Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This weeks Top Ten topic is:
Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books
This is actually quite a broad topic. I’m tempted to specify – maybe top ten all time favourite characters in YA books – but in some ways it would be too easy. So, here are my top ten all time favourite characters in books listed in no particular order.
* Alanna the Lioness & Faithful from the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce (YA)
As I mentioned in last week’s TTT, Alanna is one of my top five kick-ass female heroes. She absolutely rocks. I particularly love her interaction with her cat Faithful. Faithful is quite a funny character, and he usually ends up making me smile.
* Cassel Sharpe from the Curse Worker Trilogy by Holly Black (YA)
Cassel also made it onto last week’s TTT, and he’s on this weeks for pretty similar reasons. There is just something that is infinitely likeable about Cassel. I haven’t managed to read Black Heart yet, so I’ve still got my fingers crossed for him.
* Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
What can I say about Puck?! He is probably my absolute favourite character ever. I love reading about Trickster characters, and Puck is definitely a Trickster.
* Elena Michaels from Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
Elena rocks. She is kick-ass and fights for what she believes in (and she was also on my TTT last week). She is one of my favourite characters because she is so strong, she never gives up.
* Katy Carr from the Carr Family series by Susan Coolidge (YA/MG)
Katy is the kind of character I really enjoy reading about. She’s got a very strong personality and she puts on a front, but underneath that there is a heart of gold. She cares very deeply for her family, and I really enjoy reading her journey.
* Nick Ryves from The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan (YA)
Nick . . . what can I say about Nick? There is just something about Nick that really appeals to me. He’s really difficult to describe, and in him I think Sarah Rees Brennan has created an absolutely brilliant character. There’s no-one quite like him, which all things considered is probably a good thing.
* Julian from The Forbidden Game Trilogy by L. J. Smith (YA)
I think Julian was one of my first literary crushes. I still think he’s brilliant. Julian is the perfect mix of bad boy and love interest. L. J. Smith writes these types of characters quite well, you just have to look at Damon from Vampire Diaries and Nick from The Secret Circle, but with Julian in The Forbidden Game I think she excels.
* Fleabag from The Fleabag Trilogy by Beth Web (YA/MG)
I have a thing from Fleabag because he is a talking cat. I think Beth Webb has managed to capture the qualities of a cat quite well, and I love hearing Fleabag’s thoughts – he’s not always easy to get along with. Then there’s the air of secrecy that hangs around him – there is definitely more to Fleabag than there seems.
* Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
There’s no character quite like Mercy. I love the way she doesn’t quite fit in with the typical female lead in an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance – she’s a car mechanic, and she turns into a coyote. What is not awesome about that?! She keeps all the other characters on their toes – my kind of girl ;)
* Merry Gentry from Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton
From the moment I read the first page of the first book in the series I knew that Merry Gentry would be one of the characters that would stay with me. There’s just something about Merry. She wants to do what is best for everyone, and yet at the same time she can be incredibly selfish. I like the dichotomy of her.
So that was my list, what are your top ten all time favourite characters?