Once again the constraints of the number ten prove challenging in this weekly meme hosted by the Broke and Bookish. Choosing the genre was a no-brainer. About 70% of all my favourite characters live in a fantastical world. Below are my top ten:
10. Ana (Percheron, Fiona McIntosh)
Against all odds, when even the gods conspire against her, Ana shows inspiring strength and resilience.
9. Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis)
“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”
8. Royce Melborn and 7.Hadrian Blackwater (The Riyria Revelations, Michael J. Sullivan)
The dynamics between this inseparable duo reignited my love of fantasy.
6. Tyrion Lannister
The villain in the guise of hero or hero in the guise of villain depending on your point of view, Tyrion Lannister personifies Martin’s opinion of fantasy and life stereotypes.
5. Katsa (Graceling, Kristin Cashore)
She proves that you don’t need to be a guy to beat one.
4. Death (The Book Thief, Markus Zusak)
I’m not sure that this technically qualifies as a fantasy but for the purposes of this excersice we’ll assume it does.
3. Kvothe (The Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss)
This kid has brains which is such as nice change from the usual sword crazy fantasy heroes.
2. Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin)
The things this girl has been through make most people’s childhoods look like a waltz through candyland. You cannot help but admire her strength of character and fortitude.
1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling)
Like most of you, I have grown up with the students at Hogwarts and their many magical misadventures. Hermione reminded me that being smart wasn’t a bad thing and being strong didn’t mean physicality.