Friday Favourites: Fictional Rebels
By The Hodderscape Team
Posted on August 22, 2014 in Books, Film, Friday Favourites with tags Harry Potter, Sandman, The Hunger Games
From fallen angels to militant nerds, team Hodderscape pick out their favourite fictional rebels.
Lucifer in the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
I’m not sure if this constitutes a rebellion in the proper sense of the term, but it’s one of my favourite riffs on the Lucifer mythos, so I’m grandfathering it in.
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series is, for good reason, considered one of the classic graphic novels of all time. There’s no simple synopsis for it, but if you’re unfamiliar with the series, I’ll try to explain: Dream, or Morpheus, is one of seven Endless, the anthropomorphic realizations of their concepts. (The others being Desire, Delirium, Destiny, Despair, Destruction and Death.) The series opens with Dream escaping from a 70-year-long imprisonment and setting about rebuilding his kingdom, venturing through dreams, mythology, fairy tales and history in the process. In the fourth collection of the long-running series, Seasons of Mists, Dream heads into Hell to rescue his long-imprisoned lover Nada. There he discovers that Lucifer has decided to give up the Lord of Hell racket – Lucifer cuts off his wings and gives the keys to Hell to Dream to do with as he will. (An interesting little power-struggle ensues, of course.) It ends with Lucifer sitting on a beach, admiring God’s sunset.
It’s the ultimate rebellion – a rebellion against a rebellion – and it’s a beautiful, powerful story.
Dumbledore’s Army was set up by Harry, Hermione and Ron to teach their fellow students Defence Against The Dark Arts (aka the coolest subject in Hogwarts) when Dolores Umbridge refused to teach the students anything other than theory. So, essentially, they rebelled by giving themselves extra lessons which is one of the nerdiest, most bad ass things I’ve ever heard.
Katniss in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
When I think of fictional rebellions, I immediately think of The Hunger Games. I think I have mentioned The Hunger Games before in a Friday favourite but that is simply because I love the series. I loved the books and so far I am loving the films, I personally think they get better and better as they go along. The rebellion aspect is really coming in to fruition in the 2-part Mockingjay film version and I can’t wait to see how it comes across on screen…. I’ve just got to wait until November!
The Order of the Phoenix from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I’m going to stick to my guns and go for a childhood favourite: the Order of the Phoenix. Apart from having the most awesome name ever, they are a group of rebels who are fighting for all things sugar and nice. Many of the members die standing up for equality, love and freedom – what better things are there to die for?