Are you tired of all the Best Ofs already? I'm not, so from hereon to the end of the year I'll publish a few "cream of the cream" lists of my own. This first one features my favourite fictional boys, girls and villains of the year 2014 - a wonderful year of reading it was.
The best female character
|Jessica Atreides courtesy of SanC-Art.|
Holly Sykes from The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
Jessica Atreides from Dune (Frank Herbert)
I admit being slightly allergic to the phrase "kick-ass female character" (I much prefer my girls to be normal human beings, thank you very much), but it kind of fits the bill in your case. It was all kinds of wonderful to follow your inner monologue. If Bene Gesserit training was available in our world, I would not need to be taking anti-depressants.
Morwenna (Mori) Phelps from Among Others (Jo Walton)
Dear Mori, let me give you a hug. I know how it feels. I was you once, long ago. Your mind is a wonderful thing - don't ever let it become narrow and let people tell you "SF? What are you - a kid/nerd/trekkie?" I love you.
The best male character
|Locke Lamora & Jean Tannen courtesy of BotanicaXu.|
Jacob de Zoet from The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell)
Ah... how tragic be you, life. Jacob is a beautifully written character, thus the title should go to Mitchell instead. He is charming in his naivety and courage (always the winning combination).
Jean Tannen from The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch)
Jean is the character I would have dated in high school. Must be the glasses and the bookishness. Though it's pretty okay, in my book, how he constantly saves Locke's skinny ass. (Who's the main character of these books, again...?)
Homer Wells from The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
I don't have an easy reasoning to love Homer Wells. He is a bit of a broken soul, and no hero. Most people would consider him a coward I suppose (right on, Melony), but I prefer to think some people simply struggle with more complicated inner conflicts. He does the right thing, in the end. Truth is, I just love Irving's male characters (OWEN MEANY). Right? Right.
The best villain
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen courtesy of SimonDubuc.
Arabella Donn from Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
Dolores "hem, hem" Umbridge from youknowwhatbooks (too lazy to check which numbers they were) (J.K. Rowling)
The favourite "love to hate" villain in the world, most likely. Despite my pacifistic views, I would have liked to punch her in the face.
William Hamleigh from The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
William, though I hate you from the bottom of my heart, I also pity you. What a miserable life it must have been, filled with hate and stupidity from being a little boy to being an old man. Also, you are a perv.
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen from Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dear Baron, you are a member of my favourite category of villains - The Fat Wiseass. Maybe you don't even belong here because I do admire your intelligence and cunning mind.
The next crème de la crème edition - Best Quotes of 2014.
Lovely post! I own Jo Walton's book, and I know I'm just absolutely going to love it. One for 2015 :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Sam! People's opinions really seem to vary regarding Among Others, but I think you might enjoy it. It's a quiet and beautiful book.Delete
Great post and a very interesting gallery of characters!ReplyDelete
Thank you Bettina. :)Delete
Umbridge is such a great villian! A lot of people love to hate her even more than Voldemort, for good reason.ReplyDelete
Yes - I didn't even consider Voldemort, but Umbridge is... maaan... I mean... just my hands start itching when I think about her. What a character.Delete
I feel exactly the same way about Umbridge! Loving this roundup :DReplyDelete
Thanks Ellie. I'd like to see a person who felt differently about Umbridge :))Delete
Love this post, I hope you do many more of them; even if I haven't read most of these books. I do remember loving Jessica in Dune but it has been a long timeReplyDelete
Thanks Michael, I have a few in mind but depends how time works out. There'll be quotes and best books, at least. It was my second attempt with Dune and loved it this time around.Delete
UMBRIDGE ALWAYS for worst villain. She's even hatefuller than Voldemort, which is some trick.ReplyDelete
Umbridge is some piece of fruit. Props to Rowling for coming up with her.Delete
Jean Tannen!! <3 He's so great.ReplyDelete
And Umbridge is EASILY the most evil person in the Harry Potter books. Voldemort ain't got nothin on her.
Haha I was thinking if you agree with me about Jean :) He really is quite great. I have the third book on the shelf, must make time to read it next year.Delete
Nice post!! Thanks for sharing your favorite male and female characters and the best villains!! I'd have to think about which are my favorites for the year... Although, I must admit, that my all time favorite villain of all time is the character, Cathy Ames, from East of Eden by John Steinbeck.ReplyDelete
Thanks. East of Eden is very very high in my tbr list, and I hope to read it in the first half of 2015. Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is one of my all time favourites, so I don't have doubts I'm going to love East ... as well.Delete