Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Book Characters


April 24, 2012 by Heidi

Top Ten Tuesday button by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  They love lists as much as I do, so it’s only fair to tip my hat.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green GablesAnne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery: She has an imagination that would trump most novelists.  She’s incredibly driven, positive, a fierce friend, and loving companion.  Her red hair is the bane of her existence, and she love love loves poufy sleeves.

Laura Ingalls from the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Okay, it’s been way too long since I read this series to say in detail why, but so many good memories involved with this one.  Who could deny that any girl growing up on the prairie in the nineteenth century is one tough cookie?  I plan to reread this one soon!

Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:  She won’t settle for what everyone else thinks is best for her, she follows her heart, she loves to read and write.  She’s a wonderful friend, daughter, and sister, even though she’s incredibly stubborn and willing to fight.

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl:  Matilda remains one of the kindest most optimistic people despite never really being loved as a kid.  She finds her way to the library, and reads everything.  Not afraid to stand up for others.Emma Watson as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

Herald Talia from the Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey:  Well, pretty much anyone who becomes a herald is automatically on the ‘really good person’ list, but Talia is incredibly strong for her stature, unfailingly brave, and willing to lose her life for queen and country.

Herald Elspeth from the Mage Winds series by Mercedes Lackey:  Oh Elspeth.  I hated her at first, she was such a brat as a kid, but as an adult?  It’s possible I love her more than Talia.  She wants to do her thing, isn’t hungry for power, and is up for going through some weird and scary stuff to help not only her country, but others she deems worthy.

Lyra Silvertongue from His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman:  She’s scrappy, good at spying and climbing, a steadfast friend, and she will walk through hell (and quite a few other places) for the chance to save the world and those she cares about.

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of ThronesHermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling:  She’s a little goody-goody smarty pants who somehow always gets wrapped up in trouble.  She’s not all girly and frail, she stands up for what’s right, and she’s good at what she does because she works hard.

Arya Stark from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin: Again, scrappy.  Love this girl.  She holds the right grudges, but is good about finding the opportune moment for things.  She’s smart, resourceful, and completely unconcerned with her nobility while incredibly concerned with her family.

Now see the last spot is hard to fill, there’s so many characters I love, so I’ll just list a few more that could have gone in this spot.  Some I’ve read too recently to put on an ‘all time’ list, but I could certainly see them going there: Lucy Pevensie from Narnia, Eugenides from The Queen’s Thief, Violet Adams from All Men of Genius, Jessica Darling, Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall, Ismae from Grave Mercy, Cameron Post, Puck Connelly from The Scorpio Races, Scarlet, Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle, Kate Daniels, etc.

Apparently, I’m all about the strong women!  Though Eugenides did sneak in there at the end…

Who are your favorite characters? Widgets


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  1. Renee says:

    Love Jo March! I added her to my list too, but she got bumped off. I love Laurie too. Well, up until he marries Amy . . . He and Jo such a perfect pair (in my humble opinion) :)

  2. Ivan says:

    Wow,I also like Matilda and Hermione. I like their character as ladies who can stand up to what they believe in. Ivan<a href=">Rumpelstiltskin and Co</a>

  3. I don't even know a huge part of these characters, but I'm with you on those I do. I love that you included Puck Connolly, and of course Gen had to find his place. Lyra and Hermione are on my list of characters I want my daughter to meet as soon as she's old enough to read middle grade.

  4. Fara says:

    My guilty confession is that I haven't read the Harry Potter series. Awesome list though!=DDrop by my Top 10?

  5. YAY for Anne! She topped my list- well, I threw Gilbert in there too because I couldn't help myself. Matilda is on my list too- you can't not love someone that unloved and fond of reading! x

  6. Love this list – some of my favorite characters are represented, like Arya & Hermoine.

  7. Alyssa says:

    Arya is cool but so far Tyrion is taking the cake for my favorite GoT character. I chose Hermion as well and I was going to add Ismae but my list was more of a list of characters I loved because I refuse to pull a Sophie's Choice and pick an ALL TIME favorite. Ahh scares me just thinking about it!!

  8. Melanie says:

    YES to Anne, Jo, and Laura! My favorite character is Margaret from North and South. Curious, do you have any favorite male main characters?

  9. Strong women yes please! Good to see we have some in common.Jo is amazing, and a lot of people have her on their list. Anne of Green Gables and The Little House Series are also ubiquitous today!Feel free to visit my list :)

  10. I agree with you about Hermonie – it's funny to see her grudgingly going along with the plans, even when she knows they're technically against the rules. And, like you said, it's great how she stands up for what's right.

  11. Hannah says:

    Yay for Anne and Jo! And I also wished I had included Hermione – I can't believe I took her off at the last minute! I can never make up my mind when I'm trying to choose "favorites." I like that you included Laura Wilder, too. I didn't think of her, but I totally fell in love with those books when I first read them. I need to check them out again now that I'm older!

  12. Heidi says:

    Haha, I'm one of those people who actually was really happy Laurie and Jo didn't end up together. I love Laurie, but I didn't think they were the OTP or anything. I do think he's a bit of a prat for marrying Amy though.

  13. Heidi says:

    OMG I know what you mean! I'm getting quite impatient for my niece to get a few years older so I can start shoving these books at her. =)

  14. Heidi says:

    Exactly! I agree 100%. I also love Gilbert, of course. 😛

  15. Heidi says:

    Hahaha, I know what you mean! So here's the thing, I don't think I really appreciated how awesome Tyrion was in the books. I feel like HBO really brought him to life and MADE him my favorite character in the series. Before the show though, I was all for Jon and Arya. And Arya just gets cooler and cooler…you KNOW I can't resist a chick who dresses like a boy.

  16. Heidi says:

    I DID mention Eugenides at the end. I wish I'd worked harder to balance my list between males and females, but I didn't want it to turn into literary crushes? I'd put Tyrion Lannister from SoIaF on my list too, Dream from Sandman, Dirk Gently from Long, Dark, Tea Time of the Soul, Bigby Wolf from Fables, Iorek Byrneson from His Dark Materials, Professor Lupin from Harry Potter, Kvothe from Name of the Wind…there's 8 right of the top of my head! 😛

  17. Teacher says:

    :) Loved seeing Laura Ingalls here. She was on my list too. Makes me want to reread all the books …

  18. Angela says:

    Great list! Anne of Green Gables has always been one of my faves…Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  19. I have Anne, Jo and Hermione on my list too! I really should have put Arya, it was so hard to choose! And like some of the other commenters, after reading this I really want to re-read the Little House books again!

  20. Ohh, Matilda. I could identify myself with her "obession" for reading. I always went to the library and came back with huge amounts of books like she did :p And Hermione has some great qualities. I love the fact that she is so intelligent; and she doesn't back away to say it. There's nothing wrong with knowing your strong points.

  21. Angela says:

    Love your list! Matilda is a great choice. Laura made it onto my top ten :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

  22. I adore your choices, Heidi, especially Anne, Laura, Lyra, Jo, Hermione, and Matilda. Which just leaves the small matter of all the ones I haven't read yet! Which I need to rectify soon, since I would have picked so many of the same girls. :)Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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