Monday, March 7, 2011

"Leap, and the net will apperar." ~ John Burroughs

So today I thought I"d do something different. I thought I would discuss come of my favorite characters from my favorite books. Some of these have strongly influenced my work.

Matrim Cauthon from the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan - This lovable gambler really has no clue that he's a hero which makes him all the more lovable. All of Jordan's characters are well formed and seem like real people. But Mat always amused me the most with his womanizing, gambling and his colorful language.

Ronald Weasley from the Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling- The youngest son of the Weasley and Harry Potter's best friend, he was my favorite characters in the book. Between his food fetich and his bumbling magic, he always made me smile.

Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith - If you've seen the show you know this vampire is hot with a capital H-O-T! I always felt Elena was a dolt for not noticing this bad boy. I know I loved him.

Kaylee Cavanaugh from Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent - A bean sidhe with attitude, Kaylee is no damsel in distress. This girl has an attitude and she isn't afraid to use it, and she certainly stands up for herself rather than waiting for the men to show up.

Jolie Wilkins from the Jolie books by HP Mallory - This witch may not always have understand what's going on, but she isn't going down without a fight. She faces everything with her shoulders back and her heart on her sleeve and you gotta love the honesty of this character.

Wendy Everly from the Trylle Triology by Amanda Hocking - You gotta admit this girl knows how to stand up for herself. At first I was a little put off with her I-don't-care attitude, but it didn't take long for me to see past that into what seemed like a real girl dealing with very crazy situations. Whether she was fighting against what was expected of her or sacrificing herself for what she thought was right, she was very real and made me feel for her in every scene.

So what about you? Who is your favorite hero or heroine and why?


  1. Ooo good post! I haven't read a lot of these books, but the ones I have I completely agree.

    I think my favorite characters are:
    Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett- Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy makes me swoon and Elizabeth Bennett is in my opinion one of the best female character's ever written. I like her right down to her flaws.
    Yossarian- Catch 22. One of my all time favorite books, Yossarian completely cracks me up and is entirely lovable.
    Harry Dresden- Dresden Files. I adore him and the way he takes everything to heart and the pop culture references. Fantastic.

  2. I love Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. She is strong and can kick some ass. I love all the characters from Macbeth--there such a conniving, power hungry group.

  3. My sister has called me Nynaeve since we read the Wheel of Time books in middleschool. Yes, they have been out that long. She is one fierce woman that will do anything to protect those that she loves.

    I also should add Dru from the Strange Angels series by Lili St.Crow- I <3 those YA books, and hope that my novel will fall somewhere near her awesomness.

    Mercy Thompson, another kick-butt woman. (Can you see a pattern here?)

    Also, Lessa from Anne McCaffreys Dragon Riders of Pern. That is one strong lady.

    And last but not least, Talon from the Dark Hunters series. One word says it all- Swoon.

    (I second everyone elses choices... Aren't books just the best?)

  4. Ronald Weasley was like Sam Goodfriend in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a really good foil for the hero, keeping him on the right track.
    All of JRWard's Black DaggerBrotherhood heroes are terrific, but my favorite was Rhage, the shapeshifting vampire.

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  6. Wow, there are so many good character's out there but I think most of my favorites have been listed. I agree with Michelle on Rose Hathaway then there's Jolie Wilkins from HP's books, but I do have to add Sookie from Charline Harris's books. She's not the strongest woman I've read about but I do enjoy the stuff (and the beds) she can get herself into

  7. @ Lizzie - Sorry, but I never got the Mr. Darcy thing. I read Pride and Prejudice and just didn't care for it. I keep watching the movies trying to "get it" but he just doesn't appeal to me. *shrugs* Are we done, now? ;)

    @Nichole - I started reading Robert Jordan when there were only four books, way back in 1993. To say I was distraught when he died without finishing them is an understatement. I can't wait until November when I finally get to read the ending he wrote years ago... And I'm more of an Egwene, myself. I always think everyone else does things better than me...

    @Wenona - I thought of Sookie, but I don't she ISN'T the strongest of the characters and she got knocked several points for going back with Bill after what happened in the trunk... lol

    @Pamela - I forgot LOTR. I loves me some Tolkien. I think Eomer is my favorite character, but I might be unduly influenced by a yummy Karl Urban. ;)

    @Michelle - Vampire Academy is on the unending Amazon list. I'm getting there, I'm getting