Miss Moffat’s 15 Favorite Characters of Literature
Well, after yesterday’s rather depressing lineup of worst characters, today’s blog post will lift your spirits with Miss Moffat’s “15 Favorite Characters of Literature.”
15. Demelza Carne, the “Poldark” series.
Have you ever met anyone name Demelza? That’s why she’s on the list!
14. Stella Diamond, the “Morning Shade Mysteries” series.
This elderly detective drives her daughter Maude up the wall with her antics, including “watching ‘her program’ at mega-volume,” drinking lattes at the local Citgo convenience store, and convincing everyone at church to leave their shoes in the gathering space so she could go through them looking for clues.
13. Mary Ingalls, “Little House on the Prairie Series.”
I always felt that we didn’t get to know Mary well enough, and that’s pretty sad because I think she probably could have had some fascinating things to say about life on the prairie.
12. Benjamin Bunny’s Father, “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.”
Whatever his name first name is, Mr. Bunny certainly knew how to deal with unruly sons (and nephews), and had no fears when it came to large cats.
11. Maurice Laray, RCMP, “When Tomorrow Comes.”
Here we have a yet another seriously underrated character that should have his own book series. For pity’s sake, he was attacked by a bear, survived, converted, became an overall great guy, and got spurned by his best friend’s fickle sister.
10. Charles Hayter, “Persuasion.”
Poor Charles gets such a bad rap from the Musgroves.
9. Athelstane, “Ivanhoe.”
He’s a lummox who only thinks of his stomach. He even issues a challenge to a foe who has imprisoned him, saying, “I would fight ten such men if only to make them stop putting so much garlic in their porridge.”
8. Nancy Drew, “Nancy Drew Mystery Stories” series
Nancy’s first book was originally written in 1930, “The Secret of the Old Clock,” and there 56 classic Nancy Drew books, the last one being published in 1979, “The Thirteenth Pearl.”
7. Perseus “Percy” Jackson, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.”
His hilarious insights into Ancient Greek myths made me laugh out loud several times. Also, his sword is disguised as a ballpoint pen.
6. Gilbert Blythe, the “Anne of Green Gables” series.
“Gilbert Blythe is a rake."
5. Aslan, “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
“And of course Shasta knew none of the true stories about Aslan, the great Lion, the son of the Emperor-beyond-the-Sea, the High King above all high kings in Narnia. But after one glance at the Lion's face he slipped out of the saddle and fell at its feet. He couldn't say anything but then he didn't want to say anything, and he knew he needn't say anything.”-The Horse and His Boy
4.Anne Shirley, “Anne of Green Gables” series.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
3. Mr. Tilney, “Northanger Abbey.”
“Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings and plain black shoes– and appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense.”-Mr. Tilney to Catherine Morland
2. Benedict “Fish” Denniston, “Waking Rose.”
You will never meet another book character quite like Fish, because he’s just so Fishy.
1. Sam Gamgee, “The Lord of the Rings.”
He did all the hard stuff and didn’t ask for or get any praise. Sam’s funny, brave, caring, and he knows how to cook. He even cried when he had to ditch his pots and pans in Mordor. He’s definitely the kind of loyal friend everyone wants, and that’s why he’s number one on my list.
Whew! That was really hard!
Are there any characters you would add to the list?