Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Diverse Characters

Happy Wednesday everyone! How are you holding up this week? It’s extraordinarily hot this time of the year here in the place from where I hail. It’s supposed to be rainy but why is the sun so high up and mighty on its position?! But instead of beating myself to stress with this sweltering weather, let’s just head to a T5W post!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey. You can find the topics and the Goodreads page of the book meme here. Today’s topic is favorite diverse characters. This appears to be kinda vague for me so I’m coming up with my own exposition. I’ll talk about those whose characterization often diverts from what’s usual in many novels.

1. Eleanor and Park (Eleanor and park by rainbow rowell)

Eleanor was big and Park was skinny. Clearly, they’re not the most beautiful creatures ever created in fiction land. But who says the flawed don’t deserve the limelight? Most novels entertainment materials focus on highlighting characters that are too quintessential to be real. Characters like Eleanor and Park are what we need to remind us that ordinary or not, everyone has a chance for luck, love, disasters, or whatever.

2. Libby Day (Dark places by gillian flynn)

Strong, willful, and stubborn female characters, that’s what contemporary writers dream to create. But wait, women can be dark and despicable, kleptomaniac and conceited too. Not your ideal girl? Yes, women don’t live to bow to the expectations of society and that’s exactly who Libby Day is.

3. Jacob Hunt (House Rules by Jodi Picoult)

Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition belonging in the Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is extremely obsessed with having things in order, has a great bank of memory and intellect and an absolute dislike for the color orange. And oh, he’s socially incapable too.  People, we need to read books about these mentally- and socially-challenged individuals so the next time we encounter such, we’re not ignorant and insensitive.

4. Solomon Northup (Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup)

First of all, I haven’t read the book yet but the movie was superb. Solomon Northup wrote a memoir about his 12 years of slavery on the hands of Caucasian lords. Prior to that, he was living the American dream and alas got captured and sold as a lackey in Louisiana. Solomon Northup is a classic example that underwent prejudicial treatment and physical abuse. His experience is a call for enlightenment to this act of felony and fair consideration to all ethnicities.

5. Alec Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Alec Lightwood is a gay shadowhunter. Despite bearing a prominent family name, he chose to be what he ought to be. It’s refreshing to find more and more books with leads belonging to the LGBTQ community. We’re living in a contemporary era and yet the struggle for gender stratification and sexual discrimination is still miles away from the brink of extinction.

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  1. I love Alec as a part of this list! Great choices! It’s nice that more books are starting to showcase or at least include more diverse characters, it’s a step in the right direction I think.


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