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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?


  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.

  2. Anonymous7:23 PM

    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).

  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).

  4. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Oh most definitely Lizzie Bennett and Mr. Darcy.

  5. Anonymous5:22 PM

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

  6. Maggie6:40 PM

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

  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.