I did a similar list on Facebook as a Note a while back but since I am slowly gaining more readers here, I thought I’d see what characters my blog readers love!
Here it is: Think of fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books) who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you. In my original post of this, there was some discussion on whether or not a fictional character can influence or change you. I firmly believe that yes, he/she can! Though characters’ realities are not our reality, we can certainly learn from them and their stories.
1. Vicky Austin from A Ring of Endless Light (and the other Austin family books) by Madeleine L’Engle
She’s a teenage girl searching for truth as she experiences the miracles of the natural world, faith, and writing.
2. Mateo, from the movie In America (Christy, the daughter/narrator, was a close second.) He’s a tortured soul who still finds in in his heart to bless a struggling but beautiful immigrant family.
3. Ephram Brown from the show Everwood
The first Ephram I “knew,” this young man with an “old soul” had lots of ups and downs in his teenage years, but in the end he made the wise decision to help others and to go after his true love. (And now I have my own 4-yr-old Ephraim!)
Awkward, nerdy teenage girl. Booksmart, but not street smart. Nevertheless, she was strong, brave, and loving. A hero in my book.
5. Emilio Sandoz from The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
This man went on the voyage of a lifetime to another planet – and lived through unthinkable experiences there. A modern-life Jacob who struggled with God, belief, and love.
6. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I have a soft spot in my heart for dear Bilbo, the first bearer of the ring. “We hobbits are plain, quiet creatures. Adventures make one late for dinner.” Yet what an adventure he went on!
This orphan found courage she didn’t know she had when she saved a bunch of children from being separated from their souls.
8. Clare Abshire DeTamble from The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
You either loved this book or you hated it. I loved it. Clare had to live through so much suffering being married to a man who time-traveled. I hope I have such a love for my husband.
9. Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry
He had to face the truth about his society and keep the secret. His intuition and integrity at such a young age is amazing.
She’s dirt poor, adventurous, intelligent, and caring. And then she has to become a hero.
I prefer the musical Elphaba to the book Elphaba. No matter how much she was ostracized, she always chose right.
13. Lucy Pevensie from the Narnia series
It was hard to pinpoint one character from this series. I like Lucy because she was the first one to go into Narnia, and always the one who believed even when she couldn’t prove or see it.
14. Maryam Mazars from The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
This is a pretty unknown book, but a beautiful read. Maryam, who is from Iran but married an Englishman, reveals her haunting childhood to her pregnant daughter. Maryam returns to Iran to face her past and her first love.
15. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I just love this little girl, who learns from her Dad that different doesn’t mean wrong.
Now it’s your turn!