With every January comes the very exciting tradition of celebrating Universal Letter Writing week! So, a few of us at Bookstr decided to reflect on some of our favorite literary characters and think about what we could say to them if we had the chance. We all sat down and wrote a little letter to our favorite characters, and now we’d like to give you the chance to look behind the curtain and see just what we had to say!
Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene
Dear Nancy Drew,
You were such an inspiration to me growing up. I loved reading about all your adventures and living vicariously through them. It felt like you were one of the first female detectives out there, which made me feel proud and happy to be a girl too. I’m still waiting for the day I get to solve one of my own mysteries, but for now, reading about yours is still more than enough!
Signed, Dani ShembeshEditorial Department
Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis
Dear Maren Yearly,
Your story wasn’t happy, and perhaps you never will change for the better. There were times where I saw you as the villain of your own story. There was a moment where I thought you would change. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. You showed me what it’s like to hurt people you love most without any intentions. There are impulses in all of us, but that doesn’t make us monsters. You are not a villain nor a bad person, just a young girl who was plagued by a disorder that made her do heinous things.
Signed, Sierra JacksonEditorial Department
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Dear Daisy Jones,
You’re such a free spirit and honestly your story was truly inspiring because your love for music was your driving force to continue. The love you had for Billy truly was beautiful and there were times I related to your pain of loving something unattainable. Thank you for putting your raw feelings into your music and also for respecting Camilia’s wishes! It must have been hard to do but it was a very mature decision!
The end of the band was unfortunate but the memories are unforgettable! You showed me that you lived by your saying “I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody.”
Signed, Michelle QuindeSocial & Graphic Department
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I feel as if you’ve been a companion of mine for almost a decade. I grew up with you and throughout the years you taught me to be strong, and brave, and that women are capable of so much. You also taught me that home can be found in the people you surround yourselves with, which is a lesson I will always value. I will always be grateful for the courage and wisdom you showed, and that I also found within myself.
Signed, LindsaySocial Department
Beowulf by Anonymous
I fail to understand how people don’t appreciate you more. I know that you’re hard to comprehend at times, but I enjoyed your story from beginning to end. You help people because it’s the right thing to do, not for your own merits. That’s what made me fall in love with your tale. Because at the end of the day, you’re just a guy trying to help those in need.
Now when I look around, I see your story everywhere I turn. From the newest blockbuster movie, to streaming shows, the story of your life has been told time and time again. So, even though some may consider you boring, just know that you get to live on through the creativity of storytelling.
Signed, Jenna SassenrathEditorial Department
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Dear Jude Duarte,
When I first read your story, I was shocked by and conflicted about your character. Why? I think it was the first time I’d ever seen a female character with ruthless ambition and an insatiable desire for power. Up until that point, most of the female characters I’d read about had power thrust upon them, and were a little too perfect. You were different–you had goals and you would stop at nothing to achieve them. You taught me that women can crave power just like men, and that there is nothing more powerful than a woman’s ambition.
Signed, Taylor ArnoldEditorial Department
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Dear Jack and Annie,
You both were the very first literary characters that I have come to know when I started my journey as a bookworm. I was seven years old when I met you and now I’m in my early twenties coming back to greet you once again. I have met various fictional characters that I have come to adore and learn about and it has been such an emotional adventure to get to know who they were as well as their personalities.
Every time I pick up a new book, I always come back to remember who exactly started it all. I have no idea how to thank you kids enough for the journey I had as a reader. I wouldn’t have been able to really enjoy what my life would be beyond my own. Instead I get to live a thousand other lives through the world of books.
Signed, Jaiden CruzGraphics Department
What did you think? We had such a blast taking some time to write these silly, but fun letters to our favorite characters. Though it’s a lighthearted little exercise, we highly encourage you to do the same–you’d be surprised what you might learn about yourself!
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