Happy 2017 everyone, and I hope the early days of the new year have treated you well.Someone suggested I write this list, and I thought it would be rather fun. So, here goes!
1. John Coffey (The Green Mile by Stephen King)
John Coffey the crying gentle giant as seen in the film adaptation is given hidden nuances in the book. He is a good character in an evil world.
2. Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
He is a favourite character of mine because he is so wise and is the voice of reason in a society rocked by class and race issues.
3. Charlie (Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes)
A mentally deficient man who undergoes an operation to become smart, he was an interestingly complex character (he is also the narrative voice). His character in the book forced me to question my own perception of intelligence and society’s reaction to those who they see as lacking.
4. Bathsheba Everdeen (Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy)
A strong female character who challenges representation because representation of both men and women is turned on its head and she is not in thrall of any of the male protagonists who would traditionally rescue her.
5. John Coffey (The Green Mile by Stephen King)
John Coffey, the crying gentle giant as seen in the film adaptation is given hidden nuances in the book. He is a good character in an evil world.
6. Paul Baumer (All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque)
This character is on this list due to the massive change his character undergoes during the course of the story. He becomes world-weary in a world brimming with war, and he realizes that war is not as heroic as he was led to believe, as he has to endure seeing all of his friends in his regiment be killed off. In the same way, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from the German perspective of World War I.
7. Richard (Nevewhere by Neil Gaiman)
Feeling the same disillusionment in a big city felt by many, he ends up in London Below. I liked this character because he was part and parcel of Gaiman’s crazy storytelling.
8. Eddie (The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom)
Following his death in a amusement park ride accident, he meets five people significant to his life. Of course he is massively flawed, but he also learns how important his life was to those around him.
9. Jean Valjean (Les Miserables by Victor Hugo)
Everyone is familiar with the central character of Hugo’s novel. He is a favourite character of mine because the book charts his redemption and exemplifies his ability to show the mercy to others which had once been shown to him.
10. Enzo (The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein)
I’ve included this guy in the list despite him being a dog. I love his character because it exemplifies the strong relationship between a faithful dog and his human.
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this list. I had lots of fun compiling it and hopefully this will be another blogpost to revisit in the future. Who are your favourite book characters? Let me know in the comments xxx