Hello! Today I thought I’d do a post all about characters with my name, after reading ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen! There haven’t been many books that I’ve read that have a character with my name, but these are the top 5 that I’ve found. As always this listicle is no particular order…
1. ‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell
As you can probably guess, my name is Eleanor (not Park ;)), and I love this title character so much! This Eleanor is like me in that she is a bit clumsy, and she is very awkward, one of the things I really love about her character, and I think that her slight imperfections make her the perfect character for the book. The fact that Park is equally awkward makes their romance brilliant.
2. ‘Eleanor The Queen’ by Norah Lofts
This is probably a cheat one, but, even though this character is based on Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of both France and England at different times, the book that I am talking about is fiction, and so technically she acts as a character for Norah Lofts. I love Eleanor of Aquitaine, and I think her strength and power comes across so well in this book, with Lofts following Eleanor’s life when she is locked up by her husband, and her real inner strength and willpower comes through during this part, as well as through the whole book.
3. ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen
I’m currently reading this book, and throughout probably the first half, one of the characters is referred to as ‘Miss Tilney’, as in the time Austen was writing, no one was using a first name basis, but then suddenly her brother calls her by her first name- Eleanor! So far, I really like the character of Eleanor Tilney. She seems pretty down-to-earth, still grieving the passing of her mother, and I like the way that she holds her own when having banter with her brother. I also despise the character of Isabella Thorpe in the novel, so I think Eleanor Tilney was a welcome change from the two-faced Isabella.
4. ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen
I’ve never read ‘Sense and Sensibility’, but I’ve watched the film, and one of the main women featured in the book is called Eleanor (spelt in this case different to me, as Elinor). I really liked this film, and, as always, there was a wealth of characters, do-gooders and wrong-doers, and I love the depth to Austen’s characters.
5. ‘You Learn by Living’ by Eleanor Roosevelt
Okay, so I know this one is a bit of a cheat as well, and I’ve not actually read this non-fiction book by Roosevelt about always having courage in your convictions, and how to live a better life, but I just think that Eleanor Roosevelt was such an amazing woman, and the fact that she shares my name is particularly special.
Eleanor Roosevelt stood against the patriarchy and the accepted rules of the 1930s and 1940s during her husband’s presidency, and she took part in events such as hosting a tea party for poor African American girls to show the world the problems with the current system. Unlike other first ladies, she stood against her husband on certain issues, choosing to stand against him when her opinion differed to his, which I think shows her courage and gut, as well as makes her a strong and brilliant role model for girls and women.
Which book characters share your name? What do you think of the books mentioned above? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
Currently reading: ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen