Last year, a friend of ours created a tag wherein she described herself in five literary characters (unfortunately her blog is no longer live). We loved the idea but found it difficult (and a little odd) to describe ourselves in that way. But then we came up with the idea to describe each other as friends and co-bloggers instead. Albeit presenting quite a challenge, describing and characterising each other was heaps of fun and strengthened our friendship, too. We each picked 5 literary characters for the characterisation, the condition being that these characters shared one or more significant personality trait(s) with the co-blogger. Below, you will find the character compared to the person, which book the character appears in, and a comparison of characteristics. We hope you have as much fun reading this – while slowly getting to know us better through the lenses of our significant others – as we had creating this post! 🙂
Chantal Characterised In 5 Book Characters
➽ Kimberly Chang | Girl in Translation
Education is one of the main themes of this contemporary, and Kimberly is portrayed as a character who strives for knowledge and achievement. I see a lot of Kimberly in my lovely co-blogger and immediately associated Kimberly’s ambition with Chantal, as both of them are hard-working, determined, and ambitious. Career goals are important to them and the determination with which they pursue them is admirable. Furthermore, both Kimberly and Chantal have experienced the challenges of migrating to a foreign country, in which they’ve had to adapt and find a comfort zone to fit into, which requires a lot of patience and strength. Chantal’s courage to move across the continent for her dream studies is something I admire a lot.
➽ Lila Bard | A Darker Shade of Magic
If you know anything about Chantal, I’m sure you’re surprised by Lila Bard being on the list. Lila is a rude, snarky, self-centred thief with an attitude, and Chantal isn’t any of those things. And yet, they have something in common. Lila does not like being dependent on other people and prefers being in control of situations herself, which is the reason she sometimes feels like she must do things on her own – and so does Chantal. Unlike Lila, Chantal works well in teams, but she likes having the overview nonetheless. In that sense, the Lila from A Conjuring of Light – the one that has learned that it’s alright to rely on people, too – is much closer to Chantal in spirit than the Lila we meet at the beginning of the Darker Shade of Magic series.
➽ Iseult Det Medenzi | Truthwitch
If there is a pair of fictional gal pals that not only captures the essence of our friendship but our characteristics as individuals, it’s probably Safiya and Iseult (granted, there’s a hidden characterisation of myself in this passage, too, but shhh). Of the two witches, Iseult is the reasonably calm and level-headed one, whereas Safiya the one with a feisty temper and a dirty mouth. It’s like a thunderstorm has become friends with a tranquil sea, and they are each other’s balance. Like Iseult, Chantal is calm on the surface, level-headed, and rational, and honestly, I’ve rarely heard her utter a swear word. This does not mean, though, that she does not have a temper, but she’ll choose to express her temper on specific occasions. Mostly, the storm is hidden behind a quiet, calm surface, which can sometimes be the better hand than showing all of your cards.
➽ Gauri | A Crown of Wishes
At first, the similarities between Gauri and Chantal weren’t apparent to me. Gauri and Chantal connect on the most superificial and deepest levels possible, whereas all the bits in the middle are completely different. Gauri is skilled with her make-up, mostly because she believes in the magic of impression and values it as a form of armour, and I’m positive it holds a similar value in Chantal’s life (my make-up basically gets an inferiority complex around hers if that clarifies anything). However, the aspect that really connects the Princess of Bharata and the Blogger of Every Word A Doorway is control. Gauri’s desire is to be in control of herself, in control of the control others have over her, and in control of her own destiny, whereas one of her deepest fears is the loss of it. Chantal is the epitome of control, which has impacted her in both positive and negative ways. Her ability to control her body, for example, is what allows her to present something in front of the entire class without her voice faltering or to put on a poker face. Control in all of its facets is like a subtle, underlying current in both of these women’s characterisations, and though it can be a weakness, Chantal has become skilled in using it as a weapon.
