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Favourite Literary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted at The Broke
and The Bookish.
I have a feeling most of these are going to be from fantasy
novels. But I would be lying, if I wrote otherwise.
1. DEATH from Discworld series by Terry Pratchett – Along
with Granny Weatherwax, Susan Sto Helit, Lord Vetinari, Tiffany Aching and even
Rincewind. But if I only had to choose one, it would be DEATH. HE’S FANTASTIC,
PLUS HE LIKES CATS. (see how I switched to Death-speak there?)
2. Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter series by J. K.
Rowling
– While I do also like Sirius, the Weasley twins, Hagrid and others,
the only other character that I come close to liking as much as Dumbledore is
Tom Riddle (the smart, handsome, obsessed-with the Dark Arts wizard, before he
turned into Voldemort, that is.) But Dumbledore wins. As J. K. Rowling herself
put it, “Everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives.”
3. Jack Torrance from The Shining by Stephen King – Also,
Dick Halloran. I don’t mean the character as portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the
stupid movie version, because he peeled off all the layers off the awesome
character that was Jack Torrance, and chose to act like a freaky psychopath
instead. I liked Torrance in the books; the guy through whose eyes you see the
story and you know that he’s not as bad as he appears (or, at least, he doesn’t
intend to be that bad) and you end up pitying him the most.
4. Konstantin Levin from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – The
socially inept, kindhearted but confused landowner was probably my favourite
character in the whole book; or at least, the one I could relate to the most. I
now want to get a dog, just so I can name her Laska.
5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter from the Hannibal trilogy by Thomas
Harris –
The Silence of the Lambs is one of the few movies adapted from books
that I actually like as much as the books. Anthony Hopkins is amazing as
Hannibal the Cannibal, and the character is probably the worst and the most
intriguing serial killer in fiction.
6. George Smiley from many novels by John le Carre – The
first Smiley book I read was The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, followed
closely by Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I loved both the books! John le Carre
really knows how to create memorable characters, and George Smiley is one of
those.
7. Elijah Baley from Robots series by Isaac Asimov – Lije
Baley always reminds me of Jack Carter (of Eureka) (…or maybe the other way
round) though the latter doesn’t constantly say ‘Jehoshaphat’, which is
probably the funniest word ever. Teamed up with R. Daneel, Lije is one of my
favourite characters from the series.
Making a list of ten is too hard, because I keep changing
it. So I am going to go with the list I have so far. I might have missed a few.
These are my Top Seven Favourite Book Characters ever; which
is good. As my Harry Potter obsessed sister once reminded me (in a
not-so-mildly disapproving fashion) – “Have you not read Harry Potter? 7
is the most magically powerful number, hello!” So, there.

Who are your favourite literary characters?
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