April 24, 2012

U is for...Unforgettable Characters

Today's Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish is about our all-time favourite book characters. It's 'U' day in the A to Z Challenge, so I've decided to do a bit of a mashup of the two. This is what I came up with:

UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS

Let me tell you, this was hard to narrow down. I stuck to YA because that's what I read most of the time, and I went with the first characters that popped into my head. I'm sure I'm probably overlooking scads of really great characters, but since we don't want to be here all day...


(In no particular order. All books are linked to their Goodreads descriptions.)

1)  Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series)
Despite driving me a little bonkers when it came to Peeta, Katniss is one of the best YA characters ever. She's self-sacrificing, stubborn, tough, and smart. Katniss is a survivor despite the unfavourable odds.

2)  Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games series)
Peeta's one of those all-around great characters. He's steadfast and loyal, clever, strong in more ways than just physical. Peeta's self-sacrificing, artistic, and his love for Katniss is unconditional. Team Peeta! ☺

3)  Katsa (Graceling, Bitterblue)
Of all the characters listed here, Katsa's probably the one I'm most envious of. I would love to have her fighting/survival skills. Katsa is a kickass and compelling character, but she's still relatable. 

4)  Po (Graceling, Bitterblue)
Po's another one of those book boys who puts up with a lot from his book lady. Katsa's a handful, and Po just takes it all in stride. He's loyal, understanding, strong but gentle, and a skilled fighter.

5)  Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)
Hermione's the spokesmodel for bookish gals the world over. She makes being smart and nerdy look really good, which is just fantastic. Hermione can kick your butt with a thousand different spells.

Such a unique individual in so many respects. Karou is memorable for so many reasons, but I don't want this to get all spoilery. I pretty much just love every little thing about Karou. End of story.

7)  Lola Nolan (Lola and the Boy Next Door)
Speaking of unique, Lola stands out in my mind for that reason in particular. Her love of costume as everyday fashion made me smile. I envy her confidence, and how she's unafraid of standing out.

8)  Alianne (Aly) (Trickster's Choice, Trickster's Queen)
Aly's kind of stuck in the shadow of all the powerful adults who surround her, so it's awesome to see her come into her own. She's witty, determined, and a skilled spy, which is pretty darn cool.

9)  Four (Divergent)
I'll try to avoid descending into fangirl squealing. Four embodies what the original intent of his faction, Dauntless, was supposed to be. He's brave despite his fears, strong, loyal, and intelligent. 

10)  Saba (Blood Red Road)
The first thing that springs to mind when I think of Saba is her voice. The book is written in Saba's dialect, and it has a way of lodging itself in your memory. I loved it! To borrow from Goodreads: Saba is "a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent." Unique and compelling.

Which YA characters would you give the label UNFORGETTABLE?


P. S. I just realized I forgot about Cinder (Cinder). A cyborg Cinderella? Totally memorable!

25 comments:

  1. Love your list! You thought of a bunch that I forgot about. This is a fun week on Top Ten...

    Here's my Top Ten

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    1. It was a fun week, and even more so blending it with the A to Z Challenge :)

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  2. Your list is a mix of some I know, some I don't know, and some on my TBR list. I almost put Hermione on my top ten for a lot of the same reasons you included her. And your mention of Four reminds me I need to re-read DIVERGENT *this week*! Only a week to go before INSURGENT hits the shelves, or my mailbox if Amazon has their act together!! :D

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    1. I'm thinking of re-reading DIVERGENT too before INSURGENT. Guess I should get on that, right? I usually plough right through it, though. :)

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  3. This is an incredible list, have to say Katniss is my favorite though. And Peeta, of course. :D

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    1. Yeah, those two would probably top my list too :)

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  4. Love your list. I had already posted today, so I'm posting my list tomorrow. We have a couple in common (LOVE a bookish girl, ahem!)

    Great list - like Colin, I'm reminded I need to RE-read Divergent this week!

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    1. It was fun blending Top Ten Tuesday with the A to Z Challenge :) I'm definitely thinking of re-reading DIVERGENT before INSURGENT comes out. It'll be a quick read because I love it so much!

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  5. I love these choices, particularly Katsa, Po, Karou, Lola, Hermione, and Katniss! All so memorable! (I finished GRACELING nearly two weeks ago, by the way, and I STILL can't stop thinking about that book!)

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    1. Katsa a special breed of kickass, isn't she? I just really enjoyed those books, and I hope Kristin Cashore writes a ton more in that world. :)

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  6. Oh Peeta - without a doubt. Love Hermione too! I absolutely MUST add Graceling to my TBR.

    PS - I totally stole that Peeta picture. LOVE

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    1. GRACELING is awesome! Katy will back me on this :) And Peeta is just all-around great. Love that guy so much :)

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  7. I love Karou too. It's rare to come across such a completely original character these days.

    My TTT. 

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    1. You're right about that. She was very original, which made it fun to read about her. And Laini Taylor's writing is just gorgeous too. :)

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  8. I had Hermione on my list this week too. And love all your other picks as well! It reminds me that I need to re-read both Graceling and Divergent before the new books come out in May!

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    1. And they come out the same day! I won an ARC of BITTERBLUE, but hadn't yet read GRACELING or FIRE. I ploughed through (loved them!) so that I could make good use of having an ARC. :) I definitely need to re-read DIVERGENT this week, though.

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  9. absolutely LOVED your list! I wanted to put so many of them on my list too! I'm reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and loving Karou right now too!

    Here are my Top Ten Tuesday picks

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    1. Karou is an exceptional character, and Laini Taylor's writing is just amazing! Can't wait for the next one, but it's going to be awhile. :(

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  10. Such an awesome topic! I LOVE Four <3 & Peeta was one of my faves, too--especially in MOCKINGJAY. I liked the turn his character took. I really need to read LOLA and DAUGHTER so many people have raved about both of these books. I would add Cole from SHIVER and LINGER and Briony from CHIME. I'm sure there are more, just can't think right now!

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    1. Four and Peeta are easily two the best book boyfriends. :) I haven't read SHIVER, LINGER, or CHIME, but I have the first two. I almost bought CHIME today, actually. Now I'll something to look forward to. :)

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  11. Katsa IS such a fabulous character. I love her and think I only chose Fire over Katsa on my list because I just finished Fire and its on my mind. :) Happy Tuesday!

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  12. I loved Lola. She's such a great character. I liked seeing how she grew throughout the book.

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  13. I really love your list because many of the books on your list are on my TBR - Divergent, Graceling and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That makes me even more excited to read them! I included Peeta on mine, but I obviously loved Katniss too! And I'm mad I took Hermione off my list because I totally should have kept her on there. What was I thinking?! Great list & I'm excited to have found your blog!

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  14. I loved Saba's sister more. :P
    Great list! Katniss <3

    Check out my top 10 here

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