Top Ten Tuesday returns to Never Done It That Way Before, because The Broke and the Bookish made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: Top Ten Favorite Characters of All Time.
Now, that title is actually a little too confident for my taste, so my list is more like “Ten of My Favorite Characters, That I Can Think of Right This Minute.” Still, it’s a fun game, isn’t it? Read my list, read the list at The Broke and the Bookish, and leave a comment telling me which great characters I missed.
Harold, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson: Harold is cool under pressure. He comes up holding his purple crayon and thinking fast. When he needs a break, he draws a picnic with the nine kinds of pie he likes best, and when he can’t eat all nine pies, he draws a moose and a deserving porcupine to finish the meal. (Pro Tip: Of course pie is a meal. Sometimes it even has fruit.)
Frances, A Birthday for Frances (and the other Frances books) by Russel Hoban: I loved all of these books, and I loved Frances. She is really good at making up songs, sometimes she rides a broom like it’s a horse, she pretends she knows how to spell, and she’s an older sister who is sometimes a little jealous of the attention her little sister Gloria gets. (I totally related.) If I hadn’t already named my first child Zoe, I would be tempted to name the next one Frances. (Pro Tip: Franny and Zoe is a little too cute, even for me.)
Laura Ingalls, The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Laura was brave, impulsive, fun-loving, and (perhaps most important) she had brown hair. Also, I loved hearing about her dresses.
Princess Amy, The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye: Oh, how I loved this book, and oh, how I loved Princess Amy. Given the gift of ordinariness by a mysterious fairy godmother, Amy does things like hang out in the forest, befriend a squirrel and a bird, run away to another kingdom where she becomes a kitchen maid, and fall in love with a guy named Perry, who . . . well, spoilers! And, of course, she has brown hair, because what is more ordinary than that, am I right?
Claudia Kishi, The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin: I loved all of the BSC girls, but Claudia, with her flair for art and fashion, her junk food cleverly hidden all over her room, and her exotic “almond-shaped eyes”, was my favorite.
Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: My first impulse was to put Scout on my list. Then I realized that it’s Atticus, wise and just, who hates guns but can shoot a rabid dog if he needs to, that I really love.
Miss Marple: Unlike a certain Belgian detective, this Agatha Christie sleuth just quietly solves the mystery. No muss, no fuss, no mustaches.
Philip Marlowe: Speaking of detectives, Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled P.I. can solve my seedy crimes any day.
Marian Halcombe, The Woman in White by Wilkie Colllins: She is not at all beautiful, but she is incredibly clever, faithful, and brave. Even the menacing Count Fosco appreciates her worth, and he is a crazy Italian Bad Guy.
Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I wanted to pick Anne Eliot, the heroine of my very favorite Austen Novel (Persuasion), but she is not nearly as interesting or hilarious as Elizabeth Bennet’s ridiculous mother. I would not want to have tea with her, and I certainly would not want her for my own mother, but I love reading her.
What fictional characters are your favorites?