Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ttt: all-time favorite book characters

I've been participating in the Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday for several weeks now, but I've gotta say, this is my favorite topic yet. Just thinking about these characters makes me want to pick up each and every one of their books so we can have a little reunion.

TOP TEN TUESDAY:
Top Ten All-Time Favorite Book Characters


In no particular order . . . 

1. Holden Caulfield (from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger). He curses, he calls people phonys, he's always critical. He wrote an extraordinary essay on the Egyptians :) Holden might be my favorite of all these characters. After reading The Catcher in the Rye before my freshman year of high school, I was immediately hooked on Salinger and read all his other books shortly after. Holden's the perfect character for a novel geared towards teens. He's so disgruntled with life that teens "get" him, but he's also got something worth saying.

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2. Rhett Butler (from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell). Rhett, like Holden, is that great kind of bad boy. He's bad, but he's also got a good heart (generally) and interesting things to say. I was in love with him after reading Gone with the Wind in the 8th grade and although I've yet to re-read the book, I doubt he'll have changed much for me. I only wish they'd make a new movie version of the book! I know, I know . . . Everyone loves Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh . . . Well I don't. I never did. I read the book before seeing the movie and was incredibly disappointed, mostly with Clark Gable. He wasn't like Rhett at all for me. I imagined him much more charming and handsome (though I know Gable was probably considered very attractive at the time . . . and maybe now . . . by some?).


3. Scarlett O'Hara (from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell). I thought about cutting out either Rhett or Scarlett, but I just couldn't do it. I love them both. Rhett's a great bad boy, but Scarlett's probably an even better bad girl. She's cocky, beautiful, selfish, and incredibly rude. I love the contrast of her Southern belle coquettishness with her inner bitch/diva. Plus, despite all that, she is actually very strong and determined. When things are falling apart (you know, what with the Civil War and all), she's the one that steps up and makes things happen.


4. Remus Lupin (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling). He's just so lovable. The geeky professor who guides Harry like a father but also has this horrible secret tearing him apart. I love all the chapters of Harry Potter involving the Marauders, but Lupin was definitely my favorite. Unfortunately, I really disliked his movie counterpart too. Not at all like I imagined (this isn't my only complaint, but what's with the mustache?).
5. Harry Potter (he needs no introduction). It sounds stupid to say, but it's true: Harry's the hero of my generation. He's an orphan with a troubled upbringing who learns he's so much more interesting than he ever imagined (i.e., a famous wizard). He is courageous, bright, and talented, but he's got his problems too. He's misunderstood at times, moody, a little cocky. But that's what makes him great. He's just a regular guy beneath it all, a guy who slacks off on his homework and has trouble talking to girls. I grew up right along with him, and there's no question that he's one of my favorites.

*Daniel Radcliffe's okay, but he's not at all how I imagined Harry. To me, Harry will always look like this. Like he was drawn in the original (U.S. version) books.



6. Oskar Schell (from Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer). Precocious and imaginative, determined but depressed, Oskar's voice is what draws you into Extremely Loud. And I loved, loved, loved his inventions-- the birdseed jacket, the ambulance with a flashing message on top, the super-long limo.

*No picture for Oskar. I couldn't find any drawings I liked and I haven't seen the movie.

7. Seymour Glass (from various stories by J.D. Salinger). After Catcher in the Rye, I read Salinger's other books-- Nine Stories, Franny & Zooey, and Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. Seymour appears in all of these in one way or another. Many of Salinger's stories revolved around the Glass children, child geniuses who once had their own radio show. Seymour is the most interesting to me, partially because we never get to see him clearly. He's usually talked about rather than seen. The only time we do see him, I believe, is when he kills himself. Just a really interesting guy.

*Also no picture. Just couldn't find one, sadly. I would have loved to see an interpretation.

8. Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson). She's truly unique. A small, pixie sort of girl with a photographic memory and incredible computer hacking skills. Not to mention her brutality if you dare to mess with her. I loved her movie adaptation too (meaning Rooney Mara-- I haven't seen the Swedish version).


