2.Nealan of Queenscove from Tamora Pierce’s ‘Protector of the Small’ series
Oh, heck, I love all of Tamora Pierce’s characters. I love George. I love Daine. I love Aly. I love Numair and Nawat. The reason I’ve picked these two is that Alanna is probably the character that I respect the most out of every one I’ve come across—she’s strong, determined, human, and probably the single reason I took up fencing. Neal just makes me laugh pretty much any time he appears. For example:
[Regarding a nasty classmate who’s suddenly being nice.]
Kel: He says he’s changed.
Nealan: I suppose he could have changed. I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil.
Forget that quote that goes ‘Disney gave me unrealistic expectations about love.’ Tamora Pierce gave me unrealistic expectations about love. Not because her romances are ‘boy meets girl, they fall in love, live happily ever after’ a la Disney—far from it. Her male characters are just far too awesome.
3. Dorian from Richelle Mead’s ‘Dark Swan’ series
For anyone who’s read these books, Dorian’s awesomeness needs no justification or explanation. He’s just too cool. He’s not the kind of sneaky guy who’ll pretend to be in love with you while he plots against you in secret: he’ll do both at the same time and be completely blunt about his intentions. It makes for some funny moments.
4. Lirael from Garth Nix’s ‘Abhorsen’ trilogy
I like Lirael a lot more than Sabriel—she’s an outcast in the Clayr community, which I empathized with a lot when I was twelve, insecure and re-read the books about fifty times. Plus, she’s got an awesome sidekick: the Disreputable Dog, who delivers some of the funniest one-liners I’ve ever heard!
5. Graves from Lili St. Crow’s ‘Strange Angels’ series
Graves is just one of the most realistic characters I’ve come across. As I’ve mentioned before, his authoress seems to deliberately go out of her way to point out his faults—his caterpillar eyebrows, for example—yet we love him anyway, because he’s funny and generally quite nice. Forget Edward Cullen style ‘I AM PERFECT ALL THE TIME’ rubbish: Graves has his jerkish moments, but that just adds to how realistic his character is!
Who are your favorite literary characters? If you blog about them, post a link in the comments-- I'd love to see! :)