5 Beloved Fictional Bookworms in Fiction
It is true that bookworms love people who adore reading as much as they do. The same goes for fictional characters who are fellow bookworms. I love nerdy fictional characters and its so good to see how books help them just as they help us. There are many such fictional bookworms and here is a list of my favourites!
"She was dashing back, an enormous old book in her arms.
'I never thought to look in here!' she whispered excitedly. 'I got this out of the library weeks ago for a bit of light reading.'
'Light?' said Ron."
1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
Hermione wasn’t born into a magical family and was often ridiculed for being a muggle but she was more knowledgeable than 99% of her class and the credit goes to her reading habit. She was often mocked for being a bookworm but it was her reading habit that saved harry and Ron so many times. It was Hermione’s research that revealed who Nicholas Flamel was, that Remus was a werewolf, that it was a basilisk haunting the pipes and so much more. Even at the end of series when they go hunting for horcruxes, Hermione doesn’t forget to pack piles of books in her tiny bag. Her simple mantra was- “When in doubt, go to the library.”
"So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."
2. Matilda Wormwood from Matilda
Matilda is a famous children’s book by Roald Dahl novel. The central character of the book is Matilda Wormwood who is a neglected kid with absolutely horrible parents. Matilda’s life takes a turn for the better when she discovers the magic of the library. She’s well ahead of her peers when it comes to reading. She has read all the grown up books that even the grownups haven’t read. Though the librarian and her teacher love Matilda, her own family doesn’t appreciate her reading or learning. Matilda is the ultimate inspiration for young readers and is undoubtedly to be one of the most beloved bookworms in literature.
"'Miss Eliza Bennet,' said Miss Bingley, 'despises cards. She is a great reader, and has no pleasure in anything else.'"
3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
The most famous Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennet never wastes her time in the frivolous activities expected of women during her time. Instead she chooses to fill her life with books and her mind with knowledge. This doesn’t help her in her marriage prospects (much to her mother’s despair). But Elizabeth doesn’t want a marriage of convenience for economic security. She seeks an authentic life with someone she loved. She stands apart from her social circle and environment, and her uniqueness is attributed, in part, to her love for literature.
This timeless classic is my all time favorite book. Elizabeth & Darcy's love story is an absolute joy to read.
Who is your favorite fictional character out of these?
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
4. Hazel Grace from The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel Grace is a terminally ill young girl and her life mostly consists of hospital appointments and medical treatments. Then she meets Augustus at a support group meeting and sparks fly. The pair exchanges their favourite novels. To some extent, it’s their love of reading that brings both of them together. Hazel’s last wish is to meet her favourite author, the author of the book she gave to Augustus. Augustus tracks the author and takes Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author.
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
5. Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey
Catherine reads far too many Gothic novels. Her reading of Gothic literature only fuels her overactive imagination and leads her to dream up all sorts of skeletons in people's closets. She often misinterprets much of the social world she encounters and turns to Gothic fantasy to explain her sense of unease, only to be embarrassed and humiliated when her imaginings of a gruesome murder are laid bare.
Do you have any favourite bookworm characters? Tell me in the comments below!
Emma Watson is hiding books on London trains
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