9. Stephen Colley (from I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith). He's a gorgeous but awkward gardener who just can't seem to get the girl. Super sweet (sometimes annoyingly so) but always incredibly earnest (which usually makes up for it). Plus, his movie counterpart is gorgeous.

Am I right or am I right?

10. Nately, the Chaplain, and Yossarian (from Catch-22 by Joseph Heller). I read Catch-22 years ago and there were several characters I really liked, but these three stand out. And I can't remember why exactly, to be honest. Yossarian had a great sense of humor and Nately's kind of pathetically entertaining, but I barely remember anything about the chaplain now. Only that I liked him!



I can't wait to see everyone else's choices and if you're a visitor, I'd love to hear your thoughts on mine. Are any of my favorites also yours? Or to make it more interesting-- do you hate any of my favorites? Let me know below! 

30 comments:

  1. I really like The Catcher in the Rye while I was in high school--and I wasn't even an angsty teen! ha ha I reread it awhile ago, and I wasn't quite as invested, but it was still a great read. I try to recommend it to people who are still in high school, just in case there's such a thing as reading it too late in life and not related as much.

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    1. I can definitely see that. I'm not sure if it would be a favorite of mine if I hadn't read it as a teen (I hope so, but you never know!). I did recommend it to my dad, who I'm pretty sure hadn't read it before, a few years ago and he loved it! He even calls people phonys sometimes :)

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  2. Oh, I can't believe I forgot "I Capture the Castle" - although Cassandra's my favourite character of the cast. You're so right though, Stephen is a sweetheart. And Henry Cavill is utterly gorgeous.

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    1. Oh my god, I know. Love Henry Cavill! Although I do think he was cuter when he was younger (like in "I Capture the Castle"). He looked so much bigger and older when I saw him in "The Tudors."

      And I really like Cassandra too. She'd have been a great pick as well.

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  3. I almost picked Lupin but I ended up going with Neville great list!

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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    1. Neville's a great pick too! He definitely had the biggest transformation from start to finish (and I don't just mean because the actor playing him in the movies suddenly lost his baby fat) :)

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  4. Ahhh some awesome characters you've chosen here! Especially the last one (I love Yossarian!)

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    1. Me too! I'll have to read "Catch-22" again soon because I don't remember it much, but I know I loved Yossarian. That book just cracked me up.

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  5. I LOVE this list! I absolutely love that picture of Harry Potter- that's how I imagine him too! And Lupin is obviously shabby chic. I love Oskar from 'Extremely Loud...'- he is so adorable and special. Great list!

    My TTT: http://www.pocketfulofbooks.com/2012/04/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-characters-in.html

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    1. haha. Shabby chic is a great description of Lupin! I don't know what it is exactly, but that tired eyes/tattered clothes thing just makes him so lovable.

      And I'm glad other people imagine Harry Potter like that too! I really hope new generations of kids read the books before seeing the movies, because those drawings really shaped how I see the characters and they fit Rowling's descriptions much better than the actors (which is understandable, considering many of them were hired as kids).

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  6. Lisbeth is a fantastic choice! I love Rooney as her. She did a amazing job. Great choices!

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    1. Rooney Mara did do a great job with her. I was so impressed. The whole movie was really impressing to me, honestly. Rarely has the book-to-movie translation worked so well!

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  7. Love Rhett, Scarlett and Lisbeth Salander! Excellent choices.

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. I totally wimped out on this topic because it would have been hard for me to choose 10 - but I'm loving all the lists - ncluding yours of course :-) And Lisbeth - oh yrs - one of my favorite characters.

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    1. I totally understand! It was hard to knock it down to 10, but I'm pretty happy with my choices. If I'd had one more option, I think I might've added Jo March.

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  9. Love Harry Potter. I need to reread GWtW and I have got to get to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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    1. I would definitely recommend "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." It's a really exciting story and the movie's great too. I did think the second book wasn't quite as good, and I haven't gotten to the third yet.

