INTJ (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

Happy Friday! A few days ago, I promised Kate of The Owl and the Reader a little post about what an INTJ might look like in the fictional world, so…here is that post!

I find Myers Briggs so interesting – so if you want to find out about other personality types, feel free to request! I’ve also done posts about INFP, ISFP and ENTJ.

Anyways, Kate is an INTJ – this means that she favours Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging. I referred to my favourite Myers Briggs website (it has pictures) to see what that could mean in practice:

People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.

I had a browse through this website to find some fictional characters that might share the INTJ personality type, and there was such an interesting mix that I put together a few more examples than usual!

Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Okay, so Darcy isn’t a saint, but he is definitely good at heart. I think this is one to be happy about!

Gandalf and Saruman from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Gandalf and Saruman

So we have two examples of people at opposite ends of the good/evil spectrum. I’d take this as confirmation that you can choose your own path…or something.

Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Okay, so this is a little scary.

Severus Snape from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Again, lovely at heart.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Amy Dunne

Yep. Also a little bit terrifying. I’m just going to leave this here and back away…

Thomas from the Maze Runner by James Dashner

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This is a really interesting one! I would never have thought of Thomas myself, but now someone else says it, I can see it!

Jean Valjean from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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I thought this was a great one to end on! There’s a really vast range of characters under this personality type, but I think Valjean is my favourite. He’s the definition of an overcomer!

That’s all from me – but are there any other INTJ characters you’d add to the list?

Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

ENTJ (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

I know it’s not been long since my last ‘personality types’ post, but when the lovely Squid of Squid’s Cup of Tea mentioned that she didn’t know which book characters were of her personality type, I figured I could get away with writing more about Myers Briggs.

I’ve also written about INFP and ISFP, so you can check those out if you find this interesting!

Anyway, Squid is an ENTJ, which means she favours Extraversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging.

If there’s anything ENTJs love, it’s a good challenge, big or small, and they firmly believe that given enough time and resources, they can achieve any goal. This quality makes people with the ENTJ personality type brilliant entrepreneurs, and their ability to think strategically and hold a long-term focus while executing each step of their plans with determination and precision makes them powerful business leaders.

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As for literary characters, this type has an interesting mix of folk (according to this website)

Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Gale Hawthorne

Okay, so people have split opinions about this fellow, but I definitely think this is a positive person to share a type with! He’s a strong leader and a clear thinker.

Johanna Mason from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Another Hunger Games person, lucky you. But seriously – Johanna is awesome – she is such a fierce character.

Irene Adler from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Irene Adler is a lot more prominent in the BBC adaptation of this series, but she does appear in one of the Sherlock Holmes books. She is one of the few people that Sherlock Holmes really admires, so that’s something!

Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Mr Rochester is this dark, mysterious character with a past, but Jane falls for him, and I trust her judgment.

That’s about it for ENTJ!

NB: There is some discussion as to whether Lord Voldemort (of the Harry Potter series) is an INTJ or ENTJ – I’m choosing to reserve judgment. You can decide for yourself!

If you’d like me to write a post about your personality type, let me know! I’m having a great time researching these!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

My Top 5 Male Literary Protagonists

As a female reader, I find it so easy to read books mostly from a female perspective. I don’t know why this is – are there more female POV books out there now? Am I just drawn to characters who are easier for me to understand? Either way, today I’m going to be showing some appreciation for my favourite men of modern literature.

1. Sherlock Holmes ([basically any book by] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) If you don’t think he is the best thing to grace the world of crime fiction then you are wrong. I love the books, love the movie, love the TV series. Sherlock Holmes is basically a boss.

2. Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein) I have so much love for Bilbo! He is the cutest, bumbliest, bravest little hobbit ever, and I think he deserves to be on this list. Even though he’s not technically a man.

3. Huckleberry Finn (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain) I only recently read this book, and I’m kicking myself for not having known about Huck Finn before. He is the sweetest and funniest little narrator ever, and I love his brain. You are a hero, young sir.

4. Allan Karlsson (The Hundred-year-old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson) I couldn’t make this list without Allan! He is my favourite 100 year old book character – he never fails to make me laugh.

5. Todd Hewitt (The Chaos Walking series – Patrick Ness) I think Todd is one of the main reasons I adore this series – I love his narrative voice, and I love the sweet, naive honesty of his character. You’re cool, Todd.

So those were my picks! Did I forget someone really obvious? Which male protagonists would be on your list?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Month in Books: March 2014

Here’s March’s wrap-up! (I’m slowly getting up to date with these posts…SLOWLY)

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 3 stars This is a short story in which Mr Holmes solves crimes and rights wrongs. I usually really love Sherlock Holmes stories, but I felt like this one was very predictable. It’s short though, so worth it!

Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare – 5 stars The inspiration for ‘She’s the Man’, this brilliant play is genuinely funny and rich and lovely. One of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

Heart to Heart – Ali Martin & Liza Hoeksma – 4 stars Non-fiction talking about the health of the metaphorical heart. It was hard to rate this, because the content and graphology were definite 5 star material, while the writing itself was…not. Worth a read though!

Cinder – Marissa Meyer – 3 stars This YA sci-fi fairytale retelling is clever and exciting, but didn’t quite live up to my high expectations.

The Life of Timon of Athens – William Shakespeare- 2 stars More Shakespeare, I know. After Twelfth Night, I was really disappointed by this one; I didn’t really connect with the plot or characters. The writing is as beautiful as always, but this play just wasn’t for me.

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 5 stars This dystopian depicts a future where literature is completely absent. The lovely writing and winning characters made this my favourite book of the month…I didn’t write a post for it though!

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? – David Platt – 5 stars I feel like the title is self-explanatory. This book is short, free and very practical.

A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String – Joanne Harris – 3 stars This is a collection of short stories. Most of these are sweet and lovely, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of her other work.

Paroles – Jacques Prevert – 4 stars An anthology of French surrealist poetry. If you’re not a francophone this is maybe not for you, but do check out some of the musical adaptations!

Champion – Marie Lu – 4 stars The final instalment of YA dystopian trilogy ‘Legend’ is completely heart-breaking. Don’t read it if you’re emotionally unstable. Great story, though.

And that’s it! I didn’t exactly write any reviews for this month – oops!

If you’ve read/would like to read any of these titles, let me know! And as always, I’m open to recommendations.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani