Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Protagonists

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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This is my first time doing it, and today’s list is a freebie as long as it involves characters, and this post is long overdue.  For today’s list I decided on 10 of my favourite protagonists in books I’ve read. They’re not necessarily the best protagonists, but they’re some of the best.

They are in no particular order.

Tarzan

Tarzan might be one of your favourite Disney characters, but he is also the star of a number of books. I really enjoyed reading Tarzan’s books and that’s why he is on my list. He’s obviously a very strong and athletic human and could quite easily beat up any of his enemies, but he is one of the most gentle characters I’ve ever read.

I really enjoyed learning alongside Tarzan, and his love of Jane was a refreshing romance that develops throughout the books.

Nynaeve

This is one of the newer members on this list, but honestly she would probably be in my top 5 favourite characters if I was ranking them properly. I love how strong of a character she is, and how determined she is to be the best at what she does.

What I like most about her though is the fact that she pushes herself. She pushes herself, often too hard, to be the best and do better, and blames herself even when something minor goes wrong. She pulls off some amazing feats, and then will immediately blame herself for something she did wrong. I related to this so much, and this is why Nynaeve is one of my favourite characters of all time.

Arya Stark

Arya is cool, badass, smart, scary, and downright awesome all wrapped into one. As one of the Stark kids, her life has not been easy, but she has pushed through it all and has become pretty amazing in the process.

She’s also a main source of the non-Westeros story line we get in Game of Thrones. She develops some magical powers, and it’s cool seeing a female character, in a world where they are often useless, become one of the strongest and scariest characters in the whole world.

Liesel Meminger

Liesel made this list because I feel like she represents an aspect of who I am. She discovers a love of books and reading, and sacrifices her safety for the safety of others.

I want to believe that I am similar to her in some ways, and the sadness of her story is what makes her character so amazing.

King Arthur

I’m speaking of King Arthur from The Once and Future King more specifically, but Arthur in general is one of my favourite characters across any platform.

He stands for chivalry, honour, wisdom and strength. He represents the good in people, and isn’t the stereotypical warrior king that people might assume come from the Middle Ages period.

Even during all this, he is still human. He feels betrayal, he shows weakness, he gets hurt. He’s a godly figure that lives as a human, an that’s why he has made my list.

Jaime Lannister

This is the second and last Game of Thrones entry on this list, but I think he is deserving of the praise. Jaime makes my list because he is a lot like King Arthur in a way. He is this praised and revered character that basically has the heavens opening up for him…until he is dragged through the mud and the dirt and left in the garbage.

He is taken from his high horse, and he changes. He adapts. His character changes and develops and grows with the story, and he becomes a good guy. We see a character change from evil to good, and as he is no longer praised by the story characters, he starts being praised by the readers.

Martin the Warrior

Did you ever think a mouse could make the list? Well you would be wrong. Martin the Warrior is from some of my favourite books of all time, and he stands for the good in people.

He’s a noble warrior that fights for the good of those who can’t protect themselves. His life isn’t easy, but he fights through it, serving the side of good and helping anyone he can, despite his pain and his own problems.

Garrett Reilly

This may be more of an unknown member on my list, but I like Garrett Reilly a lot. He’s a gifted genius who has struggled through life, and still struggles. He could very easily be making millions of dollars, living any life he wanted by using his intelligence, but instead he uses his brains to help defend his country from opposing threats.

There’s not much else to say here other than I really enjoy his development. He is very much a lone wolf that we see develop into not only a team player, but also a leader and friend.

Luffy

This might not be a surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but Luffy is definitely one of my top 5 characters as well. The biggest reason is that he stands up for his ideals and his friends.

You can insult him all you want, and people do, but as soon as you try to crush someone else’s dreams, or hurt someone weaker than yourself, he is going to make you wish you didn’t. I could probably write an essay on Luffy and why he is such a good character, but I will leave it there.

Kaladin

Kaladin is from the Stormlight Archives, and like Luffy and Nynaeve, he is in my top 5 characters. Why do I like him so much? He’s not perfect. Yeah he’s probably the best doctor around, and definitely one of the best fighters, but he doubts himself.

He makes mistakes and beats himself up and doubts himself constantly, but will consistently help others. He will see the best in them and trust them completely, even if it hurts him.

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10 Book Related Podcasts You Need to Listen To

So I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who love books and love podcasts. So what could be better than combining the two? Below are my top 10 picks for book related podcasts you need to listen to.

#1: Get Booked

Get Booked is a podcast from Book Riot, where listeners can ask for book recommendations based on…really anything! Maybe you’re headed to Paris for vacation and want a book set there, or you just read Crazy Rich Asians and need a read-alike STAT, or you’re going through a breakup and need something to help you through it. No matter the question, hosts Amanda and Jenn have got recs for you. Plus, they try to actually read the books before recommending them, so you know you’re getting something good.

#2: Fictional

This podcast takes classic literature (think Frankenstein and The Count of Monte Cristo) and retells them in a modern and relatable way. So whether you never got around to reading these in high school or you’re a classics junkie who wants a refresher, this podcast is for you. Bonus: At the end of each episode, the host will tell you about a hilariously cringeworthy supervillain from old comic books!

 

#3: Getting Into Comics

With the world of comic books being as widespread and complex as it is, it can be intimidating for someone just starting out to know where to begin. Enter Tim, who uses this podcast to help comic book newcomers ease their way in. He’ll explain terms, share ideas on where to get started, and even break down stories so you can find one that’s right for you!

 

#4: The New Yorker: Fiction

Running since 2007 — yes, you read that right! Podcasts are really that old — this podcast features a different renowned author each month. They choose a favorite story from the magazine’s fiction section, read it aloud, and discuss it with fiction editor Deborah Treisman. This one will definitely be thought-provoking, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for something that will really stimulate your brain without adding to your TBR.

 

#5: Drunk Booksellers

Here’s another podcast for those booklovers who like to sip while they read. In this podcast, Emma and Kim interview fellow booksellers around America, talking favorite books and the industry in general — while sipping on literary-themed drinks, of course.

 

#6: Tales

Think fairy tales are all princesses and true love? Tales will show you otherwise. Every week, host Vanessa tells a classic fairy tale the way they were originally written — dark undertones and adult themes included. You’ll learn about the origins and cultural relevance of these tales while getting to hear the story firsthand from Vanessa herself.

 

#7: What Should I Read Next?

If you find yourself asking that very question, then Anne’s podcast can help you! Anne chats with real-life people, discovering their likes and dislikes, and then recommends real books to them. As a self-proclaimed “modern Mrs. Darcy,” you can be sure your TBR is in good hands with Anne.

 

#8: 33% Pulp

In this podcast, hosts Linzi, Amber, and Daniel read classic pulp novels…only they don’t read the entire thing. Instead, each host is randomly assigned one-third of the novel and they each recap their portion for the others. If you’re a fan of pulp and/or hilarious hijinks that ensue from only reading a portion of a book, then this is the podcast for you

 

#9: Ink to Film

Whether you’re a fan of screen adaptations of books or not, you’ll enjoy listening to writer Luke and filmmaker James discuss the topic. Each episode, they read a book and then watch the film or show adaptation. Then they review from their unique points of view.

 

#10: Major Spoilers

Love comics? So do Bryan, Rodrigo, and Stephen. So in each episode of Major Spoilers, they cover comic book news, review new titles, and sometimes dive into the general world of comic book pop culture. That means movies, shows, etc. Whether you’re new to the comic book world or a total expert, you’ll find something to love.

 

Do you have other suggestions? Let me know in the comments secion

Top 5 Manga/Anime Characters

The basis for this list is pretty simple. I’m gonna list my top 5 favourite Manga characters. It doesn’t matter if they’re good, bad, boy or girl, and no I’m not going to be ranking them on their  “features”…I’m actually gonna rank them based of who I like most.

So without further adieu… here we go.

