Top 10 Literary Characters

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We are still in the depths of this book related month, and will be until the 30th funnily enough. And today I am talking about the characters that I have fallen in love with over the years. They come from a variety of genres and the like and because I’m terrible at sticking to a solid Top 10, this is very much my Top 10 at the moment of writing.

1) Hermione Granger – Harry Potter Series

Obviously I am going to start on my all time, never going to not be on this list, favourite. She is my own true love. I love her. She’s given the time to be complicated and smart and brash and annoying and just fully teenage whilst still being a core part of this badass trio. She was messy and unapologetic for the most part and she got shit done.

2) Katniss Evergreen – Hunger Games Series

Up until I found her mildly annoying at some point in Mockingjay I loved her. I don’t even know at what point I stopped liking her all that much, I just suddenly became very uninvested in her journey and didn’t really care how it ended. In The Hunger Games though I loved how selfless she was and how determined she was just to survive. Her resilience and desire to just get through the whole ridiculous thing was one of my favourite things about her. She never stopped being herself and fighting for what she thought was right, I just sort of tapered off when it came to my interest in her.

3) Ron Weasley – Harry Potter Series

Shockingly the titular character of this series will not feature, but his two best friends will. I am pretty sure I am the President of the Ron Weasley defence squad. I will come for anyone who dares to question his importance in this series. Or dares to question him at all (within reason, I’m not ridiculous, I can see his flaws). There is not much about Ron that I don’t love. And I will forever remain fucked up over the fact that he is the thing that Harry would miss most.

4) Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing  is kinda my jam when in comes to Shakespeare comedies. It’s hilarious. I haven’t come across a version of it that I didn’t like. Ever. I’ve watched the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of it so many times now thats I’ve lost count and it never gets old. The witty banter between Beatrice and Benedict comes across so well in that one. I’ve also studied this play a couple of times and with each analysis I do of it I find myself uncovering new layers to Beatrice that makes me love her more. She’s so atypical for the time and yet very typical for a Shakespeare character and she possess some of the best wit that I’ve ever come across in Shakespeare. I just love her an awful lot.

5) Lady Macbeth – Macbeth

On the total opposite end of the Shakespeare spectrum I then present this one. Lady Macbeth possesses so much agency as a character it’s almost alarming when you put it all into context. But she has it. And she uses it. And she is allowed to use it. And then you get to see what using it does to her and how it affects all those around her. And it’s tragic as all events in this play are.

6) Matilda – Matilda

Matilda was kind of the first character that I ever identified with on some level. That level solely being that she liked to read. I found myself rooting for her throughout as a consequence of that. I wanted the girl who spent most of her time buried in books to get the happy ending and she did and it made me so happy.

7) Paige Mahoney – The Bone Season Series

At some point during The Mime Order I realised that I would defend this character to the death. I don’t even know what changed really. Obviously, the first person narrative kind of puts you into the story in a different way to third person narrative so that kind of changes the way that you interact with a character, but I kind of just thought that I liked the books because of the story and the world building. Then it dawned on me that this was not the case, Paige had wormed her way into my heart and woven her status into my fave characters web and come The Song Rising where everything got so much more intense and I spent the whole damn book fearing for her life I felt exhausted by the time she was sailing away into Book 4. I’m stressed just imagining what is in store for her for the rest of the series, I don’t know if my heart can take much more.

8) Cath – Fangirl

If Matilda was me when I was younger than Cath is me now. In a lot of ways. I didn’t encounter a Levi while I was at uni and I don’t write fanfiction, but in all the other ways I’ve never encountered a character that was so much like me. I think that was why I latched onto her so quickly and continue to hold a special place for her in my heart. There’s just something about the way she is written that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

9) Richard Mayhew – Neverwhere

I don’t talk about this book enough, because I feel like in my Gaiman appreciated American Gods gets all the love because it’s son damn good. But so is this book. And so is Richard Mayhew. I don’t quite know how I would react to discovering this whole new world in the tunnels of London but I do not think it would have been as calmly as he did. There was something so delightful about discovering London Below through Richard’s eyes and I found it so hard not to root for him for to let him leave me alone once I had closed the book for the final time.

10) Amy Dunne – Gone Girl

There was something about turning the page to Part 2 and finding out that it was now Amy’s story that threw me through a loop (even though I had already seen the film and so did know that it was coming). The way this character is written is just incredible. There is somehow some part of you that understands where she is coming from even though what she did was absurd. And I may never love anything more than I love the ‘Cool Girl’ speech.

And there you have it. My (current) Top 10 Literary Characters.

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