Every reader knows there is no bigger joy than to immerse oneself in the pages of a good book and forget the world around. Many of us use it as a way to escape the world around us, and many others use it as a helping hand to guide us through life. Here are a few fictional characters from our favourite books who share our love for reading:
An underappreciated genius born to a family that doesn’t understand her, Matilda is one of the most lovable bookworms in the literary world. She does not relate to anybody around her, and so takes to reading to fill up her lonely hours. This works well for her as she becomes far more intelligent and learned than her peers. In the book, she is seen reading a range of classic authors like Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte and every Earnest Hemingway. Matilda is the perfect example for children to see how wonderful it is to let go of worldly worries and find solace in books.
Here is another character who escapes the harsh reality by reading. Sara receives unfairly cruel treatment at Mrs Minchin’s Boarding School for Girls but Sara uses her imagination and the magic of storytelling to keep her spirits up. The story of Sara Crewe is inspirational and uplifting. Not only does it show us that stories are a beautiful way to find strength and courage, but also that every adversity has an opportunity hidden in it.
This very popular character from the Harry Potter series has us believe in the importance of books even in the most adverse conditions. Hermoine’s relation with books is different from that of the other characters we have seen so far. She is not a helpless misunderstood girl who escapes into books for sanctuary. On the contrary, she uses the strength of knowledge to carve a niche for herself that makes her indispensable. Hermione is a strong, influential and intelligent character who shows us that reading books can make us powerful and strong.
Much like Hermione, Klaus takes the help of books to overcome each and every obstacle he faces. Klaus looks to books for answers, much like children look to their textbooks before exams. Children would read the character of Klaus as an inspiration to read books to get information about things they want to know. Reading about how Klaus finds clues in books to solve problems, turns the entire exercise of reading into an adventurous journey that every child will aspire to.
It is rare to see the female character in a fairy tale with a book. But Belle is an exception. She is often seen with a book. Like Matilda and Sara, books are a way to escape reality. But she also understands that there is a world beyond her little village because she is so well-read.
Jo is the loudest, most boisterous among the March sisters, but she is also the most well-read. Jo’s character enjoys books for the art of story-telling. She is inspired by books and thus becomes a writer herself in the latter part of the book.