Favorite Literary Hero or Heroine?

@irisheyes (4373)
United States
April 29, 2007 2:31pm CST
Hi There Everybody!I haven't put up any threads in a good long time and so I thought I'd go with this which stems from a conversation with some friends a couple of nights ago. Who is your all time favorite fictional hero or heroine? (or anti hero/heroine) Mine is definitely Becky Sharpe from Thackeray's Vanity Fair. She's the qunitessential bad girl who has a heart and one of the most memorable characters in English Literature. My friends chose Ignatius Reilly, Gnosses Pappadopolous (spelling?), Sydney Carton & Detective Morse. I was wondering who some of my Mylot friends and other Mylotians would choose?
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@KATRINKA (1659)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Becky Sharpe is a great bad girl. For me, it would have to be Nick from The Great Gatsby. And then there's Daisy who met her tragic ending. Scarlett O'Hara is another good one for being cunning and resourceful.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Gatsby is a great book. I think Sam Waterston played nick in the movie and everytime I see Law & Order, I think of Gatsby. I have a feeling Scarlet will make a lot of lists.
• United States
29 Apr 07
Not sure I really count as a Tolkienite, but I love the characters of Beleg Strongbow, and even more Strongly, Aragorn/Estel. Tolkien took his time with Aragorn, first writing him in as a Hobbit, and later changing the complete history of the character! From Hobbit to man, he worked the dialog so carefully that the two versions of the character are so different that it's a wonder he was able to do it. I adore the carefully chosen words of Aragorn; ever eloquent, and always respectful. Great voices have had to play him in order o step up to the nobility of the character, including Sir Robert Stephens and John Hurt. I'm a Sherlock Holmes addict too - some of the most wonderful ditties were written for him to speak - monologues that are still powerful today. Sherlock is the occasional hero, but Aragorn is the perfect hero, from start to finish.
@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
30 Apr 07
You should write literary reviews. You do an excellent job.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
That's extremely high praise! "Thag oo berry buch!" ~ (Bilbo Baggins).
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I would defintiely say you qualify as a Tolkienite. I've sold his books many times but never read a one of them. I think it stems from my school days. I loved English Lit and was planning on majoring in it but when I found out they didn't care a fig what I thought about the work. It was all what Tolkien thought or what Lewis said. I switched my major to Art History and never read anything by Tolkien or Lewis. I guess you could say I cut my nose off to spite my face. LOL
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@Darabird (25)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It's been a long time since reading but I seem to recall his sense of freedom and the sky being his limit. And then there is Alobar, and Kudra (Jitterbug Perfume) that had secrets to longevity and lived for centuries. For all I know, they're alive still.
• United States
30 Apr 07
I'm with you on Alobar and Kudra! They're wonderful. I'd also like to throw Heathcliff in the ring. He is one of the most multi-faceted characters in English literature. Tragic, yet terrible; heroic, yet hateful. His undying passion for Katherine is both compelling and heart-breaking. And for anti-heroines - Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. She's truly terrifying!
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
That makes two for Johnathan Livingston Seagull and two for Wuthering Heights.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
You're Right Jennifer, Mrs. Danvers is a pretty powerful anti heroine.
• United States
29 Apr 07
I'm never able to pick just one favorite of anything, but one I could add to a list is Lady Slane of All Passions Spent, by Vita Sackville-West. I saw the BBC dramatization years ago, and just watched it on DVD and read the novel for the first time. A beautiful portrait of a woman breaking free of social expectations at the very end of her life. Also Joseph Knecht in The Glass Bead Game, as a model of intellect and personal integrity.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I've never read any of Vita sackville-West but you make me want to. Thanks for such an intelligent answer.
@Galena (9123)
29 Apr 07
I don't know if she could be considered a heroine, but Granny Weatherwax of Discworld is my role model. she's tough, down to Earth, clever, highly skilled and always does what she beleives to be right, even if everyone else doesn't like it. Susan, Deaths Grand-daughter is pretty cool too.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Don't know Discworld but your description makes a good case for Granny weatherwax being a heroine.
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• United States
29 Apr 07
That's a tough one. I enjoy so many classic literary pieces and heroines for their strenghth and courage. I'd have to say that one of my all time favorites is Charles Dickens character Esther Summerson, from the novel "Bleak House". She is very forthright and comes from an orphaned background and grows into a strong woman that learns to know her own heart. I am actually watching the mini series again on PBS on Sunday nights, but the novel was one of Dickens best works. I also really love Louisa May Alcotts heroine, Jo March, from "Little Woman". She stood for all that woman can become if they are willing to sacrifice and be true to themselves.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I'm not familiar with Ester Summerson but I'm definitely with you on Jo March. She is a great heroine. Hope some other Mylotians come up with some answers as good as yours. I know most people on here read a lot (& write alot) so there should be some good answers.
@Eskimo (2317)
30 Apr 07
I have so many, it is difficult to choose, Miss Marple is an obvious candidate, so is Inspector Barnaby; Richard Hannay could also be a competitor, even Little Miss Fogarty (from Miss Read's books of village life at Thrush Green). I like detective novels but also village life books as well, and listen to a lot of audio books (of various different themes). If I have to put my 'Little Grey Cells' to chose one person then at the moment it would be Inspector Morse. With so many, pehaps I could have a monthly favourite.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
1 May 07
Hi Eskimo! You & Fifty and my friend Sam all chose Inspector Morse (whom I called detective Morse. Sorry about that.) Actually, I'm just beginning to get into detective stories. I've only started reading them in the last 2 years or so. I think I might like Miss Marple. I'm addicted to MC Beaton's Agatha Rasin. I sort of favor the eccentric English ladies.
