I read a great number of books in 2021. From this, we can gather that I met a great number of new characters in 2021. And from THIS we can gather that we need to talk about these characters.
And give them awards. Clearly.
This post was originally created by Cait@Paperfury, and it is an excellent excuse to screech about the characters you met last year.
And so, without further ado, let the awards ceremony commence!
Most Relatable Character
…There’s really no contest for this one. Murderbot from The Murderbot Diaries is unanimously voted the winner. Because how exactly is one supposed to interact with humans? Can we watch them through security cameras instead of through our eyes? And–wait, if you take away my helmet, how am I supposed to cONtrOL mY FaCE exprESSiOns???
Let’s go hide in a closet and watch media.
Most Pure Animal Companion
Cyril from To Say Nothing of the Dog. I’m not a dog person. I’m certainly not a bulldog person. But Cyril is a DEAR.
We should all just go home. No one can top last year’s winner, Riza Hawkeye
Jessica from Dune. This woman is fierce. She will do whatever it takes to protect her son.
Am I Surprised that I Love You?
Van Hohenheim from Fullmetal Alchemist. How did this happen. How.
Let’s be real: It’s just Murderbot again
Yuzuru from A Silent Voice. She is the best. She is a dear. She is the highlight of the manga. And yes, she is sassy.
(we’re not going to talk about the fact that I graduated with a degree in English and still don’t have a clear idea of what constitutes an anti-hero)
…Maybe Gabe from The Scorpio Races? He’s a great character. He’s complex. There were moments where I really liked him and I could empathize. But at the end of the day?
No. Just no, son.
Best Friends of All
Daniel, Beatriz, and Joaquin from All the Crooked Saints. They grew up together, care about each other SO MUCH, and I LOVE them.
And they get bonus points for being cousins.
Best Villain TO HATE
Pim from Jepp, Who Defied the Stars. He is TERRIBLE and I HATE him.
Award for Best vs. Worst YA parents
…What parents even exist in YA?
I have a vague recollection of liking Joaquin’s parents in All the Crooked Saints. But do I remember anything about them?
Also Mr. Dunworthy who isn’t actually a parent and isn’t from a YA book, but I DON’T CARE
Celia’s dad from The Night Circus (…which isn’t technically YA, but shhhhh). He’s the worst. A terrible human. What more need I say?
Ship of All Ships is 2021
Ned Henry and Verity Kindle from To Say Nothing of the Dog. I adore these two. They are the sweetest. And the scene in the boat is GOLD.
Most Precious Must Be Protected
ZAZIE from THE PROMISED NEVERLAND. He is a dear, sweet, brutal, sword-wielding, traumatized, five year old and we MUST PROTECT HIM.
Also Pheris from Return of the Thief. My son.
Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive
Matt Coffin from Just Like That. You could have died…so many times. And I’m very glad that you didn’t–because you’re a DEAR–but…Yes, I’m surprised.
Especially since you’re in the hands of an author who just KILLS CHARACTERS for NO REASON. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT, GARY D. SCHMIDT???? I’m not BITTER or anything
Award for Making the Worst Decisions
Gabe from The Scorpio Races. On a certain level, I get it. But also WHAT ARE YOU DOING, SON??
Most in Need of a Nap
Ned Henry from To Say Nothing of the Dog. This man needs to SLEEP, OKAY? Can’t all the people and the animals and the plot leave him alone for TWENTY MINUTES???
Also Michael Davies from Blackout/All Clear. You’re doing way too much, son.
Want to Read More About You
Jack Dory from The Beatryce Prophecy. I love this child. He is a dear. He hides angst and trauma by laughing and everyone passively loves him but no one takes care of him and he wants to protect Beatryce and he WAS UPSTAGED BY A GOAT.
I’m still upset about this.
Goats are great, but Jack Dory is better. He deserves better. Give me a book about Jack Dory without the goat.
Also Finn from The Scorpio Races. We all need more Finn.
Who did you meet in 2021? What characters would you give these awards to? Who most needs a nap? Are you acquainted with any of these characters? What new characters did you adopt in 2021? Do tell!