that’s not my responsibility. Tessa gets thrust into a brand new world and falls in love with all of these people that reach out and take care of her. She spreads her love so easily and that is exactly how I am. If someone is nice to me, takes care of me, welcomes me in, I fall in love. I love people fully. Plus she loves books. She says the most wonderful things about books; she quotes them. She’s an early fangirl ;) I wish I could find a boy like Will Herondale that would talk and argue books with me.

“Tessa craned her head back to look at Will. “You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.” His blue eyes were dark with understanding — of course Will would understand — and she hurried on. “I feel now as if the same is happening, only not to characters on a page but to my own beloved friends and companions. I do not want to sit by while tragedy comes for us. I would turn it aside, only I struggle to discover how that might be done.”

6. Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments

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Why do I relate to Alec Lightwood? How do I not relate to him? There is so much of Alec in me, its kind of crazy. I know that it took a lot of time for others to love him but I loved him from page one. He’s confused, and loyal and determined and confused. He’s so fiercely loyal and protective of his sister and brother and of Jace. I love that about him, especially since he’s often afraid while he’s trying to be protective. We definitely have the same sassy, sarcastic attitude that he gets in the very last book. But the most important thing that we have in common is the journey that we’ve taken to figure out who we are. Alec is shy, confused, and unable to accept parts of himself because of the fear of what others would think. I know what that’s like…to be so unsure of who you are and where you’re going and to watch Alec blossom and figure out who he is and become a stronger and better person because of that. I’d like to see myself in that.

“I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually
know how to make a pie.” He paused, clearly waiting.

Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”

“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”

5. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries

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Oh Mia Thermopolis. I immediately fell in love with her when I read the first book when I was 12 years old. She’s insecure and a little paranoid and a total fangirl and constantly trying to do the right thing, and kind of stumbling along. She’s so real. And even when she’s with a boy (Michael Moscovitz) and knows he loves her, she still gets insecure and makes silly mistakes. She overanalyzes everything and worries so much. She literally over worries about everything and its insane. But its totally me. I’m the biggest worrier I know. I worry about the dumbest things and so when I read the book, I really felt close to Mia. Plus she’s a writer. That obviously connects with me a lot. It takes awhile for her to figure out that this is what’s good at and what she wants to do with her life. Gasp. So me.

“But then I remembered something Grandmere had once assured me of: No one has ever died of embarrassment-never, not once in the whole history of time.”

4. Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle

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Sophie is also sort of like an Alec Lightwood for me in the whole insecurity thing. Sophie begins the novel and the movie feeling trapped in that hat shop, stuck in a life chosen for her because she thinks its the right thing to do. She’s not special, she’s not pretty, she doesn’t have any particular talents, she doesn’t stand out. She thinks that this is the best path for her because what other path does she have. Her mother is fabulous and constantly traveling and her sister is beautiful and has the attention of all her customers. But it takes Sophie breaking out of the box, going on a crazy adventure and falling in with a totally unexpected crowd to blossom. She figures out who she is and becomes strong and confident. She simply has to find that thing that makes her the person she is. It feels SO familiar to me, to be unsure if I’m on the right path, or if I’m even half as special as the people I’m around.

“They say that the best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst.”

3. Ron Weasley from Harry Potter

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YES. Ron Weasley. My favorite Harry Potter character, tied with Sirius Black. I like Ron Weasley because he’s the most relatable, the most realistic of the big Three in those books. There are so many reasons I relate to Ron. He feels in the shadow of others: his siblings, his best friends. He doesn’t think he’s as great as them and he’s constantly trying to prove himself. There’s a need to prove himself. But I also love that he’s a great friend but he has faults. He gets mad and jealous and frustrated and he gets in fights with his friends. People don’t always understand that about him because Hermione is seriously SUCH a selfless friend but Ron is real and selfish and he gets jealous and angry, and that feels normal and I know I’m like that. But the one thing that really gets me about Ron is his loyalty to his family, especially his brothers and sister. My immediate family means the absolute world to me. I too come from a large family, a family of six kids and I love my brothers and sisters so much, its amazing.

“You’ve sort of made up for it tonight,’ said Harry. ‘Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcux. Saving my life.’

‘That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was,’ Ron mumbled.

2. Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines

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I’ve always kind of hoped that I was like Rose Hathaway until my parabatai, Sylvia (from Fangirl Feeels) was reading one of the VA books and pointed out that Rose reminded her so much of me, the things she said, the way she acted, and honestly, I took that as a HUGE compliment. She is one of my FAVORITE female characters of ALL time and to be compared to her, to feel like I relate to her and that I’m like her…it almost feels like an honor. I want to be like one of my favorite characters. She’s brave and incredibly loyal and I would hope to be like that. But I love that she’s goofy and sassy, which I think kind of equates to me. I like that she’s constantly making jokes and saying ridiculous things and trying to find the humor in even the worst situations. I really feel similar to her. I don’t know that I am similar to her but I’ve heard it so and I like to believe I am :)

“The other problem in my life is Dimitri. He’s the one who killed Natalie, and he’s a total badass. He’s also pretty good-looking. Okay—more than good-looking. He’s hot—like, the kind of hot that makes you stop walking on the street and get hit by traffic.”

