Top 5 Fictional Characters I Learnt From

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It is Teacher’s Day here in India! Commemorating that is today’s post on what I learnt from fictional characters… 

5. Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock

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What I learnt:

Okay, this one is quite superficial, but *shrugs* learning is learning!

  • How to deduce people

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  • How to survive when shot in a non-fatal area

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  • How to use clever insults!

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4. Isabella “Bella” Swan  from The Twilight Saga

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Before you all click “Unfollow” and run away, I’d like to add this – she taught me what NOT to be.

What I learnt:

  • To not be as selfish, stupid, petty and (insert choicest negative traits here) as her.

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  • She is engaged to the man of her dreams, and the only thing she does is whine about how he is sooo over-indulgent and caring towards her (and how annoying that is). Gee, Bella. I feel so sorry for you.

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  • Fine, she chooses Edward over Jacob. That means that she should let go of Jacob, so that he can find someone for himself. But oh no, Bella has the cake, eats the cake, and takes the cakes of others as well.

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3. Anne Shirley from Anne Of Green Gables

Ah, finally, a sensible heroine 🙂

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What I learnt: 

Anne taught me that it is okay to be wildly imaginative and trusting, always hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. She actually made me feel normal and accepted at a time where everybody was calling me ‘weird’ and ‘freaky’ for being dreamy:

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hopeful:

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and just a *teensy* bit dramatic:

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2. Anthony Howard “Tony” Stark from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

This might come as a surprise to most of you (considering the events of Age of Ultron and Civil War) but Tony continues to be my first crush and all-time favorite superhero.

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What I learnt:

Tony inspired me to dare to aim high, to not be afraid of failure, to be wild, impulsive and just plain arrogant and awesome. Be gutsy, be brave, and be proud. Considering that I have a tendency to hesitate before doing anything, Tony taught me this:

 

 

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  1. Remus John Lupin from Harry Potter

This must come as no surprise, since I’m always talking about how my love for Remus Lupin, Werewolf Extraordinaire, is an eternal and undying flame kindled in my heart…Apart from the little things about him that makes me go “Awww,” here’s what I learnt from him.

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What I learnt:

Your life may be screwed up as hell, but I have no rights whatsoever to take it out on others. Lupin’s kind and non-judgmental attitude towards everyone did wonders to my hard little heart. The way he treated others shows the strength of will he must have had, battling a terrible condition, but trying to not let it show. Wise indeed.

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Granted, he had his moments of crippling inferiority which an insensitive soul may call ‘weakness’.  But I believe that he realized the gravity of his action only after Tonks became pregnant, so I don’t  particularly blame him for that, because all of us have experienced the “What have I done?” feeling before.

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It does take a lot of courage to fight for the future even when it means certain death. And I deeply revere Remus for that.

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Oh, and just ignore me choking here, It is just those damn onion-cutting ninjas.

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But ending on a happy note (read: HP better than Twilight!!!)

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Wanna argue with me about one of my nominees? Or just want to share the lessons you learnt from fiction? Feel free to share them below!

 

 

 

 

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#4 Top Ten Tuesday…

…Or #9 Witty Wednesday.

Yeah, I’m a bit late. Was busy celebrating the Tamil New Year yesterday. Happy New Year to all Tamilians out there!

Yesterday’s prompt wanted us to list top ten quotes from books that inspire us, challenge us, or make us think differently. As my Witty Wednesday followers know, I LOVE QUOTES! So, I’m clubbing both of these! Here are my favourites, in no particular order:

10. “When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.”

– Stephenie Meyer from Twilight

I am no Twilight fan, but this quote strikes a chord. There are many, many times I’ve woken up from a dream, crying because it’s over. Yes, I’m interpreting it literally, as Twilight rightfully deserves.

9. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

– Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Grey

This book is fabulous, and so is this quote.

8. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

I honestly had a tough time selecting my favourite HP quote. Unable to decide, so I just put this one up.

7. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott from Little Woman

And our ships shall sail through thick and thin.

6. “We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self denial, anxiety and discouragement.”

– Lucy Maud Montgomery from Anne of the Island

Self-explanatory.

5.  “Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face.”

– Rick Riordan from Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

I just hate deadlines. They seem to be far away at first, and in a blink of the eye, they will be staring at you. Well put, Uncle Rick.

4. “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”

– Suzanne Collins from Catching Fire

This is SO sweet! I wish the same many, many times a day. Eternity with someone whom you love, doing something you love, in a place which you love? Hard to put down this offer.

3.  “At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world about me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.”

– Herbert George Wells from The War of The Worlds

This happens to me a lot. I catch myself thinking in the third person and find it an extremely rewarding experience. How else could I see the smallness of my problems in this enormous world? How else could I realise my worthlessness in the big, bad world?

2. “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

– Veronica Roth from Divergent

I just love the truth of her words.

1. A voice within me is sobbing, “You see that’s what’s become of you. You’re surrounded by negative opinions, dismayed looks and mocking faces, people who dislike you, and all because you don’t listen to the advice of your own better half.” Believe me, I’d like to listen, but it doesn’t work, because if I’m quiet and serious, everyone thinks I’m putting on a new act and I have to save myself with a joke, and then I’m not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be sick, stuff me with aspirins and setatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can’t keep it up anymore, because when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, an finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if . . . if only there were no other people in the world.”

– Anne Frank from The Diary of a Young Girl

This ‘quote’ is huge and magnificent, straight from the heart. If only there were no other people in the world…

Do you agree with any of these quotes? What are your favourite quotes from books?

#1 Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, I discovered this awesome meme all thanks to Nut Free Nerd and Bloggiesta!

Today’s prompt are the top ten books from my childhood that I’d love to revisit. Thankfully, I’ve many such books that have left a lasting impression on me.

10. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas – Though it is considered a pretty boyish book, I loved it.

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – A simple story of the trials and tribulations of four sisters, this series had me crying and laughing in turns.

8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – This book was a huge part of my middle-school days, and I’d love to read it again.

7. Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie – This is the first Christie I ever read, and had me completely enthralled by Hercule Poirot.

6. Thomasina by Paul Gallico – Absolutely magical story of a cat with three lives.

5. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Classic. That one word describes everything about this series.

4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I started believing in Magic only when I read this book. Must read for everyone!

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Who doesn’t like this series? An integral  part of everyone’s childhood!

2. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – This series is racy, pacy, thrilling, chilling, and whatever other adjectives you’d use to describe a YA book.

1. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – The magical feeling this series gives is unmatched by anything else I’ve read so far!