I hope you all are having a great weekend! #SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot. This week’s topic asks us about our favorite characters from book series. There are a lot of characters that I love so it was a bit of a challenge to narrow it down to six!
1. SANSA STARK
The amount of hate she gets is not only completely unwarranted and uncalled for, but extremely disheartening and frustrating. People are always so surprised when I tell them she’s my favorite character from Game of Thrones. Sansa is sharp, intelligent, kind, and arguably the character with the most growth in the series.
2. CHAOL WESTFALL
What was done to his character is one of the (many) reasons I not only quit reading the Throne of Glass series, but also refuse to read another book by her. The fact that an author can destroy the characterization of one of the protagonists all for the sake of another ship and to boost affection for a new character is terrible writing. He’s strong, loyal, sweet and was destined for so much more in that series before it was scrapped and tossed out. I’ll always firmly remain on the #ChaolDefenseSquad and nothing will ever change that.
3. JON SNOW
I loved BookJon much more quickly than I did ShowJon. His chapter POVs in A Song of Ice and Fire are one of my favorites to read. Given my penchant for loving brooding, soldier-type characters in other books, it came to no surprise to me that he would become one of my favorites. In the books, Jon has a harder personality and possesses a more questionable sense of honor than in the show and that’s one of the best things about him.
4. FANG RUNIN (RIN)
Rin is one of the best written heroines in fantasy that I’ve read. I love her intensity, her determination, her faults, and her strengths. She has an amazing character arc throughout The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic and her growth is nothing short of marvelous. I absolutely love being in her head as she fights for what she believes and rises to the challenges thrown her way.
5. MALYEN ORETSEV
Another character that gets all kinds of unnecessary hate. I honestly feel at times that the people who hate on Mal read a completely different story. Yes, he has moments of weakness, but he’s human like the rest of us and only a teenage boy. He walked half the length of Ravka to get to Alina. He was loyal to her above all else. He loved her fiercely. He understood who she was, supported her, and never once tried to change her. He fought for her, risked his life for her, SPOILER: literally died for her. Goodness, where can I find a man like him?
6. DARAYAVAHOUSH E-AFSHIN
Oh Dara, you lost soul. Once again, a tormented, brooding warrior has come to claim my heart. He’s my favorite character from The Daevebad Trilogy and I love how morally-complex his character is. Throughout the series, Dara struggles between doing what he knows is right and what he believes he needs to do. However, despite his (many) mistakes, I would still happily lay down my life him. He could kill me a hundred times and I would thank him each time.