1. Cath from Fangirl

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There is literally never been a character that I’ve related to more in my life than Cath in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. From the moment that I started the book, I just fell into it. It easily became one of my favorite books and I had to tell Rainbow and she was SUCH a doll and sent me a postcard, thanking me for the letter and for relating to Cath so much. But its really her that I should thank. She literally understands me as a person. Sure, there are things about Cath that aren’t me. But there are so many things that are me. She is so afraid and anxious of the outside world, of making mistakes and venturing away from the things that are safe that she completely loses herself in the worlds of books. And people don’t always understand that about her. They don’t understand that navigating the cafeteria at her new school is seriously frightening and anxiety inducing. They don’t understand how someone could be SO obsessed with fictional characters. But I do. I completely get Cath and she gets me. She IS me.

“No,” Cath said, “Seriously. Look at you. You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.”

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The Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Disney Movies

So, information pills for those of you who are new to my blog, price and there do seem to be a quite big number of you. this is the Tuesday Top Ten. For those of you who have already followed me for a bit, this web go doodle a little while I quickly explain what it is to all my lovely new followers.

Basically…I love making lists, naming my top books or my top female characters, my top male crushes, my top weapons, my top fictional places that I would like to live in, things like that. So I came up with a weekly blog post on Tuesdays, called the Top Ten, where I count down the Top Ten.

You can see past top tens HERE.

I recently did a Top Ten where I counted my top ten Pixar movies, which of course, always causes discord amongst my followers (DAD!) haha. So I decided a good one to do would be Disney movies. This one was REALLY hard, like…really, really hard. Disney has been making movies since the 1930s. It was incredibly hard to narrow it down to ten. Mostly I thought about my childhood and what stands out the most to me. I was a child during the 1990s, and this was a fantastic time for Disney movies.

So here it is, this week’s Tuesday Top Ten: Favorite Disney Movies.

10. The Lion King

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I remember when I found out later in life that this movie was based off of the famous Shakespeare play “Hamlet”, I was absolutely shocked. Who would have thought? Then you watch this movie as an adult, and you can see that, you can see the absolute maturity of this movie and its something that I totally appreciate as an adult, the themes of the movie. As a kid, and a kid’s movie, its just fantastic. Its hilarious, the songs are super addicting and its just a beautiful movie. I think the biggest reason that it appealed to me as a kid is all the animals. Let’s be real, kids LOVE animals and this movie is chock full of them.

9. Lilo and Stitch

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I saw this movie when it first came out when I was 13 years old, a little “old” for a kids movie, though you’re never too old for Disney, now are you? I think the thing that really appealed to me about this movie was that it was finally a CHUBBY Disney character. I love Disney princesses, I’m a girl and I adore the princesses but Lilo was awesome. She’s this short little kid with chubbiness going on and her sister has these big ol’ thighs and they just feel so real, which seems kind of ironic since Stitch is an alien but its true. And even though its an alien, and all that, its still such a relatable story about family and how family can come from places you never really expect. It really shows you that, sometimes, your family doesn’t always need to be those who are blood related but can come from those people who are so special, so supportive, and so loving. I love this movie. And come on, who doesn’t feed Pudge the fish on sandwich day because he controls the weather?

8. Peter Pan

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A place where there are pirates and Native Americans (I know, the movie calls them Indians, I can’t help but be politically correct haha), mermaids and adventure and never having to grow up? Sign me up! Especially on those days when your gas tank is on empty, your bills are due, there are two papers and three midterms coming up and nothing seems to be going your way and you wish so badly that you could go back to that completely uncomplicated time of being a child. That’s where Peter Pan steps in. Its a wonderful movie to remember that growing up, its not so bad…but that we can always be a child. I’ve grown up, and still will continue to grow up, in all the right ways but I always will have that child in me, because if I don’t…well then whats the point of life? Where does the fun come in? I enjoy watching Peter Pan because it reminds us that we should always remember to dream and we should always remember to be a little kid.

7. Mary Poppins

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I ADORE MARY POPPINS and its the only non-animated movie on the list because I absolutely positively adore this movie. I think this movie is the movie that kind of ushered in my love of musicals. Its all about imagination and having fun, but learning lessons along the way as well, like cleaning your room and feeling connection with others, and things like that. I love the children’s mother and her fight for women’s rights too. Its barely noted except for the one song but I just adore it, especially since the father is so weirded out by it but she just keeps fighting. I love the children and I just love Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews is just so beautiful and fantastic and talented in this movie, and if I ever wanted a nanny, you bet I’d want one like that, who teaches you to clean your room in the best way possible, and takes you into the land of chalk drawings, where you race horses from a merry go round. I only wish that I could have the chance to see this performed on stage.

