Today’s official prompt is: Books You’d Mash Together (pick two books you think would make an epic story if combined). However, I couldn’t come up with anything for that topic, so I’m doing a throwback post where I’m re-visiting old TTT prompts and doing those instead. This week I’ll be doing two topics, with 5 answers for each post. Also, the characters aren’t in ranked order, these are just 5 of my favorites/least favorites.
Favorite / Least Favorite Book Characters
1. Bilbo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s work
I like Bilbo a lot in The Hobbit, but I also love how he grows and changes and ages in LOTR. He seems more real than a lot of Tolkein’s other characters from Middle Earth, and I love him for that.
2. Marco and Celia from The Night Circus
I can’t really separate these two from each other. They are a pair, and I love the way they’re written.
3. The Party in NPCs
As with Marco and Celia, I can’t really separate the Party from Drew Hayes’ NPCs. They are each individual characters, yes, but it is their interactions as a whole that I love so much. They remind me of friends I have played D&D with, and it is the group of them that made me fall in love with this book instead of any individual character.
4. Danilo Thann from Elaine Cunningham’s Harper novels
The Harper series from The Forgotten Realms books are only loosely tied together, but Cunningham’s characters are used in the books from this series that she wrote. While I remember that I used to associate with Arilyn, I always liked Danilo better because I felt he was a better developed character. Even though the books read like 90’s fantasy I still enjoy them for the characters.
5. Verity Price from Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid books
I think she’s fun. A lot of fun. Plus, she has the Aeslin Mice. I love her just for that. Actually, maybe for this favorite character I should just pick the mice…
Least Favorite Characters
1. Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series
I think she probably tops a lot of people’s list of least favorite characters. She seems more evil than Voldemort, because we don’t know why she behaves the way she does. She seems to be evil for the sake of evil, or maybe evil because it’s the way she gets power and authority.
2. Nerilka from Anne McCaffrey’s Pern (Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern & Nerilka’s Story)
I don’t remember much about this duology, so I can’t tell you with tons of detail about why I dislike Nerilka so. All I remember about her, really, is that there’s one scene where a Lord is upset and slamming his fists against the ground, and so Nerilka kneels so that he’s hitting her instead of the ground. Way to be a doormat, girl.
3. Big Brother from 1984
It’s hard in some ways to dislike a character that never really puts in an appearance, but it’s also completely accurate. Big Brother is the figurehead for The Party in this dystopian version of 1984, and so he’s also the figurehead for everything that’s wrong with The Party.
4. Anita Blake, titular character from Laurell K. Hamilton’s series
I started out liking Anita, to be fair. She was a kick-ass snarky heroine. And then she got dumb. I blame it on the sex, but really there was more to it than that.
5. John Smith from Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four
Ugh. This one is just an ugh. “John”, aka Number Four, is supposedly hiding on Earth from beings who want to kill him, and then he just decides he doesn’t want to be safe instead and uses his powers for silly tricks. Dumb.
And a side note, any interest I had in the series was soured after I read about the publishing company’s misdeeds. (If you’re interested in learning more, this is a good place to start.)
These are fun lists, and I’m glad I limited myself to five each or I could have gone on for ages. Are any of these characters among your favorites (or least favorites) also? Who would top your list?