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@Eskimo (2317)
2 May 07
Yes I like Agatha Raison as well, I think this was originally published only in America, as a few of the books I bought were published there, not seen them in U.K. bookshops.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
2 May 07
Didn't know that Eskimo. You're the first person I've met that also likes Ms Raisin although there must be a lot of people over here who read her adventures cause I have no trouble getting books at estate sales and thrifts. I just don't know the people whose books I'm buying. (I never buy new books any more)
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Anne Rice's Lestat,Alexandre Dumas' D'artagnan,Pierre De Laclos' Valmont, Ray Bradbury's Jim Nightshade.They float my literary boat,pretty much!! Great quesyion!
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Gee *question,too,llol.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I love the answers I'm getting to this question. Thanks for posting.
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
1 May 07
Thanks for askin' L(
• United States
30 Apr 07
My favorite heroines stem from my childhood. Jo March from Little Women is one of my favorites and also Scarlett from Gone with the Wind. They are both flawed but that's what makes them human and they are both strong, confident women that anyone can look up to for what they've accomplished.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Someone else also picked Jo and Scarlet. They're immortal characters and I loved them both too. Scarlett O'Hara and Becky Sharpe were definitely cut from the same cloth.
• United States
30 Apr 07
Jo March was my first literary heroine; I still read Little Women over and over.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Ire -read Vanity Fair every four or five years and also Pride and Prejudice. I hardly ever read modern books more than once.
@zuri25 (2127)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Oliver asking for more food  - oliver twist
This is a great question...and a very difficult one to answer! I've read and enjoyed so many great classics over the years, especially in my college days. I can't possibly choose an all time favorite, but I will choose two of my favs. One of my fav heroes is Oliver Twist for his innocence, courage, and resilience. And, for heroine, one of my favs is Eveline from the story in The Dubliners of the same name by James Joyce. I did a review of criticism paper on this story and became very familiar with this heroine. I liked her for her sense of responsibility to her family and for her courage as a woman.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Thank you for such an intelligent, well put response. I knew Mylotians were readers and they are proving it with the responses on this thread.
@zuri25 (2127)
• United States
30 Apr 07
You're welcome. Thanks for posting a good question among so many other trivial questions we see here on the mylot discussions board.
• Singapore
13 May 07
Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. I loved how he talked to his children without hiding things as most adults would to. He is just so honest and genuine. And he tried his best on a case which he knew he'd lose from the start.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
16 May 07
Good choice. I really loved that book.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 May 07
For me I would choose Robin Hood, if that can be counted, he was a hero I hope that's not choosing, but he's always been my hero as a child stealing from the rich and donating to the poor is hero enough in my book. The films were especially exciting, especially with Kevin Kostner playing the role, but Robin Hood has been played by so many actors. He'll always be up there at number one, literary hero or not. I would love to live in the woods and be one of his merry men and live off the land, with no taxes to pay!
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
7 May 07
I think Robin Hood definitely counts. When I was a child, we had a Robin Hood series on TV with an actor named Richard Green. He will always be the definitive Robin Hood for me.
@tyuepsc (189)
• China
30 Apr 07
My favorite literary heroine is Catherine from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. She and Heathcliff 's love is so passionate and moving,proving the most intense, the most beautiful and at the same time the most horrible passion ever to be found possible in human beings.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
You give a passionate & moving reason for your choice. Certainly, Wuthering Heights is one of the greatest love stories in English Literature and I'm glad somebody chose its characters.
@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Well, he's not my favorite, but I liked Sherlock Holmes enough that I named my three month old puppy Sherlock. : )
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Great name for a puppy! I love literary names for animals.
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@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Well, I prefer books that other authors write, instead of the creator's, but my favorite character is Sherlock Holmes. I think he's fascinating, especially when you get past the stereotype.
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• United States
3 May 07
If we are going with classic literature I would have to choose Marianne Dashwood from "Sense and Sensability" by Jane Austen. I love her wildness, intelligence, creativity, and love of the romantic. If we go with modern fiction, I like Anita Blake from the Laurell K. Hamilton series. She is such a strong female character. I love that she has supernatural abilities, I like her strength and her morals, and her overall personality.
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30 Apr 07
Nanny Ogg  - One of the Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
I guess I would have to chose Gytha (Nanny) Ogg from the Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett. The reason, well she is just like me:-) Always an optimist, enjoys a good laugh, a drink and good company, has an eye for the menfolk and is always up for a giggle.
@Galena (9123)
30 Apr 07
hehe. now we just need someone to make the tea. where's that Magrat with the tea.....
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Nice to see you two met up. LOL
@kogiro (125)
• Portugal
1 May 07
One of my favorite literary hero, is ulysses the classic greek hero from Homer`s Odyssey, the epic 10 year voyage of the Trojan War hero cursed by the gods, back to his beloved Penelope in Ithaca, is one of my favorite tales since my childhood, the trip is full of perils and adventure, I always enjoyed this character very much, is resorcefoulness, intelligence and bravery are legendary.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
2 May 07
Wow, all the way back to the Greeks. That's what I call a real classical hero. Good answer.
• United States
30 Apr 07
My absolute favorite literary heroine is Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She is a lady without being prudish, although she agonizes over the dismaying behavior of her family she still stands behind them, and her saucy style with Darcy is appealing!
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair and Madame Bovary are my three all time favorites. I read one of them again every couple years. I never do that with modern books.
• United States
30 Apr 07
My all time favorite literary heroine is Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She is a "gentleman's daughter", concerned about her reputation and behavior and dismayed by the behavior of her family, yet she stands behind them when bad judgement affects her life and love. And she is delightfully saucy with the dignified Mr. Darcy!