Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Characters in Books!


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 "FattyTrotteville

Appears in: The 'Five Find-Outers' series by Enid Blyton

Why I Love Him: The Five Find-Outers series by Enid Blyton was something me and my sister will always associate with our childhood. A group of children live in a quaint English village and cycle around on their bicycles and solve mysteries and drink ginger beer and say 'Toppo!' and 'Spiffing!' Fatty is their leader and a master of disguise; the most cheeky and charasmatic creation I think Enid Blyton has ever come up with!

Character Name: Esther Greenwood

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.

Character Name: Henry DeTamble

Appears in: 'The Time Traveller's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger 

Why I Love Him: Henry has it all; he works in a library, he's scruffy, he's punky and he is so so sexy. Him and Claire together is magic and turns into one of the most believable and adorable relationships in literature. The time travel just makes it extra special. 

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!

Character Name: Fevvers

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.  

Why I Love Them: I had to choose them both because they come as a pair! Jane is always the reserved governess on the outside but loves passionately inside and Mr Rochester is the one who recognises her amazingness for the first time. Their clever banter and passion is hard not to love. 


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.

Character Name: Matilda Wormwood

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.

Character Name: Sirius Black

Appears in: The 'Harry Potter' series by J.K Rowling  

Why I Love Him: To be honest I don't actually have a favourite HP character as they are all wonderful and indispensible. But Sirius is the sexiest so I went with that. And J.K Rowking broke my heart with one swoosh of a veil.

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!


  1. Thanks for stopping by my site
    Some Good Choices here and I agree I want my own Rochester too :)
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  2. Several of you have picked Sirius...can't believe I left him out! Although, I am glad to see I'm not the only one who picked Matilda. Penelope Keeling was another good one! Looks like we have quite a bit of books in common...I'll have start dropping by your blog now!

  3. I am absolutely with you on Anne and Gilbert, such a wonderful friendship and, later, romantic relationship. :)

  4. Super list you have here! We have one in common, great minds ;)
    Sirius is awesome too. I've never heard of the Five Finer-outers? I read The Famous Five and the Secret Seven though...

  5. Awww Anne and Gilbert! And Jane and Rochester! Le sigh!! :) Theyre both such great couples! Happy Tuesday!

  6. You reminded me of my love for Roald Dahl characters....I definitely should have included the BFG!

    Here's my list of
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  7. I was so close to including Esther in my list. I mentioned The Bell Jar in my last Top Ten of most surprising/deceiving books because I didn't expect to connect with a crazy person so much. I think the main reason she didn't make my list...I couldn't remember her name without looking it up. That and, while I related with her, I don't know that I want to re-connect with her. She's scary. But the book's still on my shelf for the time being (partly because I chopped it up because the pages were uneven.........I'm not crazy, I swear!) so maybe I'll give it another go someday.

  8. I love how you presented your list! And ooh Henry from The Time Traveler's Wofe - and his wife - were amazing!

  9. I picked Anne from Anne of Green Gables too. I never get tired of reading that series!

  10. I have no idea why i haven't added Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester as well to my list i think it made by accident and I am happy i saw that in your list. Love the classics! Thanks for dropping by to my blog too =)


  11. THAT EYRE image is hilarious/amazing. Also, I am going to have to read Night at the Circus now, sounds really cool ( and I loved The Night Circus). Great TTT!

  12. These were all so unique!! I think Sirius was my favorite HP but it's a toss up between him and Snape for sure, and Mr. Rochester, YUM!

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  13. Toppo! Did I even use that correctly? :) Great list! I love Matilda and Sirius Black too. For "The Bell Jar" though, I thought I'd mention, I think you've got the wrong photo. That's Virginia Woolf, not Sylvia Plath.

    1. Of course it is! Stupid me! I knew I had a picture of Sylvia Plath on my computer so I was looking and must've just had a brain block! The extra bad thing is that I did my dissertation on Virginia Woolf...whoops! You would think I would know who she is at least! Changed it now!

      P.S- You did indeed use Toppo correctly! Spiffing! x

  14. Yes! Matilda. Awesome choice!

  15. Very cool choices. I don't know most of those, but I am so down w/Sirius Black. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Anne Shirley really is the most charming character I've ever read! I also love Jane+Rochester and Sirius. I actually named my dorm room fish Sirius. My roommate and I were HP fanatics. Poor fish didn't last very long, though :-(

  17. Every time I see a Harry Potter character on a list, I get all crazy because I didn't include one on mine. There are just so many too choose from! Anyway, great list! Some of these books I had almost forgotten about. Matilda, for example! A childhood favourite of mine :) Also, thank you for including that great picture of Michael Fassbender as Rochester xD

  18. My guilty confession is that I haven't read Jane Eyre nor Harry Potter series. Awesome list!=D And thanks for stopping by my Top 10!

