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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Favorite Characters EVER: Sam, Anne, Lizzy and More

Literary agent uber-blogger Nathan Bransford has opened a post with, like, the biggest question one can ask: your favorite character.

His own are rather erudite and sound a bit like they would overlap a bit with my h-l-p's favorites.
Sherlock Holmes? Quentin Compson? Jay Gatsby? Zaphod Beeblebrox? Willy Wonka? Leopold Bloom? Ahab? The whale?
I would agree that these are badass characters, but I might counter Quentin with Caddy or Dilsey, Jay with Daisy, Willy with Matilda, and Leo with Molly ;)

The most popular characters so far in the comments definitely line up with my sensibilities: Lizzy Bennet, Anne Shirley (of Green Gables), Jane Eyre and Samwise Gamgee are hauling in the votes in a most major way, and I applaud all of them. I also found some good ones in the comments: Kit Tyler from The Witch of Blackbird Pond (WIN!!), Scarlett and Rhett, Atticus, Scout and Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Others I love, a bit randomly: Mr. Rochester, Hermione Granger + Albus Dumbledore, Meg Murray + Vicky Austin, Anne Eliot + her Cap'n, Will Ladislaw + Mary Garth, Aunt Bestey Trotwood+ the Micawbers, Edmund Sparkler + PANCKS, George Emerson, his Dad + Mr. Beebe, Viola, Horatio, Emilia, and a host of others.

Oh also Edward Cullen! (JK-sorta-not-really-hangs head in shame).

Who else is missing from this list?

7 comments:

  1. Have you read Kathryn Magendie's Tender Graces yet? When you do, Virginia Kate will take her rightful place on your list.

    I have a soft spot for Mrs. Madrigal, of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series.

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  2. A few of my favourites (Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre) have been mentioned, but I'd like to add Sam Weller (from Pickwick Papers) and Commander Adam Dalgliesh (created by P.D. James).

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  3. My personal tastes run a bit more toward the modern lit so my faves reflect that. So I'll add to the already mentioned Billy Pilgrim (Slaughterhouse Five), Holden Caulfield, Augustus McCrae & Clara Allen(from Lonesome Dove), and Sal Paradise & Dean Moriarty (from On the Road).

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  4. Oh most definitely Lizzie Bennett and Mr. Darcy.

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  5. Anonymous5:22 PM

    Harriet from "The Little Friend." Such a great book! -Kim

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  6. Maggie6:40 PM

    Looks like some favorites are already listed so i'll add Lady Harriet from "Wives and Daughters" and Henry Tilney.

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  7. I;m going to second Henry Tilney (sorry for omitting him Maggie!) and Mrs. Madrigal. And my lady detectives: Mma Ramatsowe, Isabel Dalhousie, and of course Miss Marple.

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