It’s National Handwriting Day! We’ve listed many character we think would have good penmanship. From classics like Jane Eyre, to more contemporary characters like Paul Sheldon from Misery–we think everyone should put down the computer and pick up a pen once in a while! Who do you think would have the best handwriting? Tell us in the comments below!
Jane Austen’s Characters
Remember when people wrote letters? In Jane Austen’s time, people were taught to have impeccable penmanship. Her “English Roundhand” style is something anyone would wish for and was most likely inherited by her characters. Some of our favorite letter-writing characters (Mr. Darcy, Captain Wentworth, etc.) must have had to practice their beautiful handwriting skills.
Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
We think Jane Eyre is an extremely intelligent individual. And while that doesn’t mean that she has good handwriting, when your main mode of communication is writing letters (which she did to Mr. Lloyd, Uncle John, etc.) it’s likely you learned how to write well.
Charlie from The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie is constantly writing letters as his main mode of expression. We think that Charlie would have had his own unique handwriting style—something that was very special and distinctive to him and his own outlook on the world.
Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Although Matilda is only six years old, she is highly intelligent and has psychokinetic powers. Although much more of a bookworm than a writer, we think she would have taught herself all the ins and outs of spelling, grammar, and of course, penmanship.
Hermione Granger and Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The brightest witch around, Hermione Granger, of course has perfect handwriting. Headmaster of Hogwarts Albus Dumbledore, on the other hand, has quite beautiful handwriting that would have become even more refined over time.
Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Klaus is the Baudelaire child with a knack for research and a love of books. Even though he remembers everything he reads, we think his handwriting would have been precise and extremely legible—making it easy to access for future reference.
Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Skeeter returns from college wanting to a be a writer—even though her mother would prefer she just settle down and get married. Though able to work on a typewriter in the 1960s, we think Skeeter would have been well practiced in the art of handwriting.
Robbie Turner from Atonement by Ian McEwan
Robbie Turner is tragically (and wrongfully) accused in Atonement, and much of that accusation comes from a letter he wrote to Cecilia—whom he loves. We think Robbie’s love letter would have been beautifully written—with his poetic style being influenced by other great literary lovers.
Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
While Jo can be somewhat “fierce” in her writing, her constant practice and consideration of the time period in which she lived, would have given her a lovely handwriting style.
Paul Sheldon from Misery by Stephen King
Paul Sheldon is forced to write his story on a type writer, but we still think the author famous for writing Victorian-era romance novels could have easily adapted his characters handwriting style.
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The aspiring writer and academic Anne Shirley certainly would have had lovely handwriting. Additionally, as a teacher she would have needed to teach her students this art.
Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby spent much of his time writing letters—one of which Daisy received the night before her wedding to Tom. The romantic and “refined” Jay Gatsby surely would have had a good grip on penmanship.
Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Although Sherlock could be scatterbrained at times (leaving Watson to pick up the pieces), he was also brilliant and wrote many things down. Perhaps he wouldn’t have had the most perfect handwriting, but he would have written meaningful thoughts.
Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Noah wrote Allie 365 letters. And for that, he deserves to be mentioned on this list. We think he must have had great handwriting to sustain that amount of written word!