I’m sticking with Ashley’s version of prompts for this one, but please go check out Lauren’s and Sarah’s for even more Buffy awesomeness!
Anyway, let’s do this!
Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel – Willow G. Wilson)
I think Buffy’s a bit of a superhero, so I wanted to choose a book character (in this case a comicbook character) that is also a superhero. And I’ve got Kamala Khan on the brain!
She’s badass, but she’s also just a teenager going through normal teenage shenanigans! I think she and Buffy could relate to each other a lot!
Serafina Pekkala (His Dark Materials Series – Philip Pullman)
I always thought Serafina was a badass, but then again, I think Pullman’s representation of witches in his series is pretty awesome.
Serafina becomes Queen of the witches of the Lake Enara clan, which is pretty awesome, and she’s the kind of witch who will help out others, like our girl Willow!
Ron Weasley (The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling)
I think Ron and Xander have a lot in common. Both are characters that mean well, but are often really only a source of humor and levity, rather than help.
Though I will give them both props for their loyalty and sense of duty to their friends.
Elinor Dashwood (Sense & Sensibility – Jane Austen)
I’ve always thought that Elinor is more of a mother than the actual Mrs. Dashwood. Not only does she pretty much run her family’s household, but she’s a font of advice and care for her two sisters, Marianne and Margaret.
She’s kind, patient, and self-less, and often puts her family before herself and looks out for their best interests. She’s definitely a parental figure if I’ve ever seen one!
Addie & Meryl (The Two Princesses of Bamarre – Gail Carson Levine)
I have to be upfront and say that I do not like Dawn at all. I hate the seasons she is in and I’m just not a fan. That being said, I still wanted to include an awesome sibling relationship that I actually do think is good and that’s Addie and Meryl, hands down. Meryl is the “brave” one, but when she gets sick, Addie faces her cowardice and goes on a quest to find a cure.
Not only do both sisters love each other unfailingly, but they also make sacrifices for each other and support each other. They’re just great and I love them.
Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause
I’ve mentioned this book before on my blog, but I love it. It’s my favorite book with werewolves. I think the pack dynamic is so, so good in this book, and I love each each of the members for different reasons.
I also think Vivian is a really awesome character. She’s a teen, she makes mistakes, but she fights for her pack and makes the right choices. I think she’s got a lot of heart, just like my man Oz!!!
Khai Diep (The Bride Test – Helen Hoang)
I know the direction this prompt is going – Cordelia starts out as more of a villainous character (I mean, she’s a mean girl, a villain of high school proportions) but slowly becomes more understanding and kind. But for this prompt, I’m choosing a character who grows emotionally – Khai is on the autism spectrum and because of this he thinks that he’s unable to love.
But over the course of the book, slowly he learns that this isn’t true and that he has a great capacity not only to love, but to experience life more fully.
Jon Snow (Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin)
I was thinking and thinking about what character to pick for this prompt, but then it hit me! Jon Snow, of “You know nothing” fame! Jon Snow is such a broody character. Most of his time is spent pondering the dismal lot he’s drawn, and he’s not wrong, it’s pretty darn sad, but he doesn’t find much time for happiness outside of all this brooding.
Like our man Angel, he’s all about the tortured life of a good guy who sometimes has to do bad things.
Prince Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
I’m taking a cop out here a little bit in that I’m choosing Prince Zuko, who’s originally brought to life in a television format (not a book), but there are now comics that continue the story (by the amazing Gene Luen Yang).
But I just couldn’t think of a good enough redemption arc outside of Zuko, who has the ultimate redemption arc, really (besides Spike!). He’s the villain, but then he grows as a person and soon he’s an actual hero. He’s the best.
Simon & Blue (Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
I’m gonna be honest: I really, really don’t like Tara. I think she’s a really boring character and I really didn’t like her and Willow together. I also would like to say that I think Willow is Bi, not Lesbian. But that’s my opinion. I think there needs to be more recognition of Bi characters in the LGBTQIA universe and Buffy came out at a time where I feel Bi was not considered a “real” option.
But my choice for this prompt is Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! This book was fun and I really liked Simon – he means well, he’s just trying to be himself and get through high school. It’s a sweet romance, but lots of humor, which I love.
Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo)
I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan of Kaz at first. I think he was just too much of a smarmy, know-it-all guy. I’m also not a big fan of “tortured-past” storylines, but Kaz eventually grew on me.
By the end of Crooked Kingdom, I definitely liked him (though I hate that book and it is dead to me). He’s definitely the kind of character that just takes a while for me to see good in rather than just the bad.
Long John Silver (Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson)
This is one of my favorite books – adventure, pirates, and questionable characters! Long John Silver is just one of those morally gray characters. Is he bad? Is he good? Mostly, he makes his decisions based on what’s good for him, but sometimes that means making morally good decisions.
But you can never tell who’s side he’s on, since he’s mostly just on his own side. I really love it. I’m not a big Faith fan, but when she’s fighting the good fight, she’s pretty cool.
Thoughts & Thanks
Well, this was a lot of fun! I’m a huge Buffy fan and I hope you enjoyed this tag – if you did, then please, please participate! I’d love to see your answers.
If you’re a fan, too, let’s chat in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading this post and, as always, happy reading!