#5 Koon Aguero Agnis

Though technically not from a manga, Koon is from the manwa Tower of God. He might not look like much, but he’s got it where it really counts.

He’s kind of the unofficial “sidekick” of the main character Baam, and that’s why I like him, though he’s not as much of a sidekick as a support role. Imagine Ant-man and Wasp level of “sidekick”.

Baam has some crazy prophecy powers and is therefore fairly OP, but Koon manages to keep up with him in all aspects pretty much, despite not being all that special himself.

Yeah he’s a member of one of the 10 Great Families, but he decided to run away and do things on his own.

He’s also one of the smartest characters in the story, and has a lot of nifty tricks in his repetoire that he uses in some really cool ways.

Also… I forget every so often that Koon is actually male. Some times he looks more feminine than some of the women in the story, and it’s like “oh…yeah… he’s a dude, cool.

(Also he beat Rachel at one point and thats a big plus in my book because she’s the worst)

You’ll probably realize pretty quick that most of the people on this list are considered “secondary” characters in their manga/anime. I think it’s the same with a lot of people, but at least for me I think that secondary characters are SO MUCH COOLER THAN THE MAIN CHARACTERS. 

 

#4 Edward Elric

What’s not to love about Ed? He’s small, he’s feisty, and he’s a total bad ass fighting with his metal arm against immortal creatures.

He’s one of the best and brightest Alchemists in the world despite being a teenager, and he wears a cloak, which kind of makes anyone look cool.

I also really love the fact that he has two metal limbs. It’s a really cool character design, and you don’t often see the main character of a manga that’s missing some limbs right at the start of the story.

What I really like about Ed though is the fact that he could have used a Philosopher’s Stone at any point  to get his arm and leg back, and give Al his whole body back.

I mean they were looking for a Philosopher’s Stone for years, and he decided against it because they found out what they were made from sacrificing humans.

Ed is the one “main” charcter on this list, and would probably be higher up, but numbers 1-3 are just too tough to beat, and I think you’ll agree.

 

#3 Erza Scarlett

Erza is the only female on this list, but is one hell of a bad ass. She is the stronest member of the Fairy Tail Guild (way stronger than Natsu and I don’t count Gildarts, let me know if you disagree).

Erza is also wayyyyy cooler than I originally thought she was. There were 2 moments that really solidified Erza in my top 5 characters, and you can probably guess them if you’ve read Fairy Tail.

The first was in the Grand Magic Games Arc, where she took on all 100 monsters which put Fairy Tail in the lead of the games.

I mean come on, people were thinking of taking on 1 or 2, maybe 5 or 6, but Erza was first up in the event and decided to take on all 100 of the monsters at once, and ended up winning.

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The second moment that made Erza an awesome character is when she had her interaction with her mom in the final Arc of the series.

Spoilers if you haven’t read the manga yet…

In the final arc we find out that Erza’s mom was a dragon slayer. If you’ve read the whole manga, you find out that Erza is sort of part dragon (confusing but I don’t want to gve it away), but knowing this really made Erza’s character make sense.

I mean there were countless times where she would go above and beyond physically and magically, but still come out on top, and it all made sense as to how she could do that when we find out she is part dragon, and her mom was also an insanely powerful mage in the Spriggan 12.

 

#2 Vegeta

VEGETA IS AN ABSOLUTE BEAST.

I could leave it there, but I figured he deserves more than one sentence.

Vegeta is the only villain turned good guy on this list, and as much as I love him, he can’t top #1.

There never really was a chance for me to hate Vegeta. I mean yeah he was a bad guy at the start of Dragon Ball Z, and yeah he wasn’t really a “good” guy until Cell, but it was his actions against Frieza that really pushed me over the edge into liking him.

I mean Vegeta, who could have beaten Krillen in about a minute, lets Krillin beat the crap out of him just to become stronger after being healed.

Can you imagine how the Saiyan Prince’s ego must have been hurt when he had to let some wimpy little human pummel him basically to death, even if it was to get stronger and beat Frieza in the end.

