1. Remus Lupin - Harry Potter
I know. It's like on every one of my lists, something HP related, but during my fan girl days I was in love with this character. I had literary discussions on every facet of his nature described through what little we knew of him (at the time). He inspired the game of taking out the main word in a tag line and replacing it with the word Remus. (Still play that game to this day. Example: "Nobody does it like
2. Dexter Morgan - Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Who would have thought that I would ever loving being in the mind of a serial killer. I would hate it, unless it was Dexter's. This guy can make his problem seem like biting nails in its banality, and do it with an edge of sarcasm that makes me keep turning pages. Not to mention Michael C. Hall embraces him to a T.
3. Ruark Beauchamp - Shanna
My first favorite romance novel, Ruark was thus the first guy to sweep me off my feet, my Mr. Darcy if you will. Well, if Mr. Darcy was a pirate and a convicted felon. I remember loving lots about his character, like his... manliness? And that when I saw him show up just briefly mentioned on a page of another novel, I cried for joy.
4. Charlie Gordon - Flowers For Algernon
From romance novel hero to heartbreaking protagonist, I will never forget the connection I felt to Charlie the first time I read Flowers for Algernon. I don't even think I could explain it, just something about him and the feel of the play that makes me feel as well.
5. Beatrice - Much Ado About Nothing
I read this play in college and absolutely fell in love with Beatrice. Seriously, what a badass. Then I saw Emma Thompson play her in the movie and it was sealed. I mean one of her lines is "I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. " How awesome and girl power is that? And then it just gets all turned on its head and her relationship with Benedick is pretty much the definition of "made of win".
6. Mr. Darcy - Pride and Prejudice
I kind of feel like a sham for putting him on here seeing as I have never successfully read this book all the way through, but I still feel like I know him. Whether through movie, TV *cough*Colin Firth*cough* or just general life discussion, Mr. Darcy is the perfect man that every woman wants. It's because he is well rounded, a good soul but not without his flaws. He can admit his mistakes, but only after pulling teeth. He's a very human character. It's hard not to love him.
7. Odysseus - The Odyssey
When I read the Odyssey in high school, I really related to Odysseus. His tasks were compelling and all the things he brought upon himself and his men just made me hope and cheer him on. It's a great story and he is a great, well rounded, human character.
8. Leopold Dautry, Duke of Villiers - The Desperate Duchess Series
Another romance hero, but he is a special case. His character developed over the course of a 6 books series, culminating in his own book. It was awesome to see his development and watch his happily ever after unfold. A chess champ he almost succeeded in having me take up the sport again, but then I came to my senses. I suck at chess. But he is a flawed character, and I love him for his improvement.
9. Eowyn - The Lord of the Rings
When I was in to LotR, I read the last two books and fell in love with how badass she was. There are tons of awesome male characters in this world, but not many female. Eowyn is is exception. She is so much more awesome in the book than she is in the movie. She gave me a nice girl power feel reading about her.
10. Jo March - Little Women
I was introduced to the March sisters right when I started reading again after a dry spell. I loved Little Women so much I actually purchased it, which is not something I did often. I loved how powerful she was and how she had the gumption to take her dreams into her own hands and accomplish them, all while helping her family out. I could also relate to her strong will...
So there you have it folks. My top ten favorite characters of the moment. Hope you enjoy and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to participate as well.