Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters in Books

 
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Wow, this is a tough one. How do you pick just ten favorite characters? I'll give it a shot, but I reserve the right to change my mind at any given time :)

In no particular order, here goes:
  1. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love that she's smart and just oozes confidence. 
  2. It's hard to pick just one character from The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It's hard to believe that this was Stockett's first novel. It is so well written. I love Skeeter's sass. And I will always love Aibileen for "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." And of course, Minnie for her Terrible Awful, and her just all-around hotheadedness.
  3. As a kid, I adored Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. What's not to love? She marches to the beat of her own drummer, has superhuman strength, and her assertiveness was definitely a quality I wished I had more of. It was especially great when she got back at the adults that deserved it.
  4. Donald "Sully" Sullivan from Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo. The movie version of this book starring Paul Newman is one of my favorites. At first glance, Sully appears to be just hanging around. But upon further inspection, he plays an important role in the lives of most of the town of North Bath, NY. 
  5. John Coffey from The Green Mile by Stephen King. This is the only book I've ever read by King. I don't like to be scared. Hubby assured me that The Green Mile wasn't scary. Oh, I'm glad he did. I read the six books and fell in love with John Coffey. Such a gentle giant.
  6. I have a hard time picking one character from the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. You guys are going to get sick of hearing me talk about them. What can I say. Sorry. Anyway, I love Stephanie for her bumbling ineptitude, and the trouble she always seems to get out of. Not always completely unscathed. But the two hotties she has in her life seem to always have her back (man, are they HOT in my mind), Carlos "Ranger" Manoso and Joe Morelli. How do you choose? And last, but not least, Lula. Well she just cracks me up. But wait, so does Grandma Mazur. Crap. I seem to have almost ten with just one book!
  7. I've always loved Laura Ingalls. But she's not really a character. It's nonfiction. Oh, well I already typed it so it's staying. And while I'm on real people...
  8. Anne Frank. Who lives through the wretchedness that she witnessed and becomes the awesome person that Anne Frank grew up to be? 
That seems to be plenty. I could list my favorite characters for quite some time. It would be rude of me not to let you get in a word edgewise. Who are some of your favorite characters?

Thank you so much for stopping by. I love the company. Come back soon.

Talk to you later.
Angela
 
 
 
 



33 comments:

  1. that was a great list of characters and I agree with you, it is hard to believe that "The Help" was a debut novel. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love that Ralphie is on your list!

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  2. I still haven't read The Help... lame, I know.

    Pippy Longstocking was a favorite of mine growing up, same with Laura Ingalls! My dad used to read us the Little House books as bedtime stories, then I reread them about 50 times in middle school!

    I'd love it if you stopped by and checked out my Top Ten.

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    1. Hi Kari,
      Pippi is a toned-down Lisbeth from "Dragon Tattoo." Gotta love her! My Mom is an RN and actually took care of Laura Ingalls Wilder's great (not sure how many greats) grand-daughter. I was impressed. Thanks sooo much for stopping by!

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  3. Great list! John Coffey is such a good choice and I definitely agree that it's hard to choose just one character from the Stephanie Plum series. They are all awesome!

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Thanks Denise, for stopping by! Thanks for being such a kindred spirit :)

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  4. I'm going to say Laura Ingalls totally counts! She's on my list too. =)

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    1. Hi Heidi,
      She's fantastic isn't she? I loved to see Matilda on your list :)

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  5. John Coffey! I love him. I just want to hug him and make it all better. :(

    Great list! :)
    Becky @ Escapism Through Books

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    1. Oh I know! Thanks a million for stopping by.

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  6. Awesome list! I also love Scout although I chose Atticus and the Stephanie Plum series does have some really enjoyable characters. The Help also has several good choices!

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    1. Thank you so much. Atticus is a fantastic character too.

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  7. Great list, although I have to confess I have never read the Laura Ingalls books - maybe one of these days.

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    1. Oh you should. They are fantastic, I don't think you would be disappointed.

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  8. Oh Pippi!! I loved her as a kid!! She was fantastic. I've read the first Stephanie Plum book and really enjoyed it, so I've got the next two to continue on - she's such a dag, I love her.

    I still haven't read several books on your list, and they've been hanging around on my shelves for quite a while! (like The Help, Anne Frank and the Laura Ingalls one.)

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    1. Hi Shannon,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, Pippi was an inspiration :)

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  9. Oh crap I forgot Pippi in mine. I had a hard time picking from Stephanie Plum characters as well because they are all just so hillarious. Don't forget Sally Sweet and Stephanie's dad who always wants to kill grandma. These is just the best mystery series ever.

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    1. Hi Karin,
      Pippi is great. Oh yeah, Sally Sweet and Stephanie's dad ARE hilarious. Thanks so much for popping over.

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  11. I love the variety in your list. Some of the books I haven't read. And in some instances, I've seen the movie instead of read the book. Needless to say, I have more books to read now. Great list!

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten.

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    1. Hi there, Manda-rae,
      Thanks so much. I appreciate that you came by. Have a fantastic rest of the week.

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  12. Laura Ingalls! I read that series when I was younger! My mom and I read it out loud to each other on the front porch! Good memories. I LOVED Pippi growing up! Great list!!

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    1. Oh that HAD to have been lovely. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your terrific memories.

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  13. Wow. I can't honestly say that I would identify with any of these characters. But then I am also mainly a YA reader. I do know Ms. Ingalls and Ms. Wilder but besides that I don't know these characters. I will have to look into them.

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

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    1. Thank you Cassie. That's so sweet of you!

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  14. Pippi Longstocking! How did I forget her? I love her. Scout Finch is awesome, too.

    Great list!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenna. I'm so glad you came by :)

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  15. Love the list--some great choices there! Of these characters, I'm particularly fond of Scout and Anne Frank. :)

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    1. Hi Samantha,
      Thank you...Oh I KNOW, precocious little Scout, and Anne Frank's perseverance in the face of unthinkable inhumanity. Yep, a couple of my faves too :)

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  16. Great picks! I love that you selected characters from The Help, since I just finished that book. :)

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    1. Wasn't that book great? Thank you so much for coming by.

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  17. I haven't read the books that your characters are in, which is a shame. :( But I am familiar with some because I've either read about them referenced in other books (Pippi Longstocking) or heard people talk about them. :)

    I'd really love to get to read To Kill A Mockingbird. It has been on my TBR since forever. :)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! :)

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    1. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great read! Thanks for hopping over :)

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