☆ jessica (superjesster) wrote in the7days,
☆ jessica

Challenge #12: 7 characters that I identify with

Mulan, Bel Rowley (The Hour), Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter), Severus Snape (Harry Potter), Russell (Up) ♥ ♥ ♥


[reasons - it's past 1AM and this is grossly tldr]
Mulan - I don't exactly fit in with my family's expectations of me, though I try my best to make them proud. I'm stubborn and unsure of myself. Also, growing up, Mulan was probably the only Asian female role model in popular culture that I had (there was also Vicky Zhao's character from the Princess Returning Pearl series, but I'm not even gonna bother finding caps for that lol).

Bel Rowley - I'm only in my first year of college so I don't have a career yet, but I think that, once I do, I'm probably going to be like Bel. Career oriented and unwilling to let relationships and marriage hold me down. I want to be in charge and prove to people that, just because I'm a woman, doesn't mean I'm someone to be fucked with. Also, I'm already like this with my studies - I've never been in a relationship and I'm not willing to be in one, because I don't want it to distract me from my studies and my life.
[regarding the text on this icon, except I got the tense wrong welp]

"What happened with The Hour, […] was basically that I picked up the script and the first line I read was, ‘Bel is sitting at her desk.’ and I was like, well, this is fucking amazing. This part is mine. because how often are you ever introduced to a young female character and she’s sitting behind an actual desk? The main thing I’m interested in is that I don’t want the women I play to be defined by their romantic involvement with the male lead. I want them to have a job. So the fact that Bel having a job is the first thing we know about her was a huge deal for me." - Romola Garai on her role as Bel Rowley

Sansa Stark - I have a lot of dreams - I used to be pretty idealistic and hopeful (and I still kinda am, don't get me wrong), but now I'm also really cynical and usually look at things realistically. I also take every opportunity I can to learn and gather knowledge - usually something that will benefit me and my goals for the future. I have a pretty strong sense of self-preservation but I like to think that I'm also compassionate (or rather, empathetic, because we can't all be perfect like Sansa tbh) to the plights of those around me.

Hermione Granger - ANOTHER CHILDHOOD ROLE MODEL. Back when I was in elementary school, being studious and kinda uptight about school and rules kinda ostracized me a bit - and tbh, I was a really bitchy kid who looked down on kids who weren't as smart as I was (but like Hermione, I've changed, honest!). I'm also really upfront and passionate about certain social issues that either concern me or that I can understand and empathize with.

Neville Longbottom - I'm really really really painfully shy, but I've gotten better at speaking to people now (I still stutter a bit when I talk too fast, but alas). I know what not being good enough for my parents or for my friends feel like, but I think I've become a lot more confident than I was before. I'm nowhere near as brave as Neville, but if something really bothers me or what I feel is morally right, I will stand up to people and call them out on it, even if I'm really non-confrontational and passive 80% of the time.

Severus Snape - I'm a misunderstood woobie and I feed babies to Voldemort for breakfast!!!!! Judge me if you will, but Snape is probably one of the most sympathetic characters to me. I'm not going to go too deep into it I wrote a terrible, self-prompted essay about a year ago and I'm not going there again OTL, but...I see a lot of my negative/darker qualities in him (obviously, his issues are turned up to eleven). I tend to be extremely closed off to other people, sometimes to the point of being emotionally distant. I'm bitter about a lot of things, even if I rarely say it aloud, and I sometimes hold grudges, though mostly in my head because, again, I'm really non-confrontational and passive. I know what it's like to be bullied (verbally, mostly) and rejected by people (I drift away from/lose a lot of friends all the time since third grade and I never, ever have any idea why). I've never been in love and I'm not particularly eager to ever be, but I feel like if/when I do, it's probably going to be unrequited because I don't know if anyone can ever bear to be with me long enough to love me.
On a less serious note, I'm also really cynical and snarky, and my snark can get really condescending, and sometimes I'm too lazy/tired to wash my hair for days, so it ends up all gross and greasy.

Russell - HE'S TOTALLY ASIAN, OKAY. And he's really cheerful and optimistic, despite being quite lonely (iirc, it's implied), and I really admire that in anyone, period. I strive to be more optimistic and hopeful, because then I have a lot more motivation to do the things that I want to do. I don't particularly like animals and I'm not really active in helping the elderly, aside from my grandma, so that's where the similarities between Russell and I end. BUT I ALSO REALLY LIKE CHOCOLATE, DOES THAT COUNT?

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