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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Meme - Day 14

Day 14 - Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)

How many can I mention?  In no particular order:

Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice
Lucy Pevensey from The Narnia books
Dido Twite from several books by Joan Aiken
Marcus from Rosemary Sutcliffe's Eagle of the Ninth
Tamsyn from The Armourer's House, also by Rosemary Sutcliffe

There are probably many more, but these are all I can think of for the moment.  Funny how only one of the five comes from a grown-up book?  Are the characters in children's books easier to like or dislike, without grey areas?  Was I more susceptible to feeling passionate about characters when I was a child?  (And I first read Pride and Prejudice at around the age of 10 or 12, so in that case, that would still count). 

A further thought - again thanks to Rosemary Sutcliffe - for the past 40 years or so I have been totally obsessed with Sir Thomas Fairfax, who featured in her novels The Rider of the White Horse and Simon, to the extent that when I lived in England in the 1990s I dragged my unfortunate husband around the countryside looking for sites connected to him and the Civil War.

I got a bit obsessed with D'Artagnan from The Three Musketeers for quite a long time too, but I think that was more to do with the Richard Lester films (and the extreme gorgeousness of D'Artagnan!) than anything else.  I have read The Three Musketeers and its sequel and rather loved Dumas for a while but I don't think he really counts.

1 comment:

Anthony said...

Courtesy of google alert I discover with delight that you are 'obsessed' with Sir Thomas Fairfax, partly because of Rosemary Sutcliff. And that Marcus in The Eagle of the Ninth is one of your favourite characters....but a gentle nudge, it is Sutcliff without an E.

Mind you, in writing in the E you are in reputable company, including her publisher on one occasion! (See Sutcliff Spelling Watch category at - indeed maybe you will post something about your obsessions and Rosemary my godmother's part in it at the You! page?)