The characters in my graphic novel (comic book, whatever you want to call it) have almost completed their personality tests. Myers Briggs may come in handy after all! As I developed the heroines and heroes of the story, I remembered how intimate the relationship between the readers and the characters become.
My favorite story of all time is, of course, the Harry Potter series. I’m not ashamed of that in any way. Its raging plot twists and its fictional world of magic drew me in, but most of all, the characters wooed me into exciting, imaginary friendships. They became just as human as I, pulling me into a dialogue about life’s struggles and victories, where we shared secrets, laughs, and tears.
Whenever Hermione Granger appeared in the storyline; I subconsciously placed myself in her shoes, and role-played as her in my mind. She and I shared a close bond. Her bookish, know-it-all demeanor combined with her defining physical attributes–buckteeth, bushy hair, and brown eyes—felt like a description of me at the age of eleven. The fact that she stuck it out with two male friends completed my connection to her, because to me, it showed she wasn’t a girly-girl. She was tough, not the prettiest, and extremely intelligent. I either saw myself in her character or deeply wished to be more like her. Some people expected me to identify more with Cho Chang, the gorgeous AND intelligent Chinese-European girl. Though ethnicity plays a part in reader-to-character relationships, it may or may not be the determining factor. Hermione’s nerdy but heroic personality felt more relatable to me as opposed to the popular beauty named Cho. She (Hermione) experienced typical pubescent pre-teen girl problems despite the fact she lived in a magical world. And like many kids, she suffered bullying for something she couldn’t control—her identity, her blood, and her birth as a muggle-born witch aka a “Mudblood”. Team Hermione Granger!
My question to you:
When you pick up a story (fiction, non-fiction, comic, cartoon, movie, etc), what kind of character or type of personality do you identify the most with? It can be set of strengths, weaknesses, or you can get creative with it. Share your reasons in as much detail as possible.