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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Rebels in Literature

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Top Ten Rebels in Literature

I didn’t feel like adding pictures with red, white, & blue covers (which was the official topic), so instead I’m recycling the 2011 July 4th TTT. I’m going to try to keep this to one character per book. (If I didn’t, I could take the first series on the list and just list a bunch of the characters, but that would feel too much like cheating.) Some of these characters are obvious. Others are less so, but they’re all characters from some books or series I enjoyed who fit the description of rebel.

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I think Katniss is the current model book rebel. It would be hard to write this post without including her, so I’m going to start it with her and get the obvious over with.

2. Hermione in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Many of the students at Hogwarts during the Potter books could count here, but Hermione fits the best for me. She’s the one who instigates a lot of the actual rebellion.

3. Winston from 1984 by George Orwell
Not all rebels succeed. But Winston does rebel, however small, against Big Brother.

4. pretty much everyone in Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl
It’s hard to use a diary as an example of rebels, but there’s really no better definition of all the parties involved.

5. the party in NPCs by Drew Hayes
The party is a group of NPCs (non-player characters) inside a D&D game where people from our world are playing in their world and treating it like… well. If you’ve played D&D or video game RPGs, you know how the stereotypical gamer treats the NPCs in their games. The party rebels against their assigned role of extras and decides to become heroes instead.

6. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
I enjoyed the first book even if I didn’t like the series as a whole. Still, no matter what you think of it, there’s no denying that Tris was written to be a rebel.

7. Elena from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Elena joins the Pack as a full member later, but she starts off by rebelling against Pack Law and practices.

8. the titular Renegades of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
I wasn’t really rooting for them, but the renegades did have some valid points. They were rebelling against the rule by the Lord Holders and the Dragonriders, and even though I feel they went about it in the wrong way, they did have legitimate complaints.

9. Coriel from Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
I guess she’s not really a rebel per se, but she also does some rebellious things. (Though technically Elisandra is more of a rebel, even though it’s never proven.)

10. Romeo and Juliet from the play by William Shakespeare
It’s not a huge rebellion, but the pair does rebel against their families.

Have a great day, and if you’re in the USA have a happy and safe 4th of July tomorrow!


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Rebels in Literature

  1. Interesting choices, and I like your topic switch! I agree that the renegades on Pern had some legitimate beefs, but I have a tough time finding much sympathy for their leaders because of their tactics. The folks like Readis, and those who were holdless through no fault of their own but didn’t lose their honor… of course I feel for them. Coriel and Elisandra are both rebels in their way. And Hermione? She’s amazing.

    I would add: Will (if I remember his name right) and his friends from the Tripod trilogy by John Christopher; Keladry of Mindalen from Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small quartet; and from Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea, several Jacobite characters involved in the 1708 attempt to return the son of James II to the Scottish (and possibly English) throne.

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