This week’s TTT prompt is a character freebie, and I’m so excited because I am a proud member of Team Characters > Plot. Characters are what make me love a book, and one of my hobbies is to psychoanalyze deeply complex characters–it brings me so much joy.
So why not just a boring old list of your favorite characters or literally anything else besides smart characters, you ask? Well, the number of book characters I would actually die for is pretty small, because I don’t give that kind of love freely. I’ve always admired intelligence in a character, and it’s always nice to be shocked by how smart a character is. I like to ask questions like, how did they figure that out, or how did they manage to plan that while reading.
→ Six of Crows ♦ Kaz Brekker
I challenge you to name a more iconic line than The easiest way to steal a man’s wallet is to tell him you’re going to steal his watch.
→ The Poppy War ♦ Chen Kitay
Kitay is a genius who remembers everything, can compute large sums without blinking an eye, and basically doesn’t have to study in order to ace a test. I’m a dumb high school student and would very much like his skills–please and thank you.
→ The Harry Potter series ♦ Hermione Granger
I mean, obviously. I like to think that I would act like Hermione if I were in Hogwarts because I would be so grateful for the opportunity to learn about magic. And I’m sure we all know that Harry and Ron wouldn’t have survived the entire series if it weren’t for Hermione.
→ The Winners Trilogy ♦ Kestrel
A big part of why I loved The Winners Trilogy back in the day was because it followed a main character coming from a culture that values warriors whose strength came from her intelligence instead. Kestrel is faced with a lot of sticky situations throughout the trilogy, especially in the second book, but she gets out of all of them through her wits alone.
→ A Series of Unfortunate Events ♦ Violet Baudelaire
Violet is an inventor, and throughout the series, she saves her and her siblings’ lives countless times by inventing a device out of whatever scraps are at their disposal. Even though I read this series way back in the day, I still remember a decent number of Violet’s inventions.
→ Six of Crows ♦ Wylan Van Eck
Wylan’s ways of making sure that his dyslexia is never a hindrance to his life makes him so much smarter than most non-dyslexic people. He’s also a demolitions expert, and knows his way around chemistry too!
→ The Percy Jackson series ♦ Annabeth Chase
Literally everyone on my twitter timeline is screaming about and rereading PJO right now. The twitter account of its musical is also hilarious. Though I remember little about PJO besides the fact that I liked it a lot, I do remember that Annabeth, much like Hermione, is most of the reason why the main character is still alive. She’s a daughter of Athena, so of course she’s wise, and she’s very knowledgeable about the world of Greek mythology.
→ Captive Prince series ♦ Laurent of Vere
I WOULD DIE FOR LAURENT OF VERE. My soft gay boy who’s just been through so many things. One of his defining traits is that he’s always thinking and unflinchingly analytical, but how else could he have survive his uncle’s court?
→ Sherlock Holmes series ♦ Sherlock Holmes
I’m sure I don’t need to explain why Sherlock Holmes is smart. But I read A Study in Scarlet earlier this year, and I loved getting to read about the original Sherlock. Needless to say, he’s incredibly intuitive, and he explains that his intelligence comes from the ability to see an event and predict the occurrences that led up to it, as opposed to when people come across an event and are only able to predict what will happen next.
→ Into the Drowning Deep ♦ Dr. Jillian Toth
Obviously, scientists are smart, and the fact that Dr. Toth was able to deduce all those things about sirens’ anatomy without ever even seeing one herself is amazing.