➽ Millie | Mafiosa
I wasn’t fond of Millie in the first book but soon came to value her as a fiercely loyal character who stood by her best friend in the darkest of times. You’re going to think that’s nothing outstanding, I know, but it gets better. There’s a reason I listed the final instalment as her story of origin, not the first book. At the beginning, it seemed like Millie was introduced to play along in the main character’s lunatic, bound-to-fail plans (and fail epically they did). It eventually became clear, though, that the strength in Millie’s personality and her friendship with the main character didn’t lie in her willingness to play along, but in her ability to pull the breaks when necessary. A true friend is a person who doesn’t hesitate to point out the flaws in your plans or to tell you when you’re overreacting or to simply express an opinion you might not want to hear at first. Meet Chantal, everyone – a true friend. A best friend. ❤
Ok, it got a little sappy there for a minute.
Nina Characterised In 5 Book Characters
➽ Elisa | The Girl of Fire and Thorns
I have said multiple times that Elisa is one of my favourite fictional characters so it really shouldn’t be a surprise that I associate her with Nina who is one of my favourite people in general. What stands out so much about Elisa is the utter depth of her kindness. She cares so much about other people, is incredibly loyal and brave and those are all characteristics that I see in Nina as well. Elisa will sit and listen to the problems of her friends and try to walk in other people’s shoes. Nina is hands down the best listener I have ever encountered: she has so much empathy and that inane ability to see things from other people’s perspective. I’m not sure if part of that comes from her psychology studies or if she studies psychology because of it, but in any case, I can’t imagine a better field for her.
➽ Nina Zenik | Six of Crows
Before you all roll your eyes at me, no, I didn’t choose Nina because of her name (in fact, it’s going to make writing this paragraph much harder). Nina is such a strong, unapologetic female character with a kind heart but who can shield herself off when she has too. She’s hilariously sassy and confident in herself, without ever coming across as arrogant. She’s always fully herself and never compromises her essence to accommodate others. My dear co-blogger is the same. You can tell she is comfortable with who she is despite having her own little insecurities (as we all do) and would never change herself for another person. She is incredibly witty and intelligent and always has something to interesting to say, even in difficult situations.
➽ Amani | Rebel of the Sands
Rebel of the Sands starts off with a shooting scene where Amani proves that she is the best all the men around her. That girl is literally a spitfire. She has a bit of a dirty mouth and sometimes there are moments where it would have been better for her to be quiet, but she isn’t because she will always stand up for what’s right. Nina is the same. Sometimes I will advise her “maybe don’t say this to x person, they might take the wrong way” (as you can see I’m the kind of person who will avoid confrontation at all costs) but Nina will be like “no, if I was in that situation, I would want someone to tell me”. And of course she’s right, but it needs a certain kind of courage to always say what you think and stand up for the right thing to do. And that’s a quality I admire both in Amani and Nina.
➽ Zuzana | Daughter of Smoke and Bone
I can’t imagine anyone reading this trilogy and not wishing they’d have a best friend like Zuzana. Well, I’m in the enviable position to actually have a best friend who is a bit like her some (many) ways. On the surface, the similarity between Zuzana and Nina isn’t immediately obvious : Zuzana is kind of strange, does some weird things and has seriously wacky interests, all of which aren’t things I associate with Nina. However, they are both the absolutely most loyal friends imaginable, Zuzana pretty much goes to the end of the earth in the second book to help Karou and I know that Nina would do the same for any of her friends. They are also both pretty tiny human beings with a big mouth that prove that physical size means nothing when it comes to size of personality and inner strength. They are also both hilariously sarcastic.
➽ Cadence | We Were Liars
For those who have read the book, you might think that my comparison with Cadence is an offence to Nina, but hear me out. Cadence is troubled by headaches and memory loss and is seen by many as being a more typically weak female character. However, I would disagree. In her own way, Cadence is incredibly strong. She has to come to terms with some difficult things that have happened in her life and sometimes her past overwhelms her, but she always finds the resilience within herself to stand back up and keep on moving. Nina is one of the mentally strongest people I know. She is someone who has the tendency to shoulder other people’s burdens for them even if it means that a day that already been hard for her becomes even more difficult to handle. Though I sometimes wish this wouldn’t be the case (because I hate seeing her suffer), it also leaves me in a bit of awe. Nina’s ability to get back up when she’s knocked down and continue fighting no matter what is truly impressive and it’s part of what makes her such an amazing friend. ❤️
How would you characterise yourself or your co-blogger(s) in literary characters? If you thought this was a fun idea, let us know about your characterisation(s) in the comments or feel free to create your own post in response to this tag. We’d love to hear from you!