• Christie Coughlan

Fictional Characters that make for excellent role models

Sometimes the best mentors are the ones we bring to life ourselves, simply by reading aloud or by watching a screen. They are designed to teach us a lesson, instilling teachings of humility, love, sacrifice, loyalty and even endurance.

Here we have rounded up a few special characters that we think take the cake for being all round good blokes (and ladies of course).

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

Luna Lovegood embraced her peculiar tastes and wacky ways from day one and refused to let anyone sway her from her own path. Her sweet, helpful disposition is definitely something readers and watchers of Harry Potter warmed to and her individuality is certainly her most magical quality.

We could all afford to be a little more like Miss Lovegood. She is the definition of cool as a cucumber and a true, loyal pal.

Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska by John Green) While Alaska is portrayed as an emotionally-challenged, cheating girlfriend, it is exactly these flaws that made her enviable. The fact that she acts without reproach is precisely why readers adore her.

She is imperfect and it is these imperfections that make her human; something we all must ultimately accept. While she is comfortable shouting her embarrassing moments from the rooftops and telling people how it is, the rest of us are often too riddled with anxiety to even talk to someone that we have a crush on.

Life might be a little bit more exciting if we were fearless like Alaska Young.

Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Peeta was thrust into The Hunger Games without any preparation what-so-ever. He wasn’t an independent sibling who knew how to defend himself with a weapon. He took the unfortunate luck of being chosen with a grain of salt and worked hard to survive. His loyalty to others and bravery in the face of adversity are qualities to be admired. We all have the ability to act with determination like Peeta, we just need to dig a little deeper to find that kind of strength.

Baloo (The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling)

Baloo, while not the most popular storybook character, taught one important lesson to anyone who would listen; in life all you need are the bare necessities. Worries are just that, worrisome and the best things in life are those that come simply. So just relax, go with the flow of life and you’ll find yourself much happier.

Sansa Stark (A Song of Fire & Ice: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin) Sansa refused to play the game of thrones. She did right by those who deserved it and never betrayed anyone who didn’t. While her family has clearly suffered the greatest of all the houses in the series, Sansa remains level-headed about what she needs to do and, above all, she is kind.

Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)

Charlie taught readers two very important lessons: 1) good things come to those who work hard, 2) remain patient and to stay humble. While he always put his family first by earning a living and didn’t waste his time envying what the other kids had, he also kept trying to achieve his dreams and eventually he made it. Eventually he got the golden ticket and isn't that everyone's dream?

You will be hard-pressed finding a writer of a television show, play or book that admits their characters were just lifeless creations who filled in the background. If you look close enough, each one teaches a lesson that you can apply to your life; you just have to find it.

Christie is a Twenty Something freelance writer. She has a degree in Communications, majoring in Journalism and sub-majoring in Media Arts Production. When she isn’t writing Christie enjoys drawing, reading, exploring Sydney and going to metal concerts. Currently she is writing a series of educational children’s books, a young adult novel all while painting an acrylic replica of the Jack Daniel’s bottle label.

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