In many novels, there are some literary characters you love, some you love to hate, and some you wish could be your best friend. Maybe you picture yourself sipping a cup of Rooibos tea with No. 1 detective Mma Precious Ramotswe while discussing the facts of her latest case. Or perhaps you’d rather set off on a daring adventure with Samwise Gamgee at your side (after elevenses, of course). At Writer’s Relief, we know there’s always one story character who’s closest to our hearts—the one we would consider our BFF, our wingman (or wingwoman), the other pea in our pod. So who is it—which literary character would you be willing to fight a shark for?
Quiz: Find Out Which Literary Character You Would Fight A Shark For
A perfect indoor night with your friend involves…
- Chatting on the phone
- Playing with your pets
- Watching movies or TV
- Reading a book
When outdoors, the two of you spend time…
- Snowball fighting
- Having a barbecue
- Raking leaves
Your ideal friend trait is…
A dealbreaker for a friend is…
- Never responds to texts
When you’re going through a tough time, your friend will…
- Make you laugh
- Bring you takeout
- Reassure you of your awesomeness
- Offer a shoulder to cry on
- Try to fix whatever’s upsetting you
Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) – If you’re the kind of person who attends parties but doesn’t necessarily want to, it’s important to have a friend with whom you can hang back and be a wallflower. Enter Jane Austen’s enduring heroine, Lizzie Bennet! Even if she’s a bit prideful at times, she is a blast whether you’re discussing books in depth or gossiping about the local cattle farmer and the clergyman’s daughter…
Holden Caufield (The Catcher in the Rye) – Holden’s not the happiest person in the world. In fact, he thinks most people are phonies. But you can always rely on him to be honest when it counts. Once you get past his tough exterior, he’s sharply observant and intelligent, great traits to have in a friend!
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) – Bold, adventurous, and wildly imaginative, Anne Shirley is the best partner for epic adventures. She’s the type of friend who can take an ordinary, mundane situation and turn it into the most extraordinary day. Even if she has her head in the clouds a good amount of the time, you will never be bored around Anne Shirley.
Mariam (A Thousand Splendid Suns) – Mariam is that friend who has been through it all—between being abandoned by her father, losing her mother, and entering into an abusive marriage, she has developed a tough exterior. But pull away the surface, and you’ll find a woman whose loyalty and resilience are unending. A perfect shoulder to cry on, she will go to the ends of the earth for the ones she loves.
Nick Young (Crazy Rich Asians) – Nick may be Singapore’s most eligible bachelor and the heir to an immense fortune, but he’s down to earth, loyal, and never pretentious. He could be jet-setting around the world, but he’d rather be hanging out streaming the latest shows or eating budget noodles. Well-educated, Nick can also participate in great discussions about art and literature.
Question: Which literary character would you fight a shark for? Let us know in the comments!