blo Teens Read and Write: Character Connection – Karrin Murphy

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Character Connection – Karrin Murphy

Character Connection is hosted by The Introverted Reader and is a chance to spotlight the characters we love!

My favorite series is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. If you’re not familiar with these books, and you enjoy urban fantasy, you’re missing out. Read these books! 

In the world of The Dresden Files, magic is real, along with vampires, demons, spirits, faeries, werewolves and other mythical monsters. Harry Dresden works to protect the general public, who are ignorant of magic and the dark forces conspiring against them. This makes it difficult for Harry to get by as a working wizard and private eye. 

Murphy is a Chicago Police officer in the Special Investigations (or "S.I.") division, which is appointed to all cases in which something unexplainable or supernatural is involved. In the past, transfer to SI has been a way for the department to get rid of out-of-favor officers. Murphy, on the other hand, took the post seriously, going so far as to hire the only wizard in the phone book, Harry Dresden.

Sure I love Harry Dresden, wizard of Chicago, but Butcher shines with his supporting characters, and Karrin Murphy is the ultimate gem. And she’s a fantastic female role model for young women. 

I know that there are lots of great kick-butt female protagonists in urban fantasy but most of them have some sort of supernatural skill as well. That’s where Karrin is different. She’s human. No supernatural skills whatsoever. She doesn’t need them.  

She’s smart, tough, loyal, brave, witty, wise-cracking, independent, inventive, fearless, adaptable and kind. She always takes the moral high ground. She always keeps her promises. She always has Harry’s back. She’ll sacrifice her own well being for others. She goes to church. She’s sexy in cute way, and she kicks-butt – and all this is packed into a petite 5’2” blonde. 

A mega martial arts specialist, savvy detective, and expert marksman (she makes her own ammunition), she puts all the macho guys to shame (not that Harry ever claims to be macho) while never losing her femininity. 

Her only flaw is not giving in to her obvious romantic love for Harry. Oh, well, I guess she can’t be perfect. 

The Dresden files are fantastic reads for urban fantasy loving young adults – fast-paced creative plots, characters with depth, terrific writing, minimal sex and language (honestly there’s more sex and language in a lot of the YA I read). With so many wimpy, whiny, will-you-just-do-something-already female protagonists in teen fiction, Karrin Murphy is a (completely human) breath of fresh and inspiring air. 

Teenage girls should read The Dresden Files and get to know Karrin Murphy. She’s a real (did I mention she’s human?) role model and hero!

And she’s getting her own story – kind of. Side Jobs (pub: Nov 2010) is an anthology with a bunch of short stories about Harry and his world. One is called, Aftermath, which takes place 45 minutes after Changes (just released this month with a major cliffhanger which Butcher has never done before) and is told from Karrin’s point of view.

All twelve books in the series have been from Harry’s first person POV. I’m not usually a big anthology fan, but I’ll be devouring this one. Can she pull Harry out of the fire again? Let’s hope so.
Go Karrin!
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Unknown said...

Wow, Karrin sounds like a good all round gal! I feel a little ashamed. I had not even heard of this series until I read your post. It actually sounds like something I would really enjoy. Great post Jake!

Whitney said...

It sounds like Karrin has got it all going on! This looks like a very interesting series of books that like Becky, I had never heard of before.

The Book Mole said...

I have never read urban fantasy and am not familiar with this series. Karrin sounds like quite a girl though - thanks for introducing me to a new genre!

Jen at Introverted Reader said...

Fantastic post! I just read Storm Front a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I didn't feel like I got to know Murphy that well, but I definitely liked what I saw. You're right in saying that she's a great role model. All that self-confidence and take-no-crap attitude was pretty refreshing. I'm glad to know that I'll be seeing more of her as I work my way through the series.

Kathy Martin said...

Did I understand you to say that Changes ends on a cliffhanger? I just got to page 202 last night. Tell me that isn't true!

There are lots of great characters in the Dresden books. I happen to be a big fan of his dog Mouse too. And what about Molly, his apprentice?

This is a great book series.

Natasa said...

Wow! What an amazing character analysis. I've been hearing so many great stuff about the Dresden Files, but you're the one to finally get it into my head to order the books from the Book Depository.

Thanks for such a fantastic post!

All the best,

Sullivan McPig said...

She sounds cool. I never really got into the Dresden books though. i read one short story and it just didn't click

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I've been meaning to start this series. Karrin sounds awesome! It's good to hear that guys appreciate her, too.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I really really really want to see this show.

bookaholic said...

I will just use adjectives to show my reaction to the post-Lovely,Awesome,Cool!!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

Looks awesome. Lovely post

Cherry said...

My favourite character in the Dresden Files is Mouse. But Karrin comes a close second!

Kelsey said...

This series and the characters sound great!

Jan von Harz said...

What a great review. Have not read this but definitely sound like I should and that I would love it. Thanks. Have a great weekend.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Thanks you for participating in The Saturday Network!

Karrin definitely sounds kick-butt, lol, especially that her only "weakness" (hey, I'm a girl) is her love. I guess I've been missing out on this series, so I'll have to remedy that error! :)

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