Vegeta is also not the main character, which always puts him one step behind Goku.

It’s always Goku who gets to beat up the biggest bad guy of the arc, and it’s kind of annoying because it’s been the same thing over and over for a while now.

I don’t hate Goku either. He’s freaking cool too, but Goku gets a power boost from being the main character, and Vegeta is always trying to catch up.

Plus, how awesome does Vegeta look in this form? Right? It’s no Ultra Instinct, but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of it yet.

 

#1 Roronoa Zoro

I don’t know if you’re really surprised by this. If Zoro isn’t in your Top 5 list then I don’t know if we can be friends. (Just kidding please don’t hate me).

Everything about him is just pure awesomeness, and I’m not just talking about him fighting other people.

Yeah he can kick some major ass, but he’s also a major part of why the Straw Hat crew is still together.

There were three things that Zoro has done that turned me into a big fan of his, and I’m pretty sure they are the same reasons that everyone else likes him too.

The first is when Usopp left the crew over the Going Merry dispute. Luffy was willing to let Usopp come back without admitting he was wrong. Zoro would not accept that, and said he would leave his friends behind if they were willing to lose their integrity as a crew, and that he wouldnt’t accept Luffy as a Captain if he let others walk all over him.

The second moment was against Kuma.

Kuma came looking for Luffy’s head right after they beat Moria. The Strawhats were so beaten and exhausted, and they could barely lift a finger to fight him.

Zoro was willing to give up his life, and probably more so, his promise to become the strongest swordsman in the world in order to let Luffy live and obtain his dream.

Kuma took all the pain out of Luffy, and put it into Zoro, as payment for letting Luffy live.

Not only did Zoro survive this, but he also wouldn’t let anybody else know (even though a few found out) because he didn’t want anybody pitying him, or thanking him for what he did.

The final, moment is actually two moments put together.

Pretty early on in the manga, Zoro loses to Mihawk, and while near death, he apologizes to Luffy and claims he will never lose again. Luffy laughs it off of course, and knows Zoro will hold himself to that promise.

Fast forward a few arcs and the Strawhat Pirates were split up, and each found a place to train themselves for the next two years.

Zoro ends up on an island with Mihawk, and begs Mihawk  (Who Zoro vowed to defeat and take his throne as the strongest swordsman in the world) to train him to become stronger.

That’s got to hurt someone’s pride. Begging their biggest rival, and the man they want to kill, for help. Zoro swallows his pride and begs Mihawk to train him, so that he can become worthy to serve under the man who is going to be the King of the Pirates.

 

That’s all I’ve got today for my Top 5 list. I’d love to hear what your Top 5 list would look like. Let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Thoughts: My Top 10 Fictional Worlds I Want to Live In

I think every reader thinks of being a part of the books they read, and has had more than a few dreams being in those books too.

Everyone who has ever dreamed that has a list of their favourite worlds they’d want to be a part of, so I’m making mine official.

The criteria for this list is that I will be assuming I am a person of at least minor importance in the world, because assuming I am just a dime a dozen character, my experience of the world wouldn’t be very much…here goes.

NUMBER X: INKWORLD

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This one really only made my list because I am assuming that I have the ability to, or know someone who has the ability to bring books to life. It would be amazing to be able to bring any other book to life and meet the characters or have them live in my world, assuming I don’t accidently bring a dragon or some beast to this world and destroy it.

 

NUMBER IX: STAR WARS

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The Star Wars Universe made this list because of how vast it is. There are so many planets that could be explored, and some interesting technology that would fascinate me. Now I’m gonna assume I’ve got a little bit of money or skill that would allow me to travel around the galaxy, and not some moisture farmer that never lets me leave Tatooine.

 

NUMBER VIII: OZ

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I was a little surprised myself that Oz made it into my list. It was an honorable mention when I first started out, but then I realized how cool it could really be. I mean there is witches, munchkins, the Lollipop Guild, talking lions, and who knows what else. I haven’t had too much experience with Oz, but I think it would be an amazing world to explore and expereince.

