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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books

24 Apr

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books and boy is this going to be a difficult list to make. There are so many characters I ADORE and it will be incredibly difficult to narrow it down to just ten.

Well, here goes nothin’!

1. Mara Jade from the Heir to the Empire trilogy by Timothy Zahn. I will always love her. She’s badass, compassionate, stubborn, loyal and a fighter. I usually cosplay as her for my yearly trip to DragonCon and she is the reason I began dying my hair red, so my love for this character runs pretty deep.

2. Laura Ingalls Wilder from the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When I was tiny I wanted to grow up to be Laura Ingalls Wilder and as an adult I’m still sometimes disappointed life didn’t work out that way. it was somewhere between Laura and Jo March that I decided I wanted to eventually be a writer.

3. Aerin from The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. Every time I read this book I am amazed by Aerin’s sheer determination in the face of ridicule and other’s disappointment. She’s an inspiration and a role model on top of being one of my all time favorite fantasy characters.

4. Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I adore his snarkiness and look forward to his sarcasm. I was sad to part with him at the end of the Vampire Academy, and then become beyond excited to learn he would play a role in the Bloodlines series.

5. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables (and it’s sequels by L.M. Mongomery. I love Anne Shirley so very much and I read this books over and over as a kid/teen. I came to an even better understanding and appreciation of the kind of person Anne is as my most recent re-read of some of the books was from the perspective of an adult. I’m just still hoping to find my own Gilbert.

6. Jo March from Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. If I could be any character in YA literature it would be a toss-up between Jo March and Hermione Granger. Jo March was the character who I most identified with as a child; she was a tomboy, loved her sisters fiercely and aspired to see the world and be an author, it was everything I wanted for myself!

7. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Out of all of the characters in The Hunger Games trilogy I think that I love Peeta the best. He is the only truly kind and good person to exist in the entire series, and while some argue that it’s a flaw in the character (that he’s too one-dimensional) I think he was exactly what the book needed in this work of greed and dishonesty. His change in Mockingjay was one of the things that hit me the hardest in the entire series and I struggled with it until the end of the book.

8. Mia Hall from If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman. In reading If I Stay, I related with Mia in a way that I’ve never been able to with another character. It was both Mia’s strong relationship with her family and the fact the she was a teenage girl that played the cello that drew me to her. I adore Mia and I admire her strength, I’m honestly not sure I’d ever been able to make that same choice.

9. Will Parry from the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. As much as I adore Lyra, I think I loved Will a bit more. The devotion and care he gave to his mother was so outstanding in a boy of his age. He was the perfect foil and partner for Lyra. I’m still heartbroken over the end of The Amber Spyglass.

10. Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. I’ll admit the first time I read the books I simply adored Neville as my favorite of the side characters (along with Fred and George). However in subsequent re-reads and in noticing details strewn through the series I started to see Neville for the person that he truly was and I understood an empathized with him in a way that I never did with Harry (In fact Harry barely even cracks my list of top ten characters in his own series!). By the end of the seventh book when he had his moment of glory I was rooting for Neville so hard I almost forgot that the book was about Harry. (Also, if anyone reads fanfic, there is an incredible one about Neville that I heavily recommend).

Honourable Mentions:
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.
Fred & George Weasley  from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.
Jill from the Novels of Deverry by Katherine Kerr

What are you top ten all-time favorite characters in books and why did they make the cut? Can’t wait to see who everyone else has in their list!

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17 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books

  1. Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

    25 April, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    What a great list! Laura Ingalls Wilder made it onto my Top Ten this week too. Jo March and Anne Shirley are completely wonderful characters as well 🙂

     
  2. Jennifer (@feministfairy)

    24 April, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I need to read The Hero and the Crown…I love McKinley’s writing! I adore Neville and I think your explanation is so perfect. Ditto on Peeta as well. There is nothing wrong with being a genuinely nice person! Thanks for visiting!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

     
  3. dreams and swords

    24 April, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    our lists are very similar!! I had Anne, Jo, Mia, and Hermione. I loved Peeta, but Katniss made my list. Great choices!

     
    • Breaking the Binding

      24 April, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I had a hard time choosing between Katniss and Peeta for this list, but I went with Peeta cause I had a fairly good representation of strong women already! I love them both though.

       
  4. Briana

    24 April, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books of all time! I wish I could have had Anner as a friend. Like Diana, I could have used someone who could come up with such imaginative names for things.

    I don’t think Peeta is one-dimenational. Or that being a nice person should make you one-dimensoinal. Good people actually exist!

     
  5. Shoeless

    24 April, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Neville was great…he’s definitely the character that grew the most throughout the series. Laura Ingalls Wilder was another good one. Can’t believe I left her off!

     
    • Breaking the Binding

      24 April, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Laura has been one of my favorite characters since I began reading. My love for her never wavers 🙂

       
      • Shoeless

        24 April, 2012 at 11:09 am

        I totally understand! I even had her cookbook…and even though I’ll never cook anything from it, I just haven’t had the heart to get rid of it.

         
  6. Karen D.

    24 April, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Okay, this needs to be a top 20 list because I keep finding ones I want to add to mine. Aerin from The Hero and the Crown is awesome and I cannot believe I forgot about her!
    My Top Ten

     
    • Breaking the Binding

      24 April, 2012 at 10:28 am

      I’m so glad to find someone else who loves “The Hero and the Crown”! So many people I talk to have never read it and that makes me so sad.

      I’m with you on the top 20 list though, I keep finding more characters I forgot about as I read other lists.

       
  7. Lauren@THCW

    24 April, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Anne Shirley! Oh, Anne-with-an-e, what a wonderful character. I grew up on Anne of Green Gables. I still kind of have a crush on Gilbert Blythe.

    And Jo March. *sigh* I also am still kind of mad she rejected Laurie! But you’re right, she’s a fabulous character.

    Love that you included some “classic” characters on your list. I may need to add an “Honorable Mention” section to my post as well…

    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten Tuesday!

     
    • Breaking the Binding

      24 April, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I’m right there with you in regards to still harboring a teeny crush in Gilbert Blythe! *sigh* I adored him.

      Thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait to see what characters you’d add as honorable mentions!

       
      • Lauren@THCW

        24 April, 2012 at 10:29 am

        I updated mine with Honorable Mentions (which may look a little familiar to you…) Take a look!

         
  8. Kristin Hafling

    24 April, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I did grow fonder of Adrian after reading Bloodlines but I agree I loved his snarkiness too Thanks for checkin out my blog

     
    • Breaking the Binding

      24 April, 2012 at 9:47 am

      It’s hard to read Bloodlines and not grow fond of Adrian, but that;s just my opinion 🙂 I look forward to checking out more posts in the future!

       
  9. Nose in a Book

    24 April, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Great list- we have so many characters in common! I loved how strong and mature Will was. I also have so much love for Peeta and Neville. Great list!

     
    • Breaking the Binding

      24 April, 2012 at 9:47 am

      I’m glad you love Will too! Lyra is getting a lot of (well deserved) love and I was beginning to feel like he’d been completely forgotten.

       

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