Reading is a fantastic past time. It’s the opposite of rotting, bleakness, and lack. With books there is always something new to learn or rediscover. It’s like eating a really good meal and relishing the delicious taste and the whole experience afterwards.
You live numerous lives and see blinding worlds; feel the strike of thunder, the ruckus of a fast beating heart, and have fear and dread wrap around you like a long lost friend. Books are simply incredible and to the lucky few who allow themselves to indulge and get lost within the pages of a good book, there is nothing like the big treat that reading is!
This year has been a year of good reading for me – not always good books, but always good reading. In the past, I’ve been reveling in books but probably not as much as recently where books take front and center and is a regular thing (have to thank my Babe for that ). In this post, I’d like to share a few of my favorite fictional characters from literature that I truly enjoyed and breathed life into.
I think this is one of the most magical things about good books – after reading you ache to have one fictional character for real to have and hold… But it doesn’t matter really, because sometimes even though the characters are just in your head, they are as alive as anyone can be. These are a few of my favorites. Who are yours?
- Dumbledore, Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling – Dumbledore is the epitome of wisdom, leadership, and strength. What strikes me most is that he is so soft but so powerful. I wish I can be as smart as him when I grow old – plus he’s a very good teacher too!
- Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling – How much did you hate Bellatrix when she killed Sirius Black? Oh my, I love Bellatrix because her character is so whimsical, dark, and mysterious. She is loyal, brave, and rough. She might be a maniacal killer but that doesn’t stop me from marveling at her strengths.
- Christian Grey, Fifty Shades Trilogy, E.L. James – For the record, I don’t like, like the Fifty Shades Trilogy but I do am captivated by the intricacies of Christian Grey’s character – not because he is every woman’s dreamboat minus the Red Room of Pain part, but because for someone so beautiful he is so tormented and you can almost taste the soul writhing agony.
- Mama Elena, Like Water for Chocolate, L. Esquivel – I’m not particularly keen on magical realism but Mama Elena, the headstrong matriarch on Like Water for Chocolate, is just fascinating. A very strong woman with a fanatical sense of tradition, the woman is out of this world. Even in her death she antagonizes others in defense of what she believes in. I thank the Lord she won’t be my mother-in-law.
- Noah Calhoun, The Notebook, N. Sparks – When I wrote my book review for The Notebook, I installed Noah into my fictional character choice list. This is what I wrote about his character: I loved the way Sparks vividly described him, pocketbook like almost. Noah was agile but sensitive, smart but tender, looking forward but rooted. Even if he recited poetry, he felt real. I swear it’s not just because of Ryan Gosling.
- Fox Harris, Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned, K. Friedman – Imagine Dumbledore doing drugs and out comes Fox Harris: smart, vibrant, blowzy, and spirited. Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned gets a lot of its wit, charm, and character from Fox and his brand of insanity is exactly the kind that will push you to question sanity. I love Fox – I wish I can have a friend like him, even if that means having to bust someone out of a mental hospital!
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