 

NUMBER VII: INFERNAL DEVICES

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For those that don’t recognize this world right away its the Shadowhunter World, like City of Bones, but set in the Victorian era, and not modern times. Assuming I can be some nameless Shadowhunter, I would love to be able to experience werewolves, vampires, demons, and countless other monsters and demons as a part of my regular life. Plus the interaction between the Shadowhunter world and the Victorian era was much more interesting to me than the modern time interaction. The only reason it’s coming in at #7 is because being a nameless Shadowhunter in that world probably means I would die pretty young, and I’m not a big fan of dying.

 

NUMBER VI: HOGWARTS

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I think every book lover wants to live in the Harry Potter world, whether they’ll admit it or not. For this one I’m assuming that I have some magical powers, and attended Hogwarts or something. It’s magic. How could you not want magic? It would be cool living a “secret life” and hiding your magic from Muggles. Like any HP fan I’ve gone on to Pottermore and been sorted, and turns out I’m a Gryffindor. Don’t know if that would be the same if it were real, but just going through the wizarding experience would be amazing.

NUMBER V: TENERANT (KINGKILLER)

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This may come as a surprise, but I think Tenerant would be one of the best worlds to live in. The magic is subtle, and doesn’t influence regular life very much, but it is still there. I don’t really have a lot to say about it because there is so much of it that is still a mystery, but the mystery is why it’s #5 on my list. I don’t imagine I would be smart enough to be a student at The University, but I imagine I am somewhat smart and have enough money to explore the world. I would love to learn from someone who attended The University, and maybe pick up a trick or two.

 

NUMBER IV: NARNIA

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I think the biggest appeal of Narnia would be the different talking animals and the different creatures that inhabit the world. The one catch is that I don’t want to live my whole life in Narnia. I’d want to time jump basically. Come and go as I please, and see the change in Narnia every time I came back. It seems that humans were a rarity for some time in Narnia, so it would be cool to be a rare creature in the world, and then maybe come back to a point where humans were much more common (like in the books basically). I think my biggest goal would be to document Narnia’s history. Maybe come back every so often and talk to people who could tell me what happened since I was there last.

NUMBER III: RANDLAND (WHEEL OF TIME)

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I’m obsessed with Wheel of Time right now so that is definitely a contributing factor as to why its #3 on my list. I’m gonna say I lived before Rand lived, so I don’t have the books influencing my life at all. The biggest reason I would want to live there is because of the Aes Sedai. They are such a common part of the world that it would make life so much more interesting. I don’t expect to be anyone of great import, but maybe I could be a gleeman and travel the world, collecting stories and interacting with people from all over the world. PLUS, maybe if I was lucky I could be like Perrin and speak to wolves…but thats just a dream.

NUMBER II: MARVEL

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Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? Even some minor power would be cool, even a seemingly useless power can be useful in certain situations. The reason the Marvel Universe is #2 on my list is because whether or not I was a superhero, that world would be amazing. Yes, I know there is a high risk of dying from countless laser beams, finger snaps, buildings falling, or even interdimensional portals opening in my bedroom while I was sleeping and cutting me in half, but I think the risk is worth the reward. Getting to see Spider-Man swing by or climbing up my buildings wall would make 23 year old me happier than childhood me.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Middle Earth     Westeros     DC Universe     Star Trek     Azeroth

NUMBER I: ROSHAR

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The Stormlight Archive universe is by far my favourite world that I would want to live in. I’m just going to assume that I am not a member of the Knights Radiant, but that I am a light eyed person. The biggest reason I would want to live in that world is entirely because of the entire world’s dependence on gemstones. They’re used as currency, for light, for the Knight’s powers, and a bunch of other things I couldn’t begin to mention. I’ve always loved the medieval themed stories with knights and swords and stuff, but The Stormlight archive is the most interesting one that I have ever experienced.

 

What do you think about my Top 10 list? What worlds would be in your list? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. I’d love to see what worlds everyone wants to live in.

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