6. Aladdin

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You know, I’ve always loved this movie but I don’t think I ever would have included it in my top ten if not for my boyfriend. My boyfriend will watch this movie over and over and over and over again and because of the million and one times that I have sat and watched this movie with him, it really has become one of my favorites. Its such an old school kind of fairy tale. You have the love story, the evil character waiting to usurp the throne, the faithful sidekicks in Abu and the Magic Carpet and the kind of wise old mentor, which in this case is also the hilarious Genie played by Robin Williams. Its funny, its action, its romantic, and its just a straight up good movie. Once we get past the fact that Princess Jasmine is 15 years old and needs to get married…its a great movie.

5.  Cinderella

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Everything about this movie screams unrealistic cheesy romantic fairy tale but I think that this is exactly why I like it so much. Its very magical, if completely bonkers. Cinderella gets a fairy godmother to make her a beautiful dress, and helps her get to the ball where the handsome prince falls madly in love with her and rescues her from the clutches of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Isn’t that what all girls want…a prince charming to come riding in, to sweep them off their feet and rescue them from the boring monotony that is their life and give them a life of excitement and love? There’s a reason that Cinderella remains one of the most popular princesses, because she has the most magical and most romantic of all the fairy tales and I love me some good romance stories and this is why it is so high up. Even though love isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and choruses singing, its nice to remember, even when times get hard, that love is beautiful and we could always do with a little romance.

4. A Goofy Movie

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This is absolutely one of my favorite MOVIES period of all time. I grew up watching this movie over and over and over and over again. One, I love that Goofy gets his own movie, he is one of my favorite Disney characters because, well, he’s goofy! He’s silly and klutzy and fun but we get to see more of Goofy in this movie. He’s a dad in this one, and he’s determined to be the best dad that he can be, determined to help his son turn out to be a good kid. Its a pretty heart warming film, when you think about it, and it results in a bond between Goofy and his son Max. Its also really fun though, and the amount of times that I’ve laughed watching this movie, though I’ve watched it a million times, is just too many to count. And the music? I can still sing, WORD FOR WORD, every song on this soundtrack. Actually, I’m pretty sure I have this soundtrack on my itunes…

3. Tangled

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I actually saw this movie a good year or two after it had come out in theaters. I had seen it, but hadn’t really had any desire to watch it. My old boss at Panera, however, kept saying how good it was and her daughter was super obsessed with (and okay, her daughter was a year old but whatever) and it just piqued my interest. I saw that it was on Netflix and figured, “meh, why not?” I am SO glad that I did. I have watched it about a hundred million times since then and I seriously just love this movie. It has Mandy Moore (love!) as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi (LOVE!) as Flynn Rider and its just a fun princess adventure. Sure, we’re back to the super gorgeous and skinny princesses but Rapunzel has spunk and cleverness and bravery, and she doesn’t wait for Flinn to save her, but she does the work herself and they work together. This is SO much different than what we’ve seen before. And the amazing Alan Menkin, who has done music for so many of the brilliant Disney movies, does the music in this one. Another soundtrack on my itunes…

2. Beauty and the Beast

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Can I be honest for a moment? The biggest reason that I love this movie so much and that Belle is my favorite Disney princess is because she is a READER. I remember as a little kid wanting to be able to walk and read the way she does…and by the way? I totally can. But I loved how she read and I loved the way she talked about reading and books. Its exactly how I feel, the way you can escape into books, the way they teach you and the way they make you want to be so much more than what you are. Belle is a big dreamer and she gets so much of that from her love of books. And Beast…possibly the BEST Disney prince ever (though, I must admit, Prince Philip is the hottest…and he barely talks, which some girls might consider a win haha), gives Belle something so personal and thoughtful. The other princesses get woken up from slumber and married, like Snow White and Aurora, or win the prince without ever speaking a word, like Ariel but Beast recognizes the beauty AND intelligence of Belle and gives her a LIBRARY. A LIBRARY! What an amazing gift! Hey, boyfriend, why don’t you get me a library????? Just kidding…or am I? Anyway, I love this movie because Belle is the princess that I relate to the most and I always do and always will.

1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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I love Winnie the Pooh. I loved him as a child, and I adore him as an adult and he is my absolute favorite Disney character. I have a huge stuffed Pooh on my bed that I sleep with, and a hand drawn Pooh Bear on my wall from Disneyland. My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Winnie the Pooh ride. One of my absolute favorite children’s books is the book of Winnie the Pooh, and House at Pooh Corner and all of those. Winnie the Pooh consists of silly and fun stories, adventures of stuffed animals but there is so much more to it as well. There’s little lessons here and there on friendship and love and its all so very sweet. And Pooh is just so lovable. He’s one of those characters that you just can’t help but to love. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day  and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too have never gotten old to me, and they were made quite a long time ago, long before I was born. They hold so strong and true with children and that’s why this is my absolute favorite Disney movie of all time.

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I hope that you enjoyed this week’s top Ten!

What are some of YOUR favorite Disney movies? I’d like to hear! As always, share below in the comments!

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