As an introvert, I know sometimes I feel like I am the only one in the world who likes to spend time alone or who is just naturally observant about the world around them. Well, we are not alone. Introverts are more prominent more than ever. In fact, they are even depicted in one of our favorite pastimes. So here are some great characters who I believe any introverted reader will feel connected to:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane is an ideal introverted character. She’s resilient and thoughtful. An orphan who had a horrible childhood, Jane found solace in books and her rich imagination. Her observations of the people around her allows her to have an independent mind. And she dislikes having insipid conversations that is why her talks with Mr. Rochester was always so tantalizing.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,” said Darcy, “of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.”
Another misunderstood character. What may appear rude and prideful is actually a person who is only at peace in his own surroundings. And through his letter to Elizabeth, Darcy’s thoughts are a lot clearer through his writing. Talk about “introverted” qualities!
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Quiet and consistently overlooked by her family, Fanny Price is the perfect example of an introvert. Her quiet and timid nature is what makes the rest of the characters turn to her towards the end of the novel. Fanny may not fit in with everyone else, but she doesn’t let that stop her from being herself. Fanny’s virtuous nature is what makes her an Austen favorite with some readers.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Anne Elliot may appear to be the odd girl in a vibrant society. However, the reader, not only gets to read Anne’s thoughts and feelings, but they see her righteous and dependable personality. She is consistently unnoticed by close family members, but to Anne, that is okay. Her inner world is all that she needs right now.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath Avery had to deal with a lot in her life but her writing was the one constant that in her world that makes sense. But that doesn’t prevent her from anxiety and having panic attacks. But her resilience and passionate personality allows her to overcome any obstacle and find comfort in her own skin.
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Acute observations and amazing deductions not only makes him a hard person to be around, but makes Sherlock Holmes one of the best detectives. It is nice to see an introvert put their skills to good use!
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Elinor’s thoughtfulness and reserved attitude makes her a perfect introvert candidate. Her coolness of judgement makes her dependable source in any crisis. Unlike her sister, Marianne, her strong understanding overpowers her feelings. However, it doesn’t mean that Elinor lacks passion. She just knows when and where to display her feelings. A classic introvert.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby may have had the greatest parties, but inside that very large house, he was still lonely inside. But his passions and his charismatic attitude allows him to fight for his dreams.
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford
Waldo gets to travel around the world and hides from EVERYONE. He is the king of all introverts!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
It may not be my favorite book but Katniss’s internal dialogue shows her individuality Her living in her own world allows her to survive on her own terms and no one else’s.