Top Ten All Time Favourite Characters in Books
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AH! This is like making me choose between my children! I mean, if I had children. Oh goodness…no idea if I can pull this off. Would have preferred if this category was a little more narrow (ten favourite villains, ten favourite heroines, etc.) but okay… I can do this. Also, I’m going to contain myself to ONE character for each book/series because otherwise I will go crazy.
10. Nynaeve al’Meara from the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Nynaeve is completely stubborn, super talented, and has a heart of gold. She thinks that her view is the right view and there is no way to get her to think otherwise. I’ve always identified really well with Nynaeve, which may be one of the reasons I love her love interest, Lan, so much too.
Nynaeve image by G-a-t-i-n-h-a.
9. Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Warner is everything I love to see in a love interest and villain. He’s completely obsessed with Juliette, is convinced he’s in love with her, and has a totally tortured past. I want to swoon because of him and psychoanalyse him at the same time!
8. Ty MacFarlane from Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher
Very similar to Warner, Ty makes me question my judgement on men…in a good way. I think. Ty has some very serious issues, but his heart is in the right place…mostly. And that’s what makes him such an interesting character.
7. Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
Frankie is my hero. She stands up for herself and shows the guys a thing or to. She makes mistakes, but that’s what growing up is about. Her strength is inspiring to me because she faces down things I struggle with every day.
6. Alanna of Trebond from Songs of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce
Alanna was the first female character I truly looked up to. She is AWESOME! She’s loyal and hard-working and totally brave. She was the first character that showed me you can be feminine and still be kick ass.
Alanna image by Tagyr.
5. Augustus Waters from The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Dear, dear Augustus. I adore that Augustus does things for its metaphorical resonance. I love that as much as he is such a big character, he is also a very stunted character. There was so much room for growth. So many things he still needed to learn and understand.
4. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
What can I say about Katsa that I haven’t gushed about already? I freaking love that she is so terrified of herself and yet she is freaking badass! She’s brave and focused and caring and totally set in her ways. The growth of Katsa’s character in Graceling is one of my favourite character arcs EVER.
3. Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I love Finnick because at first you think he’s this total flirt-a-holic that sleeps around with everyone and is mostly an airhead. AND THEN you find out there are LAYERS to his character and it TEARS YOU APART. So. Much. Tearing.
2. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The more I reread P&P the more I appreciate Darcy as a character. I mean, sure, he’s hot and he’s rich and all that, but it’s his awkwardness that totally gets me. The boy doesn’t know how to talk to people he’s never met before. I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THAT. Darcy is me if I was a man born rich in the Austen-era…
1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Hermione freaking Granger. While I remain disappointed by the end of her story, the journey itself was pretty awesome. She’s smart and hard-working and loyal (are you seeing a theme here?). She basically saved the world. I think she showed a lot of people that being a bookworm isn’t a bad thing and that it’s okay to care about things a lot.