Tuesday 24 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers make lists about books and other suitably bookish things.  This week we'e doing our all time favourite characters!

So this post could definitely prove to be a tough one. I have a LOT of favourite characters. A lot a lot. More than ten. Let's how this works out, then...

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Okay, so I don't actually like Katniss a whole lot. Don't beat me up about it, she's not ridiculously likeable. That's something that's touched on in the books a lot. But she is a great character, and definitely has something to do with kickass heroines turning up around the place more often. Not that I mean to insinuate kickass heroines are based on her, because they're probably not, just that publishers and film makers see that it brings people in, and people want to see and read things about people who kick butt regardless of gender.

2. Tris from Divergent. Similar reasons as above, really. Also, her character development is awesome, and she's just, you know, awesome. (Cicely Wynne, Queen of Eloquent Wording.)

3. Magnus Bane from every book Cassandra has written ever. Magnus is completely fabulous, and I want him to be my friend very much so. I adore him, and nothing he did could ever make me not thing he's one of the best characters ever.

4. Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. I know what you're thinking, Cicely's read GoT?! When did that happen? Well, if you thought that, then you're wrong. I haven't, but I have full intentions of reading them at some point. I do, however, watch the TV show, and seeing as it's based on a book, I figured picking Tyrion would be okay. He's my favourite character in the whole of GoT, and I don't really know why. He's just brilliant.

5. Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games. I spoke about this in a lot more detail in my recent review of THG. I don't think Woody did him full justice in the film, though he gave a damn good try, but he's so full of hidden depths and pain. Just think about how much e must hurt all the time. He's not an asshole, he's just constantly suffering and needs to take whatever solace he can find. Even if it's alcohol. Everyone knows he's a good guy, really.

6. Matilda from Matilda. I think I spent a majority of my childhood wanting to be her, even if she was really, really lonely. She was a freaking genius and COULD MOVE THINGS WITH HER MIND. Ever think there's a reason I read so much? One day, I'll be telekinetic just like Matilda! (NB: Just kidding. Maybe.)

7. Sherlock Holmes from the Sherlock Holmes canon. Come on, guys, he's Sherlock Holmes! Everyone loves Sherlock Holmes! Apart from everyone because he's kind of arrogant and a druggie, but hey! I still love him ;)

8. Christian Ozera from the Vampire Academy series. So, I still haven't read the last books and I don't know if Christian goes all horrible psycho and stuff (but I don't think he will), and I love Rose and Dimka and Lissa and everything, but as I've said a lot of times, Christian is just one of my favourites. 

9. Brimstone from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I don't know if you're starting to notice a trend here, because I am... But yes. Brimstone is a great character! Full of amorality and secrets, with all the bonus of being a Chimera! Woo hoo!

10. the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. The first amoral, sarcastic talking cat I ever came across. And you know I couldn't have a post like this and *not* include an amoral sarcastic talking cat. I think that should be a bonafide character type, like Manic Pixie Dream Girl, or Mary-Sue, only they, unlike these two, should be in ALL THE BOOKS.

So yeah, for all my talking about Kick Ass heroines at the start of this post, turns out a lot of my favourite characters are horrifically sarcastic and secretly either lovely or brilliant. Or both. And characters like that are more often than not male... Well, it's interesting to me, anyway. You probably just want this to be over with. I concur.


  1. Aw, Matilda! I read the book once when I spent the holidays at my cousin's place; it was so magical. I loved the book and I really wanted to be Matilda for a while too :)

  2. Totally agree about Katniss!! She's on my list, but I don't REALLY like her character all that much, she's just interesting.

  3. Im a new follower
    Some Good Ones here :)

  4. I agree with so many of these! Tyrion is freaking awesome. Katniss and Tris are bad ass. Matilda is incredible. Great picks!

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

  5. YES for Matilda and The Cat!
    And I love your analysis of Haymitch. Accurate, methinks.
    And I agree: Katniss isn't likable, but she is a great character.
    Feel free to visit my list :)

  6. There are some great choices here, I think you're right about Haymitch, I thought he was a great character in the books, but it didn't really come through in the film. I love Tyrion too, although I ended up picking Arya for my list. Tyrion definitely gets some of the best lines (and the best schemes!).

  7. Agreed with what you say about haymitch! my friends and I discussed that very same thing. Agreed about Katniss. Tris is pretty awesome, cant wait for Insurgent. And, oh yes- Magnus!

  8. Katniss is on my list too, as is Tris. They're both so strong, and that's why I love them! And I adore Magnus' character, although I forgot to put him on my list. And Sherlock Holmes is awesome. 100% awesome.

  9. I love how diverse your list is. Sherlock is just...yeah, everyone has to love Sherlock. I adore both Katniss and Tris, think they're fabulous. Magnus Bane is like, the best character EVER

    The Cait Files

  10. I love your list and I agree with what you said about Katiness.

  11. I agree with you about Haymitch. Everyone just takes him as a grumpy raging alcoholic, but he is so much more than that. Great post, and you have a new follower as well. :) Please check out mine: My TTT<--- :)

  12. Matilda is a great choice! My daughter would watch that movie over and over when she was little. It was too cute when she would quote along. New follower via GFC :)
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog


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