Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.
Top Ten All-Time Favourite Characters in Books
I love so many that this was a difficult one to decide on! I generally like characters with unique traits and lots of personality so that's something I think is found in all of the following characters.
Character Name: Frederick Algernon "Fatty" Trotteville
Appears in: The 'Five Find-Outers' series by Enid Blyton
Appears in: 'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath
Why I Love Her: Esther Greenwood is one of the most relate-able characters in English Literature...and her descent into horrifying depression just shows the dark that can overcome anyone at any time in their lives. Plath makes Esther such a realistic and beautiful character that you can't help but love her and empathise with her. She feels trapped and claustrophobic in her current rather mundane life, as though she is living under a bell jar...and sadly it seems Plath did too.
Appears in: 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger
Character Name: Rudy Steiner
Appears in: 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak
Why I Love Him: I love all the characters in this book, especially Leisl, Death and Papa. But, for me, Rudy is the one I was praying for in the end and the one whose personality was both innocent and flawed and, ultimately, perfect. He loves Leisl right and doesn't let her down. He is funny and charming and generally adorable; and with all their hunting apples he is the Gale to her Katniss!
Appears in: 'Nights at the Circus' by Angela Carter.
Why I Love Her: She is one of the most incredible and memorable characters I have ever seen in a book. A gargantuan aerialiste, a Cockney virgin, hatched from an egg with her own set of fledgling wings, she is unforgettable and wonderful. Her recollection of her time spent working in a 'freaks' brothel is particularly amazing.
Character Names: Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester
Appears in: 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte.
Character Name: Penelope Keeling
Appears in: 'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamunde Pilcher
Why I Love Her: This book is for adults but was one of my very favourites as a child. It's gorgeous. It largely explores Penelope's past life and her current relationships with her very different children. Penelope has always stayed with me for her misguided marriage, her inability to connect with her first child, her ability to not judge her now adult children, and her glorious love affair with a soldier. It is all magnificently written.
Appears in: 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl
Why I Love Her: How could you not!? She is a tiny girl who, despite her abuse at home from her ignorant family, becomes so intelligent she reads the whole library and begins to move things with her mind! She was my idol as a child and still is.
Appears in: The 'Harry Potter' series by J.K Rowling
Character Names: Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe
Appear in: Anne of Green Gables + sequels
Why I Love Them: This is my favourite book and Anne is the best, most imaginative and charming character ever conceived! She is flawed and silly but that just makes her so much better. We won't talk about some of the sequels because the writer does make her a bit holier-than-thou but the original book is perfect so I will ignore that! And I had to put Gilbert in there too if only for his speech at the end of 'Anne of the Island'.
Hope you like these characters too! Let me know who you love!