This was a really hard list to fill–I have SO many characters that I love, so how could I possibly pick 5? But I’ve narrowed it down, so here they are:
5. Jaime Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, Outlander
“There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I’ll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye—when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I’ll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save—respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?”
Jaime, you are perfect. I don’t think I can say much more than that, and I think you’d probably disagree with me. But stop. Because you are the most perfect hero I’ve ever encountered in a book–you’re loyal and loving, protective and patient. I love seeing you grow over the course of the series, and I love the way you love Claire. She’s extraordinary, and so are you.
4. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
Atticus, to be fair, I love your entire family. Scout and Jem are brilliant. But there’s something special about you.You treat your children like equals and love them unconditionally and show them right from wrong. You take on an impossible task and stand alone against your town, your home, against everyone and everything you know, because deep down in your heart, you feel it’s the right thing to do. You’re a true hero, Atticus.
3. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter
Are you sure that’s a real spell? Well, it’s not very good is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells myself and they’ve all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, it’s the best school of witchcraft there is I’ve heard – I’ve learned all the course books by heart of course. I just hope it will be enough – I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?”
Hermione, you were the first character I ever saw myself in. I was eleven when we met — the same age as you. You were bossy like me, had frizzy brown hair like me, and even had those awful front teeth, just like me. But most of all, you were smart and you didn’t hide it. Just like me. Even though I didn’t know how to pronounce your first name for quite a while, I loved you from the moment I met you. We grew up together, you and me. Every step of the way, you were there, going through so many of the same things. You made it easier and I can never thank you enough for that.
2. Perrin Aybara, The Wheel of Time
“Sometimes, especially in the dream, I forget I’m a man, not a wolf. If one of these times I don’t remember quickly enough, I’ll lose hold, I’ll be a wolf. In my head, at least. A sort of half-wrong image of a wolf. There won’t be anything of me left.”
Perrin, Perrin, Perrin. My favorite Two-Rivers ta’veren, the gentle blacksmith turned reluctant hero with an axe in one hand and a hammer in the other. You straddle two worlds, wolfbrother, in almost every sense: wolf and man, peasant and lord, boy and hero. You made quite the impression on pre-teen Jenny–I think every guy I’ve ever dated has had some of your best qualities, and my husband, Eric, is a total Perrin. I fell head over heels in love with your strength, with your patience, with your kind heart and fierce loyalty to your friends, with your golden eyes, with your constant concern for those around you. You and Jamie Fraser share a lot of similar qualities, but I loved you first, and I love you best.
1. Nancy Drew, Nancy Drew Series
“Ned said “Nancy Drew is the best girl detective in the whole world!”
“Don’t you believe him,” Nancy said quickly. “I have solved some mysteries, I’ll admit, and I enjoy it, but I’m sure there are many other girls who could do the same.”
Oh, Nancy. You were my first literary love. I read your books over and over again–the original series with the yellow spines, the Nancy Drew Files, Nancy Drew on Campus (early NA-lit, amiright? And also, I will NEVER forgive whoever broke you and Ned up. You are SOULMATES), even The Nancy Drew Diaries. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d say, “Nancy Drew.” Now that I’m older, I can read an entire story of yours in an hour or so, but that doesn’t mean your hold over me is lessened. You’re magic, Nancy, and I love you for it.
So there you go. 5 of my favorites. Who are some of your favorite characters, adventurers?