We’ve had such great responses on our posts about favorite stories and the best books we never read (I’m finally reading one now, by the way!), that I got to thinking about my favorite characters of all time. Some of them are from my top five books, but others stand out for me in a way that even transcends the works in which they were first introduced. Here are the BookEnds top picks:
Sydney Carton — A TALE OF TWO CITIES is the first and only class assignment I can remember staying up to read with a flashlight under my bedcovers in the wee hours of morning. Sydney was such a dynamic character and I still get a little choked up thinking of his last words and the “far, far better place” he went to.
Mr. Darcy — PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is definitely one of my favorite books of all time, but it’s 90% due to the fact that Ms. Austen created my favorite hero of all time. Sure he’s a jerk and a snob…but that’s so HOT!
The Second Mrs. de Winter — Well, this character certainly deserves some props somewhere, since she never even got a first name in her book. The demure, reserved narrator of REBECCA proves she’s a lot stronger than she looks and turn out to be a formidable force by book’s end. She represents just one of my favorite types of characters: the gothic heroine.
Perry Mason — If only all attorneys were as honest, clever and insightful as this one. I devoured the Erle Stanley Gardner books when I was a teenager and was glued to the old TV series reruns.
Odd Thomas — I’ll try not to go on too much again about my love for Dean Koontz. But nobody’s better at putting an average everyman into a certain situation or circumstance that makes him extraordinary. Odd Thomas is certainly the most fascinating short-order cook I’ve ever read about.
Jo March of LITTLE WOMEN — As a young girl I related to any tomboy heroine who loved to read and write. And I love this spunky heroine with a mind of her own.
Hannibal Lecter — I can’t imagine a more fascinating, scary and brilliant character.
Lily Bart of THE HOUSE OF MIRTH– A tragically wonderful heroine who I think we can all relate to.
Spenser — Robert B. Parker’s hero…and mine too. I just love the tough guy with the soft interior.
Scarlett O’Hara — Selfish, spoiled and strong. I’m sure I would have hated her in real life, but I truly loved to read about her.
Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS — so tragic and romantic.
Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s novels — for laughing at herself and living large.
Jack Reacher from Lee Child’s novels — so clever, so strong, so good looking…and so lonely.
Hannibal Lecter from Thomas Harris — for being so charming even while cannibalizing the wealthy.
The Creature from Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN — for capturing rejection and alienation so completely.
What do you think of our picks and who are your best fictional friends?!