Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Characters

Each week The Broke and The Bookish will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week is a two option week: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. I often try to do a bit of both on these weeks.

5 character everyone loves

  1. Edward Cullen (Twilight) – Not a romantic hero, kind of a creepy stalker. Even if you take away the awful weakening of the vampire mythos by Meyers.
  2. Bella Swan (Twilight) – A wet dustrag has more personality.
  3. Gale (The Hunger Games) – He just never seemed to develop into a fully formed character.
  4. Christian Grey (50 Shades of Grey) – I couldn’t even get through the first book because I disliked him so much.
  5. Scarlett O’Hara (Gone With the Wind) – Some people think she is a survivor but that doesn’t mean she was not a selfish selfish woman.

4 characters everyone dislikes:

  1. Miss Havisham (Great Expectations) – Maybe I just love the crazy old lady vibe so much is cancels out all of the rest of heartlessness.
  2. Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) – I love me a good jerk.
  3. Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray) – I am not sure if this is too heavily influenced by Penny Dreadful.
  4. Beth March (Little Women) – I will be honest, I have not reread this as an adult but I do remember that Beth was hands down my favorite character.

1 character who I hate but I loved the book(s) anyway:

  1. Quentin Coldwater (The MagiciansThe Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)) – He gets everything he has EVER wanted and possibly I have ever wanted (Magic and the magical land you grew up with are both REAL) and he still is miserable.

Top Ten Tuesday (5/17/11)

Tahleen from The Broke and the Bookish is listing her top 10 Minor Characters* and asking you what yours are.  Defining a minor character for me is difficult.  So many of the stories I love hinge on fellowships, clans, bands, etc.  So, in a group, who are the minor characters?  Here are some of mine, in no particular order:

Hatter M, Vol. 2: Mad with Wonder

1. Hatter Madigan (Looking Glass Wars Series):  He is the Queen’s bodyguard and the leading member of Wonderland’s elite security force, The Millinery.

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

2. Corny Stone (Tithe, Ironside): He is antisocial, computer geek and comic lover.  He becomes friends with Kaye. He is one of the few openly gay characters I have come across in YA.

Storm Front (Dresden Files)

3. Bob (The Dresden Files): Bob is an air spirit who is a massive repository of magical knowledge who resides in a human skull owned by Harry.

Lord Acamada
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4. Lord Akeldama (The Parasol Protectorate): Friend to Miss Tarabotti and vampire and fabulous. Think Prince Poppycock or Gilderoy Lockhart
5. Alice Deane (The Last Apprentice): Tom’s friend and a suspected witch.

6. Lucien (Sandman): Lucien is the effective keeper of the Dreaming in Dream’s absence, and becomes one of Dream’s most faithful and trusted servants after proving his loyalty by never abandoning his post during that period. His primary function is to protect the Library, wherein are contained all the books that have ever been dreamt of, including the ones that have never been written.

The Magicians: A Novel

7. Alice (The Magicians): A shy girl who is a talented and natural magician, one of the Physicals.

8. Tumnus (The Chronicles of Narnia): The the first person (faun) Lucy meets in Narnia, as well as the first Narnian to be introduced in the series. Even though he is told to hand over any human’s to the white queen, he does not and is turned into stone.

Chaos Walking: The Complete Trilogy

9. Wilf (Chaos Walking Series): A strange man who shows up periodically in the books. He who helps Todd and Viola run from the army. He shows himself to be the most peaceful and honest man on New World, incapable of lies.

10. Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings): A simple but usual Hobbit. He is Frodo and Bilbo’s gardener and completely faithful to Frodo. Sam and his descendants also become the keepers of the history of the War of the Ring and uphold the memory of events that most ‘ordinary’ hobbits take little interest in.

Can I just mention that her inclusion of the Weasley family is brilliant!  I love each and every one of them, even stupid Percy.

Top Ten Tuesday (5/10/11)

Top Ten Biggest Jerks In Literature

According to Jamie:

Anyways, the other week we did top ten mean girls in now we’re on to the biggest jerks..all those jerky guys in books..those who truly WERE asshats and those who just acted like one but could be quite loveable! 

So I figured I needed to start with the term jerk.  According to Wiktionary, it is “a person with unlikable or obnoxious qualities and behavior, typically mean, self-centered, or disagreeable.” I tried here to stay away from people who were just plain evil and lower the bar down to jerk. There is no order here. 

1. Draco Malfoy (The Harry Potter Series) – Racist, bully, coward jerk.

You know how I think they choose people for the Gryffindor team. It’s people they feel sorry for. See, there’s Potter, who’s got no parents, then there’s the Weasleys, who’ve got no money — you should be on the team, Longbottom, you’ve got no brains.

2. Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) – Greedy, workaholic jerk. Described by Dickens “…a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!”

“Every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”

3. Mayor Prentiss (The Chaos Walking Series) – ego-maniacal, controlling, manipulative, hates his own son, the closest to evil on this list jerk.

“War,” says Mayor Prentiss, his eyes glinting. “At last.”

4. Quentin (The Magicians) – As the major character in a book you would think he would have some redeemable characteristics. Nope, he is a jerk He is miserable, bored, self-pitying jerk.

“I got my heart’s desire, and there my troubles began.”

5.  Thomas Covenent (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever Series) – embittered, cynical, rapist, not the guy to hang the hero mantle on jerk.

“Futility is the defining characteristic of life.” 

6. August Rosenbluth (Water for Elephants) – Brutal and charming jerk.

“I look after those who look after me.” He smacks his lips, stares at me, and adds, “I also look after those who don’t.”

7. Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray) – hedonist, rake, immoral, narcissistic jerk.

“Conscience and cowardice are really the same things … Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.”

8.  Spider Jerusalem (Transmetropolitan) –  bitter, hate-filled, rage-oholic jerk.

“There’s one hole in every revolution, large or small. And it’s one word long — PEOPLE. No matter how big the idea they all stand under, people are small and weak and cheap and frightened. It’s people that kill every revolution.”

9. Norman Arminger (The Emberverse Series) – megalomaniac, sociopath, cruel, and re-instituted slavery jerk.

“Ah, surprising and very fortunate for you – the Association of Those Who Like Hitting Things with Spark Pointy Things,” Arminger said. ‘I attended a few of their gatherings. Very focused, very practical – in the sense of re-creating effective sword styles, which in those days wasn’t of much practical use at all. The Society was deplorably eclectic, although the Pensic War was always entertaining. And a surprising number of it members proved to be excessively sentimental and had to be be … removed from the equation.”

10.  And finally, the one that could get me in real trouble: Edward Cullen (The Twilight Series) – So let me let this jerk speak for himself. 

I saved your life – I don’t owe you anything.

Bella, it’s not my fault if you are exceptionally unobservant.

I’m just going to do what I want now, and let the chips fall where they may.

Are you frightened of me now?

I’ve never tried to keep a specific person alive before, and it’s much more troublesome than I would have believed. But that’s probably just because it’s you. Ordinary people seem to make it through the day without so many catastrophes.

Yes, you are exactly my brand of heroin.

I wrestled all night, while watching you sleep, with the chasm between what I knew was right, moral, ethical, and what I wanted. I knew that if I continued to ignore you as I should, or if I left for a few years, till you were gone, that someday you would say yes to Mike, or someone like him. It made me angry.