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Friday, February 10, 2017

50/50 Friday (19): Character Most/Least Changed By Their Hero's Journey

50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc).  Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!

Today's Topic: Character Most/Least Changed By Their Hero's Journey

Celaena from the Throne of Glass series

Goodreads Blurb:
"In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world."

How the character changed:
In this series, Celaena literally undergoes a name shift and with that name shift, she dons her previous identity that she had once forsaken.  This, to me, is quite the character discovery.  She changes herself in order to survive but soon that mask becomes a hindrance to her and she sheds it for something far greater.


Goodreads Blurb:
"Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.
But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for."

How the character didn't change:
There's no doubt that Cinder has a lot of self discovery going on in this series.  She finds a new identity, like Celaena does, however she doesn't fundamentally change, really.  She feels the same to me from beginning to end.  Not to say that her life hasn't changed, but her fundamental ideals and thoughts and identity remain constant.  She is a rather excellent character, however.

What characters do you think have changed the most or the least in the course of their journey?  Do you agree with my picks?  Make a post and link up below!

Next Week's Topic: Character Most/Least Likely to be a World Traveler


  1. I totally agree with you on both of these and I haven't even finished the Throne of Glass series.

  2. Eh. I agree with you, while I only have read up to Heir of Fire, there has been a HUGE difference from where she started and where she ended up. As for Cinder, I loved that not just the characters in the end developed, but that the group itself developed. It's really what made the book SOO good at the end! Great post! Have a happy February!

    1. For sure! And it seems like the people she keeps around her changes as well. Excellent point! I agree with you: the group definitely develops as a whole and they've come so far since when they first met.

  3. That's very true, Cinder didn't change too much. Great choice!

    1. For sure! I think the group grew together as a whole but as for the individual characters (especially Cinder) didn't change too much.

  4. I haven't read Throne of Glass, yet, and I'm not sure I ever will, but I absolutely adore Cinder. I totally agree, she definitely develops some, but she's a pretty consistent character. The biggest and most important change she goes through is the way she learns to accept and love herself. Great post!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    1. Aw that makes me sad although it's definitely not for everyone! I totally agree! I think the group as a whole grew much more than the individuals did.


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