Saturday, July 24, 2010

Top Ten Picks: Male Literary Characters

Top Ten Picks is hosted by Random Ramblings. When I saw this meme, I knew I would enjoy creating a list of my own. I should note that not all of these characters are necessarily book crushes, and that with the exception of my number one choice, these aren't in any particular order. Without further ado, here's my list.

10.) Weaver from A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Weaver is a character who’s strong, bold character. I love him because he’s intelligent and loyal to Mattie, the main character, throughout the novel. I would love it if Donnelly wrote a follow-up to A Northern Light were she told us all about what he goes on to do with his life.

9.) Stephen from I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
It was so hard for me not to develop a crush on Stephen. He’s sweet and struck me as such a romantic, as well as being passionate. Furthermore, I liked that he was still in the process of maturing at the beginning of the novel, because it made him a more interesting character.

8.) Oskar Schell from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Oskar was an expressive and honest character. However, I think my favorite traits about him were that he was eccentric and creative.

7.) George Emerson from A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
Mischievous would be a fabulous word to describe George, and I think the 1985 movie makes a particular effort to depict him as such. If I delve too much into what I like about him, I risk spoiling the story for others, so I will simply say this: I love that he’s passionate.

6.) Kent McFuller from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Those of you who’ve read my Character Connection post on Kent have already heard about my adoration of him, so I’ll keep it concise: he’s sweet, a little on the geeky side and he’s not one to sugar coat his opinions.

5.) Peeta from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I realize that I may lose some followers over this decision, and I can’t pretend for one second that it was an easy decision to make. Some people have said that they feel like Peeta doesn’t have as much of a backbone, but I like the side of Katniss he brings out. Plus, honorable mention goes to Gale, who I’d actually like to keep for myself. He strikes me as being stereotypically masculine (muscular, etc.). Who knows, though, Mockingjay could entire change my mind on this matter.

4.) Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Colonel Brandon strikes me as a rather stoic, quiet character, especially when played by Allan Rickman. I tend to think of him as a particularly loyal and patient man, both of which prove to be excellent qualities in his romantic endeavors.

3.) Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I can’t choose between these two brothers. I love that they do crazy things which I would have been too nervous to do as a teenager, and their senses of humor. However, they prove quick to stand up for family and friends.

2.) Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Ron is definitely kind of an awkward, nervous character, and there were definitely times when I grew frustrated with him. Much like his brothers though, he was quick to jump the defense of his loved ones, whether it be his little sister or a girl he’s pining after.

1.) Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Who else would top my list but Mr. Darcy? He may have his lessons to learn, but he’s utterly swoon worthy by the end of the novel and pursues what he really wants. Plus, Colin Firth plays him in the 1995 miniseries. What’s not to love?

I'd also like to give honorable mention to Sam from Shiver by Maggie Stiefavter. I didn't want to officially add him to the list as I'm still reading the book, but I love that he's the sensitive, music writing type.

Now that you know my choices, I'd love to hear who everyone else's favorite literary men are!


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  2. Yay! Finally someone else who loves the Weasely twins! It is difficult to choose a favorite, isn't it? They both rock too much ;)

  3. Mr. Darcy tops my list as well! And I can't believe I forgot all about Peeta when writing mine up...he is awesome :D

  4. I am sooo happy to see you agree with Oskar Schell. That book was lovely, but Oskar was just even more wonderful! And as you already know, I definitely agree with Kent and Ron, as well as the Weasley twins. I am still so sad though about their fate and what happened to them in the end..

  5. Great choices! Although I would replace Mr. Darcy with Captain Wentworth... ;)



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