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5 Beloved Fictional Bookworms in Fiction

Updated on November 7, 2019
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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.

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice

This timeless classic is my all time favorite book. Elizabeth & Darcy's love story is an absolute joy to read.


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“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

© 2019 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      9 days ago from India

      Great to meet a fellow booklover, Dana!

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      Dana Tate 

      10 days ago from LOS ANGELES

      One of my greatest joy's was when I encountered someone at my job who loves to read as much as I do. We're even on the same page about not caring for e-books and how it can never replace the feel or sound of pages being turned by an actual paperback. We are also both obsessed on whether our beloved libraries will survive the ever so popular trend of doing and getting everything online. Fellow bookworms unite!

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      Asad Dillz Khan 

      11 days ago from United Kingdom

      You're Welcome...

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      11 days ago from India

      Thank you, Asad!

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      Asad Dillz Khan 

      12 days ago from United Kingdom

      Very unique and very interesting article. I enjoyed it really. Incredible Job Shaloo...

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      12 days ago from India

      @MG Singh Thank you.

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      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Fascinating article awsy from the normal mileau.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      13 days ago from India

      Thank you Devika! It's really sad how reading is on the decline nowadays.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 days ago from Southern Illinois

      What a great idea for an article! I used to be an avid reader, in fact, I couldn't put a book down, but the computer takes my free time now. I think we can blame Google. lol

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 days ago from The Caribbean

      Quite a unique article on reading and readers. And this itself is a good read. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      13 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Books are the best for me to read from but in this modern day books are not much of a necessity as in the past. I like the selection of books you have here.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      13 days ago from India

      Thank you Bill! Emma Watson is indeed an inspiration. How many young people we see nowadays who are avid readers!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      13 days ago from India

      Thank you Lorna!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      13 days ago from India

      Thank you Prantika!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      13 days ago from India

      Thank you Dina! All these are kind of my personal favorites. Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book and so Elizabeth is one endearing character for me. Matilda is children's book but I also read it a few months back only and absolutely enjoyed it.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      13 days ago from India

      Thank you Dr. Pran.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      13 days ago from Kolkata, India

      An innovative idea and indeed a great read. The topic is quite interesting and engaging.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 

      13 days ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Nice article. It is a different topic to write on.

      I have been reading a lot of fiction since school days but my taste for fictions have been changing with age.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Dina AH 

      2 weeks ago from United States

      What a sweet post! This put a smile on my face. I needed that, so thank you for writing this article. I have not read Northanger Abbey yet, but if Pride and Prejudice is an indicator of my possible love for this novel, I say the chances of me adoring it are really high. Did you have a personal favorite on the list? I know, I know, it's hard to pick one (or two or three). I have different reasons for each one to be my favorite (aside from Matilda, whose story I didn't read ever and Northanger Abbey characters too).

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 weeks ago from India

      Thank you Jodah!

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 weeks ago

      I really enjoyed this article Shaloo which made me appreciate the many bookworms I know. Of course I am one myself. Great read.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 weeks ago from India

      @Eric I guess you are more into spiritual books!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting topic, my friend. I love that Watson was hiding books in public....such a wonderful and playful thing to do. Thanks for sharing that video. Any article about reading is a good article.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Bookworm characters...that's an innovative thinking shaloo. I liked this hub.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 weeks ago from North Central Florida

      Fun read...interesting to read a synopsis of some stories I do adore. Matilda is my favorite...I read to my classes many books over the 42 years that I was a teacher and Matilda was a hit with the kids. thanks for sharing. Angels are headed your way from a foggy morning in Florida. ps

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      This was quite a unique subject for an article but a very enjoyable one. I am sure there are many other bookworms, both male and female, in fiction but this was a good selection. Nice work Shaloo.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I don't normally read these kinds of books. So this was really cool for me. Thanks.


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