It’s time to cook your favorite meatless dish, because it is definitely what these vegetarian book characters would want. You’d be shocked to know the dietary preferences for some of your favorite characters are revealed in their story. I feel like this is something often over looked while reading. I definitely have missed it a few times!
Knowing a character is vegetarian feels like such a personal touch, doesn’t it? It really tells you a lot about them. I never really thought about it until now and did some digging. This is actually a very highly searched character trait and there is a Listopia on Goodreads devoted to vegetarian book characters. Here are characters you may not have known prefer a meatless diet!
1. Hazel Grace Lancaster, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Adding this book to the list brought back a very core memory of reading that Hazel was a vegetarian. She says in the novel she wants to “minimize the number of deaths [she’s] responsible for,” which is her reasoning behind giving up meat. It makes sense when you learn she is terminally ill. Let’s not linger on this one too long because we might all cry again thinking about the ending! No spoilers, I promise.
2. Mia Thermopolis, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Does anyone else feel like The Princess Diaries has been the talk of the town lately? I am perfectly okay with it! Based off what Mia says, she is the only meat-free eater in her family. Meg Cabot talked about Mia’s vegetarianism with Buzzfeed in an interview saying, “Mia was a vegetarian for a long time in the book series, which is also aspirational to me.”
3. Ronnie (Veronica) Miller, The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
It is mentioned a few times that Ronnie is vegetarian throughout the novel and highlighted with some of the food choices! She is also a big animal lover, so those two things could definitely be connected.
4. Simon Lewis, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Before he became a vampire, Simon preferred a vegetarian diet since he was ten years old. This seemed a bit harder to keep up with after turning, but the Shadowhunters Fandom claims he continues to stay true to this in his Shadowhunter life!
5. Stargirl, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
It just feels fitting that Stargirl is vegetarian. There was something about reading this book in the 6th grade that felt epic. I also remember following a vegetarian diet after reading this. Now I definitely think I need to read it again! The book was also adapted into a show, which is now on Disney+.
“I joined the family for dinner. Three of us had meatloaf. The fourth- guess who- was a strict vegetarian. She had tofu loaf.”Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
6. Grover, Percy Jack and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Grover discusses his dietary preferences quite a bit, so it’s hard to miss this one! He claims all satyrs are vegetarians and according to the Riordan Fandom, his favorite food is cheese enchiladas. We definitely approve.
“Meat!” he said scornfully. “I’m a vegetarian.”
You eat cheese enchiladas and aluminum cans,” I reminded him.
Those are vegetables.”Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
7. Frankenstein’s monster, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Let’s end things on a spooky note! Did you know Frankenstein’s monster claims in the novel to be vegetarian? Frankenstein’s monster gives us a speech about his choice:
“My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid, to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment. My companion will be of the same nature as myself, and will be content with the same fare. We shall make our bed of dried leaves; the sun will shine on us as on man, and will ripen our food. The picture I present to you is peaceful and human.”Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Did any of your favorite book characters pop up on this list? If they did, now you know exactly what to cook them if you ever get a magical chance to have lunch or dinner with your favorite fictional character. Make sure to reread these books to get all the details about some of these vegetarian characters in literature.
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