  19. Great list! If I had to choose a favourite character from HP, I honestly wouldn't know who to choose xD Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier =)

    - Li @ rulethewaves.net

  20. Oh my, I haven't read any of these books - though I did love the movie for Matilda and would definitely like to read the book as well. While I don't know them, they do sound like very interesting characters, and I'll definitely have to check some of them out.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

  21. SO many great classics! Love it! Completely agree on Sirius Black and Matilda! Two amazingly wonderful characters in literature. Thanks for stopping by our Top 10 this week!

  22. How could I forget Sirius and Matilda! I knew I would find so many characters that I could add to my list later on! Fab list :)

  23. Yes! Anne Shirley! A great addition to any list. Sirius is a great choice too. It's funny how authors can eliminate a character in which we are so invested. I've heard authors mention that they tire of writing a series because the character doesn't have anywhere else to go ... but, agh, I miss those favorites, like Sirius!

  24. Again Matilda, yes, she is great. And also Henry and Jane and Mr. Rochester. I always loved him. But I totally agree with you about Fatty. In German he is called Dickie and I loved how clever he was and how he disguised himself. I devoured all 15 books in the series, they were my first addiction. I wonder whether there were more in English. After reading the 15th I was devastated because there were no more. I kept re-reading them for years.

  25. Oh my, what an amazing list. Henry DeTamble's name made my brain go off into exclamation points. HE IS SO GREAT -- in all of his years, haha. That ending also made me sob my little eyes out. Sigh. Great book!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  26. What an amazing list! Really like that your outlined you reasons for all of them! Sirius, Anne & Gilbert did not make my list, but I would love to add them on.

    Thanks for stopping by my top ten!

  27. Happy to see Esther Greenwood on another list!! Great choices!

  28. Yoy for Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester, and Henry DeTamble. So many great picks! And I love the way you set up this page. :D

  29. Sirius Black! Great character. Nice list :) Thanks for stopping by, I'm already a follower of yours! And thanks for the giveaway, the UK cover looks great!!

    The Bookish Poodle

  30. Love the choice of Fatty from the Five Find Outers, I used to love that series (and the Secret Seven and Famous Five) when I was a kid. In fact I loved them so much, I used to read them under the covers when I was supposed to be asleep... :) Great list!

  31. I totally agree with all the ones here I recognise!! I nearly put Sirius Black and Henry on my list, too, and Death from The Book Thief! And I just have to say: FEVVERS!!!!!! She was awesome, I love that book.

  32. Yeah, Rochester and Jane are very awesome characters! I love that book. Anne and Gilbert are very cool, too.

  33. Oh, Matilda! My youngest daughter used to watch Matilda everyday for more than a year. It was her favorite movie and I know deep down inside she just longed to be Matilda! Great list.

  34. Matilda was hilarious! I love that movie! and Sirius yay. Finally, someone mentioned him. ^-^
    Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  35. Anne & Gilbert!!! How could I have left them off my list?!

  36. Ooh, love Anne and Gilbert! Did you ever read Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven books? With "you're-as-good-as-a-boy-old-chap" Georgina and Timmy the dog and nineteen-fifties slang.

  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your list is great -- some that I haven't read, and some childhood favourites as well. I didn't go as far back into my childhood as I should have, but Anne is one of my all time favourite characters as well!

  38. Yay! I love this list. Of course ESPECIALLY Anne and Gilbert (and Matilda too!). I also love Esther Greenwood and Henry DeTamble, and of COURSE Sirius. Because who wouldn't?!

  39. Matilda is up there for me too! And I really liked Henry!

    Thanks for stoppin by! =)

  40. OMG Henry!! I completely forgot about him, but I ADORE him. He was such a perfect male character. And Matilda <3 She was the best little role model. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by :)
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  41. Out of these books I have only read Harry Potter. But I adore Sirius! :D Great list ;)
    Thank you for commenting on my Top Ten. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

  42. What a great list. I love Matilda. I was able to pass out copies of The Book Thief on World Book Night, so it was great to see that Rudy Steiner made your Top Ten.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  43. Anne & Gilbert, Sirius, Henry, Rudy, Jane & Edward... all wonderful characters!! You've got very good taste in literary characters :)

  44. I haven't read a lot of these, but the few that I do know I completely agree with you on. The Time Travellers Wife was heart breaking but so very beautiful. I absolutely adore Sirius and Anne & Gilbert, that's the book of my childhood. I haven't read it since I was like 8 or 9 but I still remember it so distinctly. Love your list.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Returning some of the love.

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