Bout of Books 13: Character Face-Off

May 12, 2015 Blogging Challenges, Uncategorized 0


It’s Day 2 of the Bout of Books 13 Read-A-Thon!  Today’s challenge is hosted by Lulo @ Lulo Fangirl.  The challenge is to create the ultimate character face-off.  Pick two of your all-time favorite characters.  They can be from the books you chose for the read-a-thon (or not — totally up to you).  Even though they are both your favorite, you HAVE to choose one as the winner.  And tell me why.  Sell me on why this ONE character is you favorite character of ALL characters.

I almost feel like I need to create a bracket (not unlike the ones for Sweet Sixteen) in order to figure this one out.  Actually that’s exactly what I’m going to do.  Just finished my bracket and found my ultimate favorite character.  I’ll give you guys my breakdown.  Get ready for my ultimate character face-off!

Round 1:

  • Fred Weasley (Harry Potter series) vs. Peregrin “Pippin” Took (Lord of the Rings series)
  • Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter series) vs. Sirius Black (Harry Potter series)
  • Nox (Dorothy Must Die) vs. Nathan (Half Bad)
  • Aelyx (Alienated) vs. Bones (Night Huntress series)
  • Donna Young (Shock Me) vs. Mare Barrow (Red Queen)
  • Kai (Blooming Goddess trilogy) vs. Cal (Red Queen)
  • Mark Watney (The Martian) vs. Josh (Crossing the Ice)
  • John Watson (Sherlock Holmes) vs. Jordan (Quarantined series)
  • Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) vs. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Tarver Merendsen (These Broken Stars) vs. Leonard Barrens (The Forever Watch)
  • Andrew Ryan (Temperance Brennan series) vs. Shane Collins (Morganville Vampires series)
  • Mina Grimes (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series) vs. Charlie Boden (The Hollows series)

Round 2:

  • Fred Weasley vs. Neville Longbottom
  • Nox vs. Bones
  • Donna Young vs. Cal
  • Mark Watney vs. Jordan
  • Elizabeth Bennet vs. Tarver Merendsen
  • Andrew Ryan vs. Charlie Boden

Round 3:

  • Neville Longbottom vs. Nox
  • Cal vs. Mark Watney
  • Tarver Merendsen vs. Charlie Boden


Neville Longbottom
Who:  If you don’t know who he is, we have a major problem.  The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Pros:  Loyal, brave, heart of gold, a toad named Trevor (that’s adorable)
Cons:  parents who were tortured until they turned crazy, a scary grandmother with an utterly ridiculous hat

Mark Watney
Who:  The astronaut who survived alone on Mars, against all odds.  The Martian by Andy Weir

Pros:  Very smart (he survived in a harsh environment, Mars, when he should’ve died multiple times), practical, survivor, sarcastic smartass (my favorite), he probably won’t want to eat potatoes for a while (I’m not a fan of potatoes)
Cons:  Recycled urine (understandable, but still gross)

Tarver Merendsen
Who:  The soldier that survived too many things and found love.  These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Pros:  Survivor, proficient with weapons, morally sound
Cons:  Soldier mindset (I’m imaging that would be grating/a little scary once he’s a civilian)


Winner:  Neville Longbottom

Why:  I could probably make a case for all 3 of them, but in the end I can’t bet against J.K. Rowling.  Neville is a genuinely good guy and I think he’d challenge anyone to be better than they are.  With Mark Watney, I’m betting a lot more of my snark would come out (which isn’t always a good thing) and Tarver would make me want to be more of a warrior (which is unnecessary).  Neville is just a really great guy that you want to see finish first and meeting his grandmother would definitely be an unforgettable experience.


There you have it!  I got really into this character face-off challenge.  I had post-it notes all over my desk, outlining my bracket.  I was also dancing in my chair and making little noises (including clapping at one point).  I should also mention that I did all of this at work, while I should’ve been working.  Oh well.  It was so much fun!

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