      And I really need to reread "Gone with the Wind" too. It's been so long! I still think of it as one of my favorites, but that seems wrong when it's been 7 or 8 years since I first read it (and might not judge it the same as I did then . . . though I think I'll still love it when I finally get around to it).

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  10. I had Scarlett and Lisbeth on my list too! As for casting choices they've grown on me over time. Vivien Leigh I didn't like at the beginning of the movie, but loved by the end. I've come to appreciate Clark Gable cause I really do think he acts the part well, but I have never found him very attractive either.

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    1. They've grown on me a little (when I first saw it, I was extremely unhappy with them!), but not much. Vivien Leigh does a good job looking the part, but I find her a little more annoying than I picture Scarlett. And Clark Gable does act the part well, I agree, I just don't like the looks of him (as I've already said).

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  11. Very interesting list! I must say Holden Caulfield annoyed me a little, but to each his own.
    Great HP picks, I agree with your philosophy on him :)
    And Lisbeth is wonderful. In my opinion the Swedish character is better than the Hollywood film's, but that could be because I watched the Swedish film first.
    Feel free to visit my list :)

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    1. I've heard the Swedish version is better from a number of people, but I haven't been wanting to see it much regardless. I'm just so content with the American version already! Plus, I like Rooney better as far as looks go for Lisbeth. The Swedish actress didn't look as delicate as I imagine her.

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  12. I agree!! Another Gone With the Wind adaption!! (Though I love the original.) We talked about who might fill the roles over at my place recently. (No expectation for a comment. I'm only sharing.)

    Your #9 pic makes me want to read I Capture the Castle. And I have to say, your #1 discussion is the first thing I've read that makes me not so scared to try The Catcher in the Rye. My mom has told me reading it in school was excrutiating for her. I never had it assigned, and I've been kind of avoiding it...

    Also, I really need to read Harry Potter.

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    1. I wonder why no one's considered it already?!? I mean, they've done updates of tons of old movies (Sabrina, The Great Gatsby, etc.). It'd definitely make a lot of money too (since we all know that's what the movie companies are most concerned about).

      If you like bookish narrators, England, coming of age stories, and romance, you'll like "I Capture the Castle." It's a really cute book.

      And I can't believe you haven't read "The Catcher in the Rye" OR "Harry Potter"!!! They're two of my favorites! I can see how "Catcher" isn't for everyone because Holden's kind of a "love him or hate him" character. I (obviously) adore him.

      And "Harry Potter" doesn't need any explanation. Just go read it! It might not be as magical for you since you're not a child, but it's just a wonderful, imaginative story. Plus, you'll understand what everyone's been talking about all these years!

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  13. You're so right about Stephen Colley and I Capture the Castle! Such a wonderful book.

    I wanted to put Lupin on my list, but I couldn't and leave out Sirius, Snape and, well, everyone else! So I left them all off. ;) Did the U.S. editions have illustrations? I didn't know that.

    I still haven't read Catcher in the Rye, but I love that illustrated edition!

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    1. I totally understand :) Some love Sirius, some love Snape, but for me Lupin was always where it was at. And the U.S. editions did have illustrations! At the beginning of each chapter, there was a little black and white drawing. I loved them. For almost every character, those pictures define how I imagine them.

      And definitely read "The Catcher in the Rye"! As another commenter mentioned, it might not resonate as much with you the first time if you're not a teen, but it's still a great book. J.D. Salinger is one of my favorite authors.

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  14. Haha, if I had put men on my list (because apparently I decided to be totally sexist in my choices this week) I would have TOTALLY included Remus Lupin! I love him so much, probably my favorite male character in the whole series.

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    1. Yeah! Go Lupin! He's definitely my favorite. Harry's great too, but no one beats Lupin for me.

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  15. Yours is one of my favorite lists so far. Ahhh, Holden Caulfield. Extremely Loud is on our DVD pile to watch this week. Anywho...fabulous list.

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    1. Thanks! I've been meaning to watch Extremely Loud too, though I'm pretty sure I won't be a fan (I know they take out the Dresden story and everything else I've heard has said it's just full of tears and emotional moments- which isn't how the book was for me at all).

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