Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week will feature a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join.

This week features the Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books. In no particular order:

1. The Sorting Hat - Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  I'm not sure if you can count the Hat as a character but it's my blog and I'm going to anyway.  I always looked forward to the song at the beginning of each school year and I was PISSED when they cut it in the movies.

2. The Grand High Witch - The Witches by Roald Dahl.  I must have read this book at least 50 times as a kid.  I loved the entire story and, though I disliked some of the changes they made in translating the book into movie format, Angelica Houston was FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC

3. Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling.  When I read the books for the first time I would go back and re-read the Luna sections because they were just so hilarious.  I loved that she was so incredibly weird but she OWNED IT!  In fact, I loved Luna so much that when I worked at Chapters I dressed up as her for one of our release parties.  I spent HOURS making a cork necklace and radish earrings which I keep in my classroom as a conversation starter.

4. Finnick Odair - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Finnick is the one character that speaks to so many people that speculation is already mounting on who is going to play him in Catching Fire.  In fact, I am now officially predicting that when the casting is announced THE INTERNET ITSELF WILL CATCH FIRE!

5. Anna - Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.  Anna is not just a ghost, she is the badassiest ghost I have every read about.  She manages to tear people to ribbons and we STILL love her and root for her.  "Oh, it's just Anna, she kills people every now and again but she's really sweet!"

6. Abby Normal - Bloodsucking Fiends Trilogy by Christopher Moore.  Abby Rocks my Stripy Socks.  She is small, fiesty, smart and strange in that oh-so-wonderful way.  She, more than any other Moore character, makes me roll in the floor from laughter.

7. Jimmy Hailler - Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta.  Jimmy is funny and sweet and can't take no for an answer.  He constantly invites himself over to dinner with Francesca's family (often despite being told directly that he is NOT coming over).  Jimmy is the character that NEEDS his own book.  I want more of his story.

8. Isaac - The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  Nothing gets me like a kid who has suffered so much and still manages to make me laugh.  Bonus points when he can make me a laugh and cry all in the same moment.

9. Matilda - Matilda by Roald Dahl.  Who doesn't love the precocious, tiny little girl with the heightened sense of morals who punishes the badly behaving adults in her life.  Matilda was the first character I ever found that I could really relate to, one who loved books as much as I did and felt out of place in her small world.

10.  Fred and George Weasley - Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  I choosing to speak of these two as one entity because that is how they exist in my mind.  I loved every minute that I got to read about Fred and George.  I still wish that there had been more (or that J.K. would give us some short stories about their shenanigans, pretty pretty please!)


Karen said...

Just finished Anna Dressed in Blood and cannot wait for the sequel! Such great characters all around in that book.
My Top Ten

Anonymous said...

I love that you have two Dahl characters! I have one on my list too.
And adding the sorting hat is ingenious! I always wanted the song too, sigh...

Feel free to check out my list :)

lillylilac said...

Good list and I love Luna as well.

Aleeza said...

i love how your choices are so off-the-beaten path! fred and george weasley and the sorting hat rock my world too! luna too. and if any character needs their own book it's jimmy for sure. i feel like doing a kind of petition to send to MM asking her to PLEASE WRITE A JIMMY BOOK. would just about make my life!!

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