* I was low on ideas for posts these past few days, then I came across Markus & Micah’s post. I loved the idea and decided to do a similar post. Please visit their blog to read the post and give their blog some love.*
I have been reading since I was a young child – my mother made it a point that we inculcated this habit early on in life. From following the Famous Five on adventures to solving mysteries with Sherlock to waiting for my Hogwarts letter to flying dragons with Eragon to feeling like a feminist with Elizabeth Bennett – books were my window to worlds far far away. I have cried and laughed with so many fictional character as well as fallen in love with a few. Here is my first list of 10 Favourite Fictional Characters (from books) –
- Sirius Black (Harry Potter Series)- One of my biggest teenage crushes was Sirius Black – his enigmatic character, his hard life, his loyalty, his mischievous ways, his love for his friends – attracted me to him. I cried ALL night after reading ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’.
- Emma (from Emma by Jane Austen)- I LOVED Emma and her meddling ways. I am quite similar to Emma – always trying to get people together and making awful matches. Her adventures with love remind me of my own and hence, I adore her character.
- Gerry Clark (from PS: I Love You by Cecilia Ahern) – A dead husband leaving letters to his distraught wife helping her deal with his death and ultimately move on – how can you not love Gerry? He is fun, funny, an amazing friend and an even better husband. I am a huge romantic and I fell in love with him to the extend that I could almost feel Holly’s pain on losing him. (PS: please read the book before watching the movie)
- Sita (from The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee) – This book opened my eyes about how I was told and retold the great Indian mythologies from a man’s perspective but never from the perspective of the leading ladies. Reading Sita’s version of the Ramayan – really opened my eyes to the injustice meted out to the leading ladies in the story because of the patriarchal ways of the society – something that still hasn’t changed a lot in India. Always viewing Sita from the pedestal of a Goddess – this novel made her a relatable woman.
- Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The Millennium Series) by Stieg Larsson) – how often do you come across a bad ass, kickass, unemotional girl lead? Stieg Larsson wrote the most perfect female protagonist of the millennium – making her win physical fights as well as be brilliant but yet be extremely realistic and relatable. If you haven’t read this book already, go pick it up – I promise you’re going to have your mind blown! (PS: please read the book before watching the movie)
- Tyrion Lannister (GOT Series by George R.R. Martin) – To be fair I haven’t read all the books in the series – but Tyrion’s character (as well Ned Stark) stood out for me out the many 1000s of characters in the Game of Thrones universe. He has wit that saves his life in many situations and despite the hand that life has dealt him – he still is humane. I truly think he deserves to sit on The Iron Throne!
- Jo March (From Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) – I read Little Women when I was 13 and I could totally relate with Jo. I was a sport playing, tomboy who liked reading and writing – she was a tomboy who didn’t care about her appearance and loved writing. She was the embodiment of feminism for the age when Little Women was published. She didn’t want to be married to a rich man and tend to children – she had bigger dreams and encouraged her sisters to have bigger dreams as well. I almost wish she was my best friend – running around wild in a world that wanted to control her. (PS: please read the book before watching the movie)
- Hamid (from Idgah by Premchand) – this is one of the first stories that my mum read to my sister and I. The story quickly made a place in our hearts as did Hamid. This is the only character on this list from a short story. Hamid is brought up his grandmother who tries her best to provide him with everything using the little money she has. It’s the little boy’s reciprocation of his granny’s affection that makes him such an endearing character. Definitely read this story and read it to your children as well.
- Ove (from A Man called Ove by Fredrick Backman) – Ove is bound to remind you of your grandpa. He is a grumpy old man who has lost his only reason to live – his wife. His struggles, his feelings will stir so many emotions in your heart and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. This book is one of the best books I’ve read in the recent past.
- Atticus Finch (from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) – This was my first serious novel as a child and Atticus’s character really created an impression on me. He sets a great example as a father and as a person to always do what is right even if the world doesn’t agree with you. His patience with his children and how he doesn’t shield them from serious things like most parents do – made him a father figure to look upto. (PS: please read the book before watching the movie)
This list isn’t a comprehensive list of all the characters I love and I’ll definitely do a part 2 of this post. It was difficult to sit and think about all the characters that have made an impression on me over the 2 decades of me reading. I tried to pick characters from the different genres that I have read. Are any of these characters on your list of favourite fictional characters?
I loved doing this post – since it reminded me of the insane amount of reading I’ve done throughout my life. It also motivated me to find time in my (not-so-busy) schedule to read 100 pages everyday. 🙂 I want to thank Micah and Markus for the idea! If you haven’t already, go check out their post!
Take care and read on!
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