Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Top Ten Favorite Literary Characters

     Here it is, my top ten list of favorite literary characters. Below are ten of the most awesome characters in literature, in fact, if you read this, your head might explode due to the amount of awesomeness. Read at your own risk. Also, don't forget to tell me who your favorite literary characters are!

10.  Bilbo Baggins
Bilbo Baggins undergoes one of the greatest transformations of all time. He is just an ordinary hobbit who is afraid of adventures in the beginning of The Hobbit and, because of Gandalf, he fights giant spiders, gets captured by wood elves, and steals treasures from a dragon. Bilbo Baggins goes from boring to awesome in only 320 pages. Awesome.

Favorite Quote:
“Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!” --The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

9. Jean Valjean
Whether it be the book, the musical, or the movie, the character of Jean Valjean from the story of Les Miserable is truly an inspiration of forgiveness and spiritual development. In the beginning of the story, Jean Valjean is a convict and because of the wise words and compassion of a priest, he changes into a completely different person. It's this transformation that makes Jean Valjean one of my favorite literary characters.

Favorite Quote:
"The pupil dilates in the night and at last finds day in it, even as the soul dilates in misfortune, and at last finds God in it."--Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

8. Lisbeth Salander
If you've read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, you know that Lisbeth Salander is one crazy, messed up chick. Her past is mysterious as much as it is terrifying and her mind and thoughts are absolutely impenetrable. The character of Lisbeth Salander is baffling and fascinating which is why she's on my list. 

Favorite Quote:
"'Martin...I just found out that Martin was killed in a car accident last night.'
'That's sad,' Salander said, taking a sip of her own coffee." --The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

7. Holden Caulfield
Although Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye can be overly cynical from time to time but there's something strangely relatable about him. I find that many of his pessimistic evaluations of the world are absolutely true but no one wants to believe it. Holden Caulfield is one of the most intricate literary characters of our time.

Favorite Quote:
"Don't ever tell anybody anything.  If you do, you start missing everybody." --The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger  

6. Screwtape
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is one of the most creatively ingenious books of our time. The book is about a fictional demon who is mentoring his nephew on how to tempt a human to reject Christianity. Each letter is so ingeniously evil and even disturbing at times and although it's fictional, you'll look at sin an entirely different way.

Favorite Quote:
"The safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts." --The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

5. Margo Roth Spiegelman
Margo Roth Spiegelman is not your ordinary fictional character, she is mysterious and awesome at practical jokes. But she is also a reflection of every person who pretends to be someone they're not which is pretty much everyone. You'll have to read the book to really understand what I mean but for now you'll just have to take my word that the character of Margo Roth Spiegelman is incredibly thought provoking.

Favorite Quote:
"What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person." — Paper Towns by John Green

4. Elizabeth Bennet
I love the high spirited and bold the protagonist of Pride and Prejudice. I'd like to think that I'm like her, and in some ways I am, but there are many attributes she has that I hope I can have one day. But the thing I love the most about her is that she is far from perfect and I can definitely relate to that.

Favorite Quote:
"There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it." --Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

3. Mr. Darcy
In the beginning of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy may not be selfless and humble like Mr. Bingley but as his love for Elizabeth Bennet grows, he begins to change for the better. His character evolves throughout the story and even though he isn't perfect, neither is Elizabeth. So, in the end, their imperfections make them perfect for each other. That's why he's awesome.

Favorite Quote:
"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." --Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. Hamlet
There is something fascinating about the character of Hamlet from Shakespeare's famous play. He goes from just a regular guy into a crazy maniac but his dissent into insanity is complex and intricate. You could study Hamlet for ears and still not fully understand his character.

Favorite Quote:
"God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another." --Hamlet by William Shakespeare

1. Edmund Pevensie
 I met Edmund Pevensie when I was about nine years old and I've been in love with him ever since. In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he was selfish and skeptical and eventually he turned into a person I wish I could be like. I consider the character of Edmund Pevensie to be the most well-developed characters in literature and that is why he is number one on my list. And since he's number one, I'm putting up two quotes by him.

Favorite Quotes:
"But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did." --The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

"There was a frightful roar and something hit me with a bang, but it didn't hurt. And I felt not so much scared as - well, excited." --The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis


JMS said...

That's a great list! Whenever I come across readers of the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, they usually fall in love with Salander too. I agree with the Elizabeth Bennett character as well. She's remarkable in her femininity and courage.
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