Character wars is back with yet another tough choice to help with my truckload of indecisiveness. It’s been so long since the last character wars that whatever progress my indecisiveness may have made is back to square one. And that’s very frustrating. I think I’ll keep on writing these posts until this indecisiveness virus finally leaves me for good. And it’s not anytime soon.
Now for today’s post, as my wicked little brain would have it, I have to choose between Jace Herondale from the Mortal Instruments and Tobias Eaton from Divergent. (On another note, Veronica Roth has written an epilogue to the Divergent series and I’m so curious to know what all went on in the Divergent world after that horrific and sad ending.)
This one is another random comparison that popped in my head and hence i apologise if it seems odd or lame (it’s definitely lame). I went with these two because –
1) They’re both blonde. (yes.Hair colour is very important!)
2) They’re both charming, strong, male protagonists and love interests in their respective novels. Basically, they’re quite similar (at least in my opinion) Anyway, let’s begin!
Jace, the witty and sassy half angel with killer looks is definitely one of the most entertaining and interesting characters of the series. He likes to cover his emotions behind a mask of nonchalance and sarcasm, but is actually a very caring and responsible person. Though, he IS quite clueless and indifferent at some instances.
He’s perfect, he knows it, and never fails to point that out every chance he gets. He’s not narcissistic though (or maybe just a little bit). He is most definitely a cheeky show off. But in a humorous and light hearted way (much like Thorne).
His love for Clary transcends all boundaries and is noticeable throughout the entire series. He is strong but also quite stubborn. Totally spontaneous and unpredictable in his actions. Rebellious and relentless, he is a true Dauntless. (did that rhyme?)
Tobias, or Four is the instructor of the Dauntless initiates. He is a bit reserved initially, but we see him opening his feelings more and more as the series progresses. Growing up in a household that wasn’t very cooperative, being suppressed and subdued by his condescending father, his early years weren’t easy. Getting out of the hold his father had over him and standing up for himself, showed immense courage on his part.
Not only was he the teacher, but also the leader, who was focused in his tasks and determined in his decisions. His relationship with Tris was a little chaotic and messy, but Tris was the only person who was able to punch a hole in his armoured personality and therefore I can’t help but respect their bond.
I think we can all agree that he suffered a lot. Over the entire span of the series, he went through a lot of difficulties and hardships and lost so many loved ones. His sufferings broke him to the point where he was almost willing to delete his memories, to let go of the pain that haunted his mind and body. But he didn’t give in. He stood up again. And that’s what I liked the most about him. He showed strength in all his weaknesses and courage in all his fears.
Both of them are highly skilled in their respective abilities and highly good-looking in their respective bodies. Their demeanor is a little similar in the way that they both are unyielding, decisive (unlike me) and commanding. Though, Jace is a little more sarcastic while Four is a little more serious.
According to me, they were both great and interesting characters and while Four relatively suffered more, I still find myself to be a little partial towards Jace. I am a sucker for sassy and sarcastic characters and therefore couldn’t help but choose Jace for this one. Also, as admirable as Four may be, he wasn’t able to secure a place in my heart like Jace did.
for a very lame reason the winner this time, is Jace. I’ll trust my mind to come up with a better comparison next time.
Your turn. Between Jace and Tobias, which one would you have chosen? Leave me a comment.