March 28: Favorite Teachers/Mentors
— Typically, we read about our protagonist being taught by someone wiser than they, whether is it is a teacher as we know them or more of a supernatural/magical mentor. Talk about some of your favorites!
I was *thisclose* to not even doing this topic because I was having a really difficult time coming up with characters who could be considered mentors or teachers…that I actually liked…and weren’t from Harry Potter.
I ended up thinking outside of books, which got my mental gears turning and helped me come up with more than five, so I ended up having to narrow it down, in a shocking turn of events 😛
Baghra from the Grisha Verse trilogy by Leigh Bardugo– Oh my gosh, I loved this woman so much and I still have so many feelings. So. Many. Feelings. (If you’ve read the series, and liked her, you probably know why.)
Miss Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl– I almost forgot about her, but happened to catch sight of my Dahl section and totally face-palmed. Miss Honey gave me hope when I was a kid in an abusive home, and I actually had a teacher who was as close to being like Miss Honey as is possible in the real world.
Bob the skull from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher– Ok…Bob isn’t exactly a teacher. He’s more like a portable encyclopedia with a snar-castic attitude. But I love him, and he really helped Harry out, so I’m counting him. (Bob is probably one of my all-time favorite book characters, as a side note.)
Dimitri Belikov from The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead– All swooning and such aside, I loved Dimitri and I think he would be a fantastic (and terrifying) teacher. I feel like he’s going to be gracing a lot of lists this week heh.
Antiope from Wonder Woman– I don’t care if she counts or not for other people, she counts in my opinion. I freaking loved Wonder Woman (I’ve been driving my kid crazy by re-watching it so much haha), and Robin Wright was freaking badass. (I had to use this gif because I snorted soda when I came across it.)
- George Feeny from Boy Meets World
- Robert Langdon from Dan Brown’s Langdon series
- Tieren Serense from the Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab
- Katherine Watson from Mona Lisa Smile
- Miss Peregrine from the Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs
- Gandalf from The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Who are some of your favorite fictional teachers/mentors?