This Week’s Question:
Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books
Ok, let’s face it. There is absolutely no way I can come up with only 10, so I am going with the ones that are currently standing out in my mind…
- Allison “Allie” Sekemoto from The Immortal Rules. Incredible characterization on Julie Kagawa’s part. While Allie was a bit impulsive and selfish at first, she morphs into someone who blows you away with her compassion for others.
- Fire is quite a compelling tale of a young woman who faces loss, adversity, persecution and prejudice head on, and pulls through a winner, all the while remaining true to herself. This book and its profound protagonist are on my list of awesome.
- Anna is a ghost like no other. Anna will leave your bladder empty as she takes your head clean off. However, once you learn Anna’s story – right along with her! – you completely understand why she’s pissed and cannot “move on.” It’s a horrific scene that leaves your head spinning, and really adds to the dread and sadness of this book. However, it’s also a major turning point for Anna, and you begin to see a serious transformation in her. I loved the author’s ability to make us feel both horror and pity for Anna, as she is a character that will both scare the pants off you and make you want to hug her.
- Acheron Parthenopaeus steals my HEART and SOUL. They bleed for him. No joke. Ash makes an appearance throughout the Dark-Hunters series because he has a pivotal role in this world. He is quite elusive and mysterious throughout, which make his personal story quite incredible. We don’t get his personal story until 15 books in. The wait is worth it, trust me. I don’t think I’ve ever read something so emotional, ever. It truly melted my soul. What happens to him is beyond horrific, yet he remains one of the most magnanimous characters I’ve ever encountered.
- Zsadist is my favorite brother because of his broken, battered and bruised soul, that luckily, heals because of love. He is a fierce SOB who is ridiculously loyal to those he loves, and because of that, I adore him.
- Jace Wayland is my FAVORITE YA book boy. Jace comes off as a pompous, conceited, asshat but it is quite obvious that he acts this way to hide his true emotion. He wants to belong. I do believe he thinks he is hot shit (and, he is), but it is a complete defense mechanism IMO. He softens up after he becomes comfortable with Clary, and finds himself feeling a new emotion. His witty banter about himself were some of the best lines of the book!
- Peeta Mellark: The Boy with the Bread. What can I say about him that truly conveys his awesomeness? Peeta is kind, loyal, bold, brave and a master of words. Peeta is the most admirable character I’ve discovered in a long time. I was moved over and over by his kindness, generosity, selflessness and compassion for others, even if it may hinder his own well-being. And, he’s sarcastic and finds humor in dark times. I think that it would be impossible to find a real person that encompasses all of Peeta’s incredible traits. He is truly a work of art. Real.
- Jenks the Pixie: Oh dear Heavens. How can you NOT love this pixie? Not only does he not posses a filter between his brain and mouth, but he brings snark like no other. This combination is epic in terms of entertainment. Not to mention the little dude has a heart a thousand times bigger than his body and is willing to put his ass on the line for those he loves. I adore this little man something fierce.
- Four: He is an unlikely hero, subtle in his attempts to protect Tris on a physical, mental and emotional level. He does not shield her from the inevitable pain and suffering that goes with living a cut-throat Dauntless existence, as he understands the significance of Tris experiencing life in Dauntless for herself, the good and the bad. However, Four is there for Tris in the most critical moments. He believes in her ability to stand strong in the face of adversity and face her fears, all the while trusting her to do what is right, even if it is the more difficult and/or dangerous choice. Four is on the “remarkably admirable characters” pedestal with Peeta.
- Fade: Fade is the best Hunter the enclave has ever seen, yet he remains an outcast and is used only for his frightening ability to kill. He is an enigma, at first, but once his history and personality are slowly revealed, you begin to appreciate his depth. Fade’s tragic life experiences allow him to weasel his way into our hearts. As we watch him battle both physical and emotional threats, we cheer for his victory all the way. Fade is fierce, protective, and downright magnificent, in my eyes. He is an intense character with many layers.
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