Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Favourite Literary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.

I have a feeling most of these are going to be from fantasy novels. But I would be lying, if I wrote otherwise.

1. DEATH from Discworld series by Terry Pratchett - Along with Granny Weatherwax, Susan Sto Helit, Lord Vetinari, Tiffany Aching and even Rincewind. But if I only had to choose one, it would be DEATH. HE'S FANTASTIC, PLUS HE LIKES CATS. (see how I switched to Death-speak there?)

2. Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling - While I do also like Sirius, the Weasley twins, Hagrid and others, the only other character that I come close to liking as much as Dumbledore is Tom Riddle (the smart, handsome, obsessed-with the Dark Arts wizard, before he turned into Voldemort, that is.) But Dumbledore wins. As J. K. Rowling herself put it, "Everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives."

3. Jack Torrance from The Shining by Stephen King - Also, Dick Halloran. I don't mean the character as portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the stupid movie version, because he peeled off all the layers off the awesome character that was Jack Torrance, and chose to act like a freaky psychopath instead. I liked Torrance in the books; the guy through whose eyes you see the story and you know that he's not as bad as he appears (or, at least, he doesn't intend to be that bad) and you end up pitying him the most.

4. Konstantin Levin from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - The socially inept, kindhearted but confused landowner was probably my favourite character in the whole book; or at least, the one I could relate to the most. I now want to get a dog, just so I can name her Laska.

5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter from the Hannibal trilogy by Thomas Harris - The Silence of the Lambs is one of the few movies adapted from books that I actually like as much as the books. Anthony Hopkins is amazing as Hannibal the Cannibal, and the character is probably the worst and the most intriguing serial killer in fiction.

6. George Smiley from many novels by John le Carre - The first Smiley book I read was The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, followed closely by Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I loved both the books! John le Carre really knows how to create memorable characters, and George Smiley is one of those.

7. Elijah Baley from Robots series by Isaac Asimov - Lije Baley always reminds me of Jack Carter (of Eureka) (...or maybe the other way round) though the latter doesn't constantly say 'Jehoshaphat', which is probably the funniest word ever. Teamed up with R. Daneel, Lije is one of my favourite characters from the series.

Making a list of ten is too hard, because I keep changing it. So I am going to go with the list I have so far. I might have missed a few.

These are my Top Seven Favourite Book Characters ever; which is good. As my Harry Potter obsessed sister once reminded me (in a not-so-mildly disapproving fashion) - "Have you not read Harry Potter? 7 is the most magically powerful number, hello!" So, there.

Who are your favourite literary characters?


Pocketful of Books said...

I was THIS close to putting Death on my list! I love him- in 'Mort' especially he is awesome! And yes his love of cats makes him all the better!

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

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

And your list is full of powerful characters! Interesting.

Here's my list of
Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters in Books.
Please stop by and let me know what you think.

Laura said...

Yay Levin!!! And also, 'I don't mean the character as portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the stupid movie version, because he peeled off all the layers off the awesome character that was Jack Torrance, and chose to act like a freaky psychopath instead.' Yes yes yes yes yes! Although I do love Jack Nicholson, the movie is just so so wrong.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you have an impressive variety of reading interests. Kudos for Dumbledore!
Feel free to visit my list :)

Anonymous said...

7 IS the most magical number ha. Love your eclectic list you have here. So well-read!

I had trouble coming up with 10 too, though I ended up wandering around and staring at my bookshelves for a while to fill it out. Ha.

Anonymous said...

GREAT list. I recognised all but two, and I found myself squeeing as I read this. As your list is so awesome I'm going to have to follow you :)

And yes, 10 is a rather difficult number to come up with.

SS said...

your sister sounds Brilliant, i must say.

Michelle said...

Dumbledore made my list as well :) Great post, and you have a new follower as well. :) Please check out mine: My TTT<--- :)

LBC said...

Hannibal the Cannibal is a great character. I hate to admit that I have read HP, but I did love Dumbledore in the movies.

Priya said...

Doesn't it? Mort is one of my favourite Discworld books! Thanks for stopping by :)

Carissa said...

DEATH is so great! And of course I love Dumbledore too.

My Top Ten Characters!

Priya said...

I like Jack Nicholson too, just not in that role. The movie was not even close to being as great as the book!

Priya said...

Oh I spend a lot of time on that list, till I realized I was never going get a perfect ten, so I just decided not to! Thanks for stopping by :)

Priya said...

Thanks! Glad you stopped by, am following you too now!

Priya said...

That she is :)

Angela said...

Great list. Lots of characters from Harry Potter made it onto Top Tens this week. Hannibal Lechter certainly is an intriguing character. New follower via GFC :)
Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

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