Discussion: Favourite Characters

Every person who reads has a favourite character or characters.  There are just some characters that you remember years and years after finishing a book.  They speak to you because you can see a part of yourself in them or they have such strong personalities that you can’t forget them.

Harry Potter is, of course, quite a popular favourite and he remains one of my favourites to this day.  I say ‘one of’ because there is no way I can just choose one favourite character when I’ve read quite literally hundreds of books.  One of my most recent favourite characters would have to be Isherwood Williams from Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.  Ish isn’t a perfect person, but he’s resourceful and intelligent.  He makes mistakes and tries to be a good leader of his group while rebuilding civilization in his own manner.  Things don’t turn out quite how he wants them to, but he’s just one of those characters that believably shapes the world he lives in through sheer force of will.

Keeping with the depressing post-apocalyptic theme, Marco of The Return Man is another of my absolute favourites.  Tortured, cynical and at the same time full of hope, he’s a mess of contradictions that in the hands of any other writer would be a terrible character.  But V. M Zito made him believable by giving him an unique backstory that explained his cynical attitude as well as why his past continues to haunt him.  Opposite him at first is Wu, also one of my favourite characters.  Wu isn’t perfect and neither is Marco, but the two of them formed one of those unlikely friendships that just worked well.

I’ve rambled on enough about my favourite characters, so now it’s your turn.  Who is/are your favourite character(s)?  Why?

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13 comments

    • Carrie Slager

      I think Conflicted Draco was much better in the movies because we actually saw a bit more of his inner struggles. But Draco in the book was also pretty conflicted; I just thought they did it better in the movie.

  1. Todd Puglisi

    Henry Winter from ‘The Secret History’.Brilliant,menacing,duplicitous;
    guiding the misguided.I can’t help feeling that his machinations,as selfish as they seemed,were ultimately to give his “flock” what they themselves desired:tobe together always.

  2. Zen A.

    While everyone liked Harry, Ron had always been my favourite. He’s just so underrated! In Little Women, I always had a soft spot for Amy rather than Jo. In Lord of the Rings, I liked Aragorn. In Scarlett, I liked Captain Thorne… come to think of it, I always seem to favour the sidekicks!

    • Carrie Slager

      I liked Harry, but I’d have to say my favourite was Hermione because I could put myself into her shoes. A brainy brunette? That would be me! Going along with the cliche I’d have to say I liked Jo in Little Women, but I read that book probably 5 or 6 years ago.

  3. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    One of my all-time favorite characters would have to be Celie from Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. By giving Celie a voice, the author extends the idea to all women who read and engage with the book, no matter how different their life may be from the main character’s.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s one book I might just have to read! I’ve heard of it but never really got around to reading it, but you’ve intrigued me. A strong female character? That sounds just like me. 🙂

  4. Kelley

    Cinder (from Cinder, of course)! She’s the coolest cyborg I’ve ever met. 🙂

    These aren’t books, but I also adored L from Death Note (well, it’s a manga as well as an anime, so that counts, right?) and I love Snake (both Solid & Naked) from the Metal Gear Solid video game series!

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