This week it’s all about our favorite book characters of all time. Here are my picks (in no particular order):
1. Gus McCrae – Lonesome Dove
I’ve loved Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry for a long, LONG time. Gus has always been my favorite character in the series for a few reasons. The first is that he’s got a heart of gold. He’s always willing to lend five dollars to a cowhand in need of a “poke,” always willing to romance a woman, and has an uncanny ability to quote Latin phrases that he may or may not actually know the meaning to. Most importantly, he’s loyal and not afraid to do the right thing when it comes to justice. Basically, he’s a man’s man cowboy with a soft heart. My weakness.
2. Danerys Targaryen – A Game of Thrones
I don’t think it comes as a shock that two of my favorite characters come from A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Danerys is such an amazing character that exhibits so much growth. I couldn’t handle her meekness at first, but she’s turned into such a badass that I’m cheering for her now. I love strong female characters.
3. Tyrion Lannister – A Game of Thrones
In my last Blogging Through post, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure whether I should love or hate Tyrion. I think I’m firmly on the side of love now. He’s such a unique character in that his physical deformity doesn’t cast him aside into some stereotype. He’s smart. He’s calculating. He’s fun.
4. Molly Weasley – Harry Potter Series
Molly is by far a frontrunner for my favorite character in the series. I love that she’s a surrogate mom for Harry, that she manages to keep all 7 of her children clothed, fed, and happy, and that she stays SO strong throughout the entire saga. So many of her family and friends are threatened and we very rarely see her break down. Plus, I love it when she kills Bellatrix.
5. Claire Fraser – Outlander Series
I don’t think this list could be complete without talking about the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Again with the strong women, but I can’t help but admire Claire’s fortitude when she’s transported back to the 18th-century. I don’t know if I could have handled it any better. Plus, she’s a healer. She’s branded as a witch. And she swears. 🙂
6. James Fraser – Outlander Series
I can’t possibly talk about Claire without talking about Jamie. I love their chemistry and his romantic hero characterization. He’s loyal, he’s true, and he’s a helluva man. If I had to go back in time and marry a Scot from the 1700’s, it’d definitely be him.
7. Magawisca – Hope Leslie
Hope Leslie by Catharine Maria Sedgwick is one of my favorite all time early American novels. Magawisca, the Indian princess, is definitely one of my favorite characters of all time. Her loyalty is pulled between her father and the white family she works for. In the end, she sacrifices her arm for the man she loves. That’s dedication.
8. Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie Series
These were my very favorite books when I was little and I always said I wanted to grow up and be her. So, obviously she’d make it on this list at SOME point, right? I love that she’s spunky and speaks her mind. I love how loyal she is to her family. I absolutely LOVE when she kick’s everyone’s butt in the history recitation showcase in Little Town on the Prairie.
I adored this fairy tale retelling because Gregory Maguire made Wicked such a highly political novel. I love that Oz was discriminatory and about to have a revolution. I love the class disparity. I love, Elphaba, especially, though. She faces discrimination, love, and class disputes all on her own and actively protests the injustices of Oz. She’s so misunderstood and I love her.
10. Jim Qwilleran – The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
Jim Qwilleran, the former alcoholic, is a journalist with an uncanny cat who can solve crimes. I’ve loved this series since I started reading it when I was 10ish. Jim is smart, uses big words without apology, and is an eternal bachelor. He is the protagonist to love out of all the murder/mystery series out there.
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