Today, I want to devote my blog post to all my favorite heroes and heroines in all the books I’ve ever read. Er, actually, that’s probably not a good idea. If I did that, then I’d be here all week...so maybe I’ll limit it to the top ten of each.
My top ten favorite heroines, in no particular order:
Bryn—Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
DJ Schwenk—Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
Raine Benares—Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin
Theodosia—Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
Nya—The Shifter by Janice Hardy
Nastasya—Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Aislinn—Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Cammie Morgan—Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
Jenna—The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Calpurnia Tate—The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Frankie—The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
My top ten favorite heroes, in no particular order:
Oscar Banks—Candor by Pam Bachorz
Bo Marsten—Rash by Pete Hautman
Connor—Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Marcus—Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Titus—Feed by M.T. Anderson
Chris—Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
Marcelo—Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Seth—Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Jerome Foxworthy—The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
Enzo (I know, he’s a dog...but he’s a *male* dog, so it counts)—The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Putting this list together started out as a fun thing to do, and the only goal was to see what it looked like in the end. But, once it was done, I noticed something. I relate to all these characters on a very deep and fundamental level. See, I’m very much an explorer-type—external or internal. I’m all about trying to find what else is out there, or what else is within myself.
Many of these characters are the same way. Whether it’s taking your identity by the horns, as in Jenna’s case, or learning how to step back and see the big picture, as in Marcelo’s case, all of these characters have stepped into the unknown. Either by choice, circumstance, or necessity. Dealing with the unknown requires courage and determination, and I have a healthy respect for those qualities.
These are the kinds of characters I endeavor to write. I want my own characters to have as many layers as these do, and I want them to have to deal with the discomfort and fear that comes with the unknown. After all, that’s when you’re true colors shine...
So, what about you? Who are your favorite characters? Are they the ones that you want your own characters to live up to?