Monday, April 23, 2012

Top 10 Favorite Characters from Books (TTT #16)


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly bookish meme hosted by


 This week's list topic is...


TOP 10 FAVORITE CHARACTERS FROM BOOKS



1. Leif Helgarson (Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne)
I have not minced words on this blog about how much I adore Leif Helgarson from IDC. I simply love him! He's just quirky enough to make me laugh, but handsome like a Regency gentleman. He is in fact still “Regency” in his mind, since that time period never really left him. He's an old-timey vampire living in our era, and he just doesn't understand anything modern. That's why he's so much fun to read about!


2. Puck (Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa)
As I read this series, I started out being a bigger fan of Ash than Puck, but after reading “Summer's Crossing,” (a short story about Puck), I realized I loved him more than Ash! He's just too fun. Not that I dislike Ash now, but Puck had hidden wonderfulness I never picked up on until then.

3. Ash (Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa)
See? I still like Ash—only I'd rank him a teensie bit lower than Puck nowadays. But, still he's third on this list. It's hard not to like this pretty ice prince with a warm core.






4. Jem Carstairs (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)
Silver hair, silver eyes and such a sweetheart of a guy. I love Jem because he's the nice best friend type who is always there for Tessa without being annoying, or in the way. He's a true gentleman and I don't know how anyone could not love him. But, alas, he's always playing second fiddle to Will (I just made the best allusion to Jem's violin playing. I rock!).

5. Oberon (Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne)
This list wouldn't be complete without adding the big hairy telepathic pooch of the Iron Druid Chronicles series. Yes, it's Oberon, Atticus' Irish wolfhound! If you want to get inside the head of the funniest fictional animal ever created, then head on over to these books. As he says, which is very reflective of his one-track mind, <Bacon is the Way and the Truth.>



6. Mr. Charles Bingley (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
I'm one of those weird P&P fans that actually is a bit more partial to Mr. Bingley than I am to Mr. Darcy. He's a character that seems so cute and agreeable to be around, it's a shame he's not in the book more. But, no. Of course, he must also play second fiddle to his heroic superior because, apparently, wonderful men are not interesting enough to young women. I suppose I'm just not that young anymore.

7. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
But, that doesn't mean I don't like Mr. Darcy—of course I do! I'm not immune to his charms and his personification portrayed by Mr. Colin Firth in the BBC television adaptation. For some reason, he still manages to be amazing, even if I still tell myself I'm more of a Bingley woman.




8. Mr. Jingle (The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens)
He is the villain character in this very early novel by Mr. Dickens, and is completely off his rocker. I love how he talks and how he just generally comes off like he needs more minutes in each hour. Is he rushed, or something? He clips off everything he says. I think he would have loved texting had he been written during our day and age.

9. Elder (Across the Universe by Beth Revis)
Yes! It is Ben Barnes in this photo! Anyway... I don't even know why I like Elder so much, but I just do. There's a je ne sais quoi about him that I can't put my finger on, but I think he's a very interesting YA hero. Perhaps it's because he has so much responsibility thrust on him at a very young age. He has to make impossible choices before he's old enough to really understand what the consequences are. Not to mention his unique situation. He's so interesting.

10. Orihime Inoue (BLEACH manga by Tite Kubo)
This entire list, and no ladies so far? I feel the need to include at least one, even though I honestly don't favor the female characters in books all that much. I don't know why that is. So, to include one on this list, I have no choice but to include Orihime Inoue. My favorite female fictional character isn't from a novel series, but a Japanese manga. I heart her SO much! Beautiful, silly, and super sweet. That's my Orihime-girl....


Who are your favorite fictional characters from books? 

28 comments:

  1. ahh, love this post! my favorite is Elder. I heart him. Ben Barnes is an awesome portrayal.

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    1. Thanks, Ash! Yeah, Elder rocks. Young Ben Barnes looks just like him in my head, lol.

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  2. Argh. I need to read....um...like all of these! I'm so behind the times. :(

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    1. @Jenny: Get with it, girl! Just kidding... That's okay. You should read what interests you. ;)

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  3. Hard choice between Ash and Mr. Darcy. Well, not really. Mr. Darcy would win. But Ash would win over almost anyone else. Great choices.

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    1. @Alison: Yeah, people like Mr. Darcy better, but I'm not sure I do. At least he and Ash are on the same Top 10 list for me.

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  4. Great list! Jem! Ash! Definitely two characters that I especially love. I almost included a dog, Manchee from Chaos Walking, on my list too, haha.

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    1. @Steph: Oh, why didn't you include Manchee! Talking dogs are the best. Thanks for visiting. :D

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  5. Yay for Jem Carstairs! Awesome list!=D

    Drop by my Top 10?

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  6. Love the fiddle joke ha! Jem made my list too, what a great friend.

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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    1. @Marissa: Thanks! I'll have to go see your list for this week.

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  7. You had me at Ben Barnes!! Although I never was able to finish Across The Universe because the library wanted it back. I'm with the majority on the Darcy/Bingley thing. Although I love Bingley and think he's so sweet and amazing, having to be married to him would drive me crazy. If only because he'd let people walk all over him and would be polite about it. He'd be all wrong for Elizabeth. Is it strange that I find all the anime guys much more attractive than the real life guys bar Ben??

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    1. @Lan: I know, right? I thought a young Ben Barnes with short hair would be a dead-ringer for Elder, so I actually found a pic of him at that age. Gorgeous.

      I think I like that about Bingley, and I would protect him from such people walking all over him. He's also a very socially high-up person, so I'm sure people would respect him for that.

      The anime guys are meant to be more attractive than real life men. Real ones simply can't compete. Too bad they are all fictional, lol.

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    2. I just read on a blog about Hollywood whitewashing that Elder is apparently African American! There goes that movie casting :) I guess Ben can be in my movie then.

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    3. @Lan: Well, there was no reason for me to believe Elder was black, so I'll believe that if Revis were to confirm it. Everyone on Godspeed is mono-ethnic, which could mean anything. Everyone in the U.S. has to make race, white vs. black, about everything. It's ridiculous!

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  8. Yay for the cuteness of Mr Bingley and the sexiness of Mr Darcy!

    My TTT: http://www.pocketfulofbooks.com/2012/04/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-characters-in.html

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  9. Some Good Ones here and Ive got Mr.Darcy on my list
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  10. I liked Harley more than Elder, and I don't know why. Haha. Elder is a great character! I'm dying to read A Million Suns, but I don't have a copy, yet. Great list! :))

    My Top Ten Favorite Character

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  11. Oh Puck & Ash!!! <3 I love them!

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  12. Haha! I was able to guess the first four on your list. Great choices, Cathy. Thaks for sharing!

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  13. I adore most of the characters you mentioned: Leif, Oberon, Puck, Ash, Orihime. I haven't read the Infernal Devices series so I haven't met Jem yet, but I am intrigued.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/top-ten-tuesday-22-all-time-favorite.html

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  14. Looks like a great list, although I haven't read any of them... I'll be reading the Iron Fey soon though!
    Feel free to visit my list :)

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  15. Ha, I love the Oberon made you list! French poodles, anyone? :) Great list, BTW!

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    1. @Camille: Thanks. How could Oberon not make my list? LOL.

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  16. Bingley is nice, yes, but weak. First he lets his best friend talk him into leaving the girl he loves, then he pretty much waits for permission to go back to her. He'd be nice to go out with, but heaven help you if you ever needed his support in a crisis!:-)

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  17. I haven't read the Pickwick Papers, but now I want to just to meet Mr. Jingle :)

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    1. @Angela: He's really funny and crazy!

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