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My Top 5 Book Characters

Game on, Major Allen.

It’s about time my blog got a little more natural, a bit more brain-dump-esque, and far less structured and patterned and overthought. I still haven’t completed my posts about our divine wedding because I’m not happy with them – they’re too planned and formal, and nothing… absolutely nothing… can describe that day, so I feel like they’re not accurate enough to post.

So this morning I discovered a number of people are following the lead of Chris Allen (retired Major, husband of someone I think is delightful, Aussie author… the list goes on) and try to summarise my love of fictional characters into a list of My Top 5 from Books.

This is not going to be easy.

Or accurate, to be honest. I’ll spend the next week thinking, “Oh! And [insert name here]. And [insert name here]. Oh, and how on Earth did I not include [insert name here]”, and it’ll be largely dependent on what I’m thinking, how I’m feeling, what I’m creating, and all kinds of other factors.

But this is my list right now, right this minute, in my current mindset…

1. Lisbeth Salander (from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series)

Before I’d even heard of these books there was an ongoing joke – first in my office, and then online – that someone had been stalking me and written a book about me. After reading the books I didn’t exactly agree, but got the joke. Going to see the film with my husband and in-laws added to the amusement. Some lines in the book rang insanely true, and some in the film were so accurate that Sam laughed aloud despite the scene not being funny (“I have a high metabolism, I can’t put on weight” was his favourite, I think**).

Personally I think she’s awesome because she’s herself. I’m not often one to be impressed by egocentrism or selfishness, but I can empathise with some of her intolerances of other people but – unlike Lisbeth – don’t have the balls to approach it in such a forthright way.

As a character, Lisbeth is complex, and deep, and there is clearly so much we don’t know – just like meeting and knowing someone in reality; we don’t get a complete profile of somebody by knowing them, so I love it when fictional characters feel the same way.

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the US film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the US film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2. Holly Golightly (from Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

On the flipside to my first choice, I love Holly because she is anyone except herself. She takes what she hates about her life, forces it aside, and reinvents herself into what she wants to be; to the extent that it becomes a more true version of herself than the original.

I love the escapism and optimism in this.

3. The Continental Op (from various Hammett books)

It’s all in the tone.

4. Death (from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series)

Okay, technically it’s a graphic novel / comic book, but no-one specified rules. She finds wonder in everything. When I’m at my best I tend to do the same. When I’m not at my best, it’s what I miss most.

5. Inigo Montoya (from William Goldman’s The Princess Bride)

Early in his life, he dedicates himself to something, and kicks arse at it. Sure he gives up at one point, but he allows a friend to give him direction. He’s fair, he’s determined, he’s a team-player, he’s independent… he might be dead, or he might be The Dread Pirate Roberts. Who knows?!

Honourable Mentions

Anne (of Green Gables), Door (Lady of the House of Arch), Helena Campbell (no relation), Death (of Discworld) and Susan (of the same family), Dorothy (of Kansas and abroad), Matilda… Okay, okay, I’m going to stop there.

For now.

What’s your Top 5? Comment below, or blog about it and add a link in the comments section.

Jen Ava x

** Though I am currently working hard to prove this wrong. Have gained a stone since our honeymoon. Go me!

2 comments to My Top 5 Book Characters

  • HANG ON – when did you get hitched???!!! Will go stalk Facebook right now for details. I thought it was still coming! WOW congrats (and thanks for this yummy blog post) xx Sar

    • Jen Ava

      Haha, you’re priceless. You also make me feel slightly less guilty (or ridiculous) for going on about it as much as I did… if you missed it, I clearly wasn’t ranting as excessively as I thought ;) We got married on January 7th – it was perfect. One day I’ll blog about it. For now, I’ve sent you a link to some of the photos on Facebook. xx