Monday, January 01, 2007

Favorite Fictional Characters

My blolleague Charles Gramlich listed his Favorite Fictional Characters on his Razored Zen blog the other day and blolleague C.S. Harris followed with a similar listing. I, believing in the mystical symmetry of the triad, herewith list my own selections. Like C.S. Harris and blogfly Basil S. Ratbane, however, I noted that the previous lists I read were weighted heavily with males. Hence, I have made two lists--my favorites of each sex:

  1. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
  2. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
  3. Jo March (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)
  4. Claire Fraser (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)
  5. Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
  6. Venetia Lanyon (Venetia by Georgette Heyer)
  7. Archimedea "Maddie" Timms (Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale)
  8. Jessica Trent (Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase)
  9. Stephanie Plum (Plum series by Janet Evanovich)
  10. Anna Pigeon (Pigeon series by Nevada Barr)
  1. Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
  2. Jamie Fraser (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)
  3. Spenser (Spenser series by Robert B. Parker)
  4. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
  5. Dave Robicheaux (Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke)
  6. Joe Pike & Elvis Cole (Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais)
  7. John Corey (John Corey books by Nelson DeMille)
  8. Christian Langland, Duke of Jervaulx (Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale)
  9. Arkady Renko (Gorky Park, etc., by Martin Cruz Smith)
  10. Beowulf Malloren, Marquess of Rothgar (Malloren series by Jo Beverley)

Both Gramlich and Harris also listed their ten favorite characters from movies/TV, but my brain is tired. I will meditate on choices for that list and post it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day. . . .

(Question: The preceding sentence is a quotation from what, said by whom? Your prize is simply the mention of your name on the Sphinx Ink blog.)


Anonymous said...

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan, AKA Lord Greystoke, Saturday afternoon TV with old Johnny Wiesmuller Tarzan movies. Doesn't anyone remember this?

Sphinx Ink said...

Hiya, Absolute Zero, great to see you posting on the blog. Yep, Weismuller was a great Tarzan, a man of honor and courage--which Sphinx Ink sees as a common thread connecting everyone's Favorite Characters, both hers and others.

Weismuller also was one Hot Dude.

Charles Gramlich said...

I never watched those old Tarzan movies. Still haven't seen one all the way through. But I remember Tarzan from the books. One thing I notice that's interesting is how many "different" characters are on our lists.

Stewart Sternberg (half of L.P. Styles) said...

This is an interesting list. THinking of Tarzan, I have been giving consideration of trying my hand at writing pulp. Strange how pulp sounds like a genre all its own.

Anonymous said...

My favorite fictional character is, of course, Sphinx Ink.

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