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In which Mitchii debunks this assumption about her favorite characters!
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Yep, I’m not. I’m baffled when people assumed that you are what you read. I know I was very vocal on how Takemoto (of Honey & Clover by Umino Chika) echoed my situation back then. Lost, confused and afraid of the unknown—future. We had similar situation but still we weren’t the same. I’ve read several reviews, which mostly are negative reviews of the series I liked, presumed that because I liked this detestable character, I am or or inclined to like RL person (this is stated in a general way btw not personal attack but those who liked it). I find that notion really presumptuous.

I enjoyed a good, well-developed villain. Sometimes I liked the villain better than the protagonist. That being said I do not aspire to be what my favorite character is, generally speaking. When I read I’m well aware of the story being just that—a story. I know there are stories that can transcend and touch lives in more ways. And I do appreciate a good slice of life stories—ones that occasionally even led me to tears. But my appreciation has a limiter; that just because I enjoyed it does not mean I will apply it in my life. As a reader I set discretions; it is why I have books that I want to read and those I clearly will not. The real world is different from fiction world I read & watch. And believe me I read and watched A FREAKING LOT ALREADY!

We shouldn’t blame ourselves for bad things that happened to us. Sometimes, no matter what we do, we are victims of the circumstances. We should just have to pull ourselves out. — Kenshim Himura (Rurouni Kenshin) *

I remember back when I was 12 years old. I was already watching anime as violent as Rurouni Kenshin. Even my late father commented how violent it was. But I just shrugged and continued watching. I even watched more violent series than Kenshin and I don’t think my moral compass has broken because I read/watched genres like these. As I mentioned I don’t like being judged of what I read & suggests baseless idea of how I’ll behave based on literary piece that I consumed! That’s not me!

What is wrong is the power to be able to kill people? I feel pity for one who has come to possess such power. Happiness or peace on someone else’s death is not true happiness. — Soichiro Yagami (Death Note) *

Yes, I love to drown myself in stories but just because I liked anti-hero character like Light Yagami of Death Note doesn’t mean I share the same principles. If anything else I opposed it but that doesn’t mean he’s not a great character. He was one of the most interesting character developments I ever had the pleasure of both reading & watching: from stellar, honorable student to someone who was obsessed with his ambitions! I appreciate characters but I don’t aspire to be them! Even good, morally speaking characters—while they inspire—I am still who I am! So I really don’t get these assumptions just because I liked a less unorthodox or ethically gray character.

I believe that as a reader I’m free to read anything I want. That said, we are given an ability to think; you don’t just consume something and simply accept it. I, for one, am not that kind of reader, and while I read I also think of many things (as I mentioned several times before my mind is a hive of unorganized thoughts) I don’t presume things are simple black and white, and neither should you. At the end of the day this is just a piece of fiction & realism of it might be just teeny tiny fraction of what real world represents. I’m firm believer that it is still up to me, the reader.

Now let’s stop holding back authors on writing characters that are unconventional. And stop shaming readers who like these characters. Regardless of how similar I am with some character or how much I adore him/her, I can seriously say I’m not them.

How about you, do you also think that your favorite characters represent your personality? Do you like morally gray characters as well? Share you views with me!

2016 / 11 / 06

8 Responses to I’m not my favorite characters.

  1. I do think that some of my favourite characters can represent my personality, but not all of them because I have so many favourites that it can sometimes be difficult to pick which one would represent me best 😅 I do love morally gray characters too because sometimes I like being able to guess what a character’s intentions are, rather than them being just good or just evil. It’s more exciting that way!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I love to understand the characters, pick their quirks or whatnots. Like you, I want to know their intentions, especially with morally gray characters because these types are unsteady, more complex! I also think that it’s really hard to pick a fictional character that represents you best. :D

  2. Tasya says:

    This is really interesting! I do admit that some of the characters’ personality from my favorite books do seeps to my real-life person, but that doesn’t mean that I absorps everything they do and their actions. I prefer villains over heroes, and yet here I am, not a villain, never even get a speeding ticket. I think it’s important to acknowledge that it’s definitely only a fiction. Yes there are some harmful things that is not okay even if it’s in the fiction, but just because we like that problematic character doesn’t mean we fully support them. After all, characters, like us humans, are made more than their actions. They are made from thoughts, reactions, and lifelong experience.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yeah, maybe one way or another some qualities linger or stay with you but yes, it’s ideal to acknowledge that it is only fiction. I think that fact is what grounds us. And humans are undeniably flawed creatures, maybe that’s why it’s easy to empathize that are similar to us. :D As for villains, they’re essentially complex personalities, makes you always wonder, thus gravitate us to these characters. ;D

  3. Alexandra says:

    Omg yes! I wonder how people relate themselves to a character so easily, I can never do that! I do love a character with good development and characterisation though 🙌 Sometimes I do love characters who I can relate with (like Kenma) but the character isn’t me and I’m not the character.
    And Light was amazing but I loved L more 😝

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I can relate but I’m pretty those characters don’t represent me. So I don’t like being lambasted over fictional characters, I’m huge fangirl I find that shallow, weird even. Haha, L is my fave but Light had unstereotypical character development.

  4. Romi says:

    Oh, this is such a great + thought provoking post, Mitchii! I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this, and it actually reminded me of a post I wrote a while back that stemmed from similar thoughts. There’s this character in A Wrinkle in Time who is basically me – we feel the same, act very similarly, and I identify with her completely – and it made me think: when people say they don’t like *her* and I feel so similar to her, does that mean they probably won’t like me? It interested me so much, and is just a discussion I’m so keen on.

    There are definitely characters I indentify with strongly, but some of my favourites share none of the same attributes I do – I still love them, and care about them, and their stories are important to me, but THEY aren’t me. And even the characters who I’m the most similar to, they aren’t entirely me and I’m not entirely them, and I guess I wouldn’t want people to think I was. Because even if I’m so similar to a character, like Meg from A Wrinkle in Time, it doesn’t mean we’re exactly the same because people are so, so incredibly unique and no two people -are- the same.

    Again, great post, Mitchii! I enjoyed this a lot! xx

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m type of consumer who doesn’t like to bleed my RL philosophies, even if it somehow parallels my situation to fiction. I have strong boundaries between fiction and RL, and that’s why I don’t go ballin’ on the realism aspect of the story so fiercely. Yeah, just like you said, it’s not you regardless how similar you are. You are similar not the same. You two still are different—unique entities. ;D

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