In Her Shoes is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Vanya at YA Story Teller. To participate, simply put yourself in the shoes of a heroine you've recently read about, and then tell what you would do in her stead, or what you've learned from her.
Varis is a first rate guttersnipe. However, she's not of the slut-bitch kind, but of the fighter type. She is fierce, stubborn, determined, rough-edged, proud, although a bit too easily panicked. In additon, she knows how to bite her time, control her temper, weigh the odds and risks for one single goal: survive another day.
Given that, I thought she had great potential to become an amazing heroine, but despite everything that happens to change her life completely, she didn't. Although she's the center of every thought in the books, she just does not gain the depth I would've expected. She gains a lot of other things, like more skills, power, knowledge, influence, insight, and so on - but she still remains too shallow and too much of the guttersnipe she started out as. I got that this is the main threat of her special personality, but the insistence on it really got annoying, especially towards the end. The thoughts and images just reapeated themselves over and over again, making the reader - and Varis - plod on the spot.
Throughout the story, it was constantly an important fact that she grew up in the slums, that it influenced her thoughts, her approaches and actions. That's why I thought she made a great character in general, and many turns showed that, too. However, I can totally understand the importance of it without being reminded every 4th page. You know, it just... grew annoying with her gripping her dagger 24/7 to either keep calm or draw strength, and for any other purpose you can imagine. She just didn't develop very well.
Whose shoes did you step into this week?