Favourite Characters in Fiction

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Favourite Characters in Fiction

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Thu May 11, 2017 3:31 am

The title of the topic about says it all. Who are your favourite characters in fiction?

I will say that there are some people in books who I'd love to meet. Here. Maybe even spend some time with. Sometimes I wish they were real life enough that when I see someone who looks like a favourite character in a book, I'm inclined to like them a bit more than maybe they warrant, just based on their appearance. Which is perhaps silly, but there it is.

The same can go for non-favourite characters too. An accidental resemblance to someone who is distinctly not my cup of tea from a story can put a damper on a friendship before it even has a chance to start... <_<

So who are your favourite characters in fiction? Who do you love to open the book and fall into the story and just be with them sometimes? Are there people in books who you delight to meet -- in the book and have no wish to meet except in that book? Are there people you like so much you would want to actually live in that story (a la Inkheart) and in their world, just to be with them?

If you feel like it, who are some non-favourite characters too? Same questions.

In which book(s) did you meet this person, these people? Is it a single individual or a group of people? Are they 2-leggers or werewolves or vampires or ... what?

Speaking of werewolves and meeting people, I would definitely say that The Marrok (Bran) -- from the Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs -- is a favourite of mine, as are Charles and Anna. Yes, yes, and I really like Mercy and Adam, too. Would I like to live in their world?

Oh, yes. They do brownies.

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Re: Favourite Characters in Fiction

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:52 pm

Ah. Well. We are reading Alanna now ... and yes, there is someone I've met in the book who I'd love to meet.

“There's plenty more fish in the sea than Prince Jonathan," he told her softly. "And this particular fish loves you with all his crooked heart."

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

I would so love to meet George. He also shows up in others of the Tortall series ... oh, in all of them. Heh. :wub:

ps - In honor of our June book (Alanna), I changed my avatar to that of a person from Tortall. That is Terrier, also known as Beka Cooper.
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Re: Favourite Characters in Fiction

Postby Hannah R Thomas » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:00 am

Even though this is the screenplay, you can tell that Newt Scamander, in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them: The Original Screenplay, is an awkward character that I can feel that I can relate to and thus, one of my favorite characters in the fiction and magical world before Harry Potter's time. He sparks this character that feels like he's not good around people, but yet has a nature of being comfortable around beasts. (I know that there are other people who can relate to Newt as they could be more comfortable with doing a certain subject with getting away from people from time to time.)
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Re: Favourite Characters in Fiction

Postby Rowan Oswald » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:28 pm

Lyra Silvertongue in His Dark Materials (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) is still my absolute favourite character, despite all the books I have read since meeting her back when I was a precocious nine year old. I have just reread the Northern Lights and fallen in love with Lyra all over again. She's fierce and determined and incredibly brave. She stands up for people and shouts to be heard. Those are all things I admire about her. The part which went over my child-selfs head, was how much I also adore her daemon Pantelimon, who is a part of Lyra in animal form. He's more cautious, gentler, much more emphatic than she is. He's often the voice of reason she ignores, but at times he's also the one encouraging her and helping her to figure things out. Of the two, I'd want Pantelimon to like me, because I feel like he's a better judge of character.
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Re: Favourite Characters in Fiction

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:29 am

I have a new favourite character, from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Yes, it is Simon. I haven't the foggiest of why either. He's not born a Shadowhunter (demon killer), he starts out as a mundane in a band which never plays music much, gets turned into a rat, becomes a vampire, becomes the one and only Day Lighter, gets tossed into prison and then manages to help save some other folks, even while being a vampire, is healed of that but loses his memory of who he is, while helping to save everybody again. Becomes a Shadowhunter.

Oh. Maybe all that is why he is a new favourite. :wub:

Besides, he was on the cover of the book (Shadowhunter Academy) which started my reading all of that series!
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