Everyone who has ever held a book in their hands has been interrupted by someone craning their neck at an alarming angle so as to read the cover title, and yet they continue to ask what it is you’re reading. You may be gracious enough to respond with the title that they’ve just read with their own eyes, or you may pull a Hamlet and cheekily reply ‘Words, words, words.’ Whatever the case may be, everyone loves a good book, including some of our favourite characters themselves.
Jo March from Little Women
“I like good strong words that mean something.”
When Jo’s not voicing her opinion at every opportunity or burning her dresses, she can often be found reading. If Jo March has one soft spot, it’s her love of literature…and making snarky comments, but the two usually come as a package deal.
Donna Meagle from Parks and Recreation
“Oh, I love any books about vampires, werewolves, monsters, zombies, sorcerers, beasties, or time-traveling romances.”
Donna is saying what we’re all afraid to admit. Stories about vampires and werewolves are guilty pleasures that most of us will never acknowledge having read under any circumstances. Better brush up on your Twilight knowledge because Donna will drop sparkly-vampire facts like nobody’s business.
Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
“Are you sure that’s a real spell?” said the girl. “Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course.”
When in doubt, ask Hermione Granger. When not in doubt, you might as well ask her anyway because it’s guaranteed that she’s read at least five books on the subject in question and memorized each and every one upon first glance.
Jess Mariano from Gilmore Girls
“I just wanted to put some notes in the margins for you.”
Teenage rebellion is strong with this one, as is a love of reading. While Rory usually steals the bookworm title in Gilmore Girls, let’s not forget that Jess is a chronic book thief. While not just anyone would be allowed to steal our books and write in them without permission, Jess has the go ahead.
Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones
“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow.”
If you needed any incentive to keep reading, here it is. While society today might frown upon you wielding a sword in public, they won’t think twice at you brandishing a book. You’ll still be the most powerful person in the room, that is, just as soon as you finish the chapter.
Sawyer from Lost
“Helluva book. It’s about bunnies.”
What do you do when you crash on an island with people who want you dead and have virtually no hope of rescue? That’s right, you hoard all the books you can find, plop down on the beach, and read. That way, you can quote lines anytime you’re forced to speak to the others and come across as quite well-read.
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Listen, I know that Miss Bingley was the one who said the quote from above, but Lizzie reads far more than she talks of her love of reading. However, the sentiment remains the same. I’m sure Lizzie was agreeing with Caroline in her head, not that she would ever admit to such a thing.
Belle from Beauty and the Beast
“Here’s where she meets Prince Charming, but she won’t discover that it’s him till chapter three!”
It’s no secret that Belle loves a good book. She also apparently likes spoilers because she did not hold back when she revealed that the character is actually Prince Charming. For all the people who scoff at Beauty and the Beast for exhibiting Stockholm syndrome, don’t’ tell us you wouldn’t fall in love with someone who gifted you an entire royal library. Self-restraint doesn’t go that far.
Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit
“I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days.”
Bilbo does it all. He faces off against giant spiders, rides barrels down rivers, and travels all across Middle-earth, yet he still finds time to read and write. He does what all of us wish we could, which is exercise superb time management amidst all his adventures and world-saving undertakings.
As always, thank you for reading and be sure to tweet us @AgoraBooksLDN with your favourite book-loving characters!