Friday Favorites - Inspiring Characters
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Friday Favorites - Inspiring Characters

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for another Friday Favorites post! Today’s prompt from Something of the Book's blog is Favorite inspiring Characters. There are a lot of inspiring characters in books, and here are some of the ones that I found most inspiring:


Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Hermione starts off as a bossy know-it-all, but settles in as an integral part of the series. She’s smart, brave, and fiercely loyal. Even though she faces discrimination due to being born to Muggle parents, she’s a really powerful witch in the series and always sticks up for her friends. It’s really hard NOT to like Hermione, especially when she goes to bat for weaker kids. She never backs down from a challenge, no matter the odds.

Feyre Archeron from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

It’s no secret that Feyre is a character that I find inspiring. She’s probably the most inspiring character on this list. I’ve gotten through more books in the series now, and with each book, she’s gotten more inspiring. She’s strong and smart, and always sticks up for others, even if it puts her in danger. Which it usually does. She’s willing to stand up to some of the scariest creatures in Prythian to protect her friends, family, and even complete strangers.


Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is another inspiring character, putting other’s needs before her own on a consistent basis. Right from the start, she volunteers as a tribute in her sister’s place. Rather than following the rules, she manages to defy them and inadvertently starts a rebellion. Her life is in danger as a result, but she doesn’t give in to the powers that be. She joins the rebellion instead. It’s been a while since I’ve read these books, and a new book is coming out next year … I’m definitely due for a re-read of this series soon.


Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Daenerys spent her entire life on the run from those who would harm her, and her sole focus is to take back the throne that is rightfully hers. She’s smart, kind, and brave – a great combination in a ruler. She happens to also be the mother of dragons, and a seriously badass character as well. She’s one of my favorite characters in the books, especially since she takes in and protects all the slaves, women, and children she encounters, and shows no mercy to the people in charge.


Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

When the books start, Arya was 9. While she was expected to wear dresses and do things like a proper lady, she never fit into that box. She was more of a tomboy, and wound up being one of the most badass characters in the series, even at her young age. I always loved Arya’s character. She’s loyal to the people she cares about, ruthless to those who are cruel to innocent people, and relentless in her pursuit of revenge against those who have harmed her loved ones.

I honestly didn't plan for my inspiring characters to all be women, but it's kind of cool how strong women seem to be a trend in books lately. Who are your favorite inspiring characters?

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