Day 7 of the 30-day Challenge from Supposed Crimes: Tell us about your favorite literary character(s).
Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. I like that she’s not physically described as all that beautiful, but that she is appreciated by those around her for her mind, her intellect, and that she has failings and is loved even as she grows and improves some of her rushes to judgement.
Jo March of Louisa M. Alcott’s Little Women. A creative, a writer, an observer. What’s not to love?
And both are a little “tomboyish” in that they do not, and will not, adhere to the norms for women of their time.
I liked Frodo’s earnest determination to do what is right in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I admired the strength of self-worth of Beebo in Ann Bannon’s Beebo Brinker. I prefer characters who are products of their time but also grow to recognize and resolve problems big or small.
These are just a few of the things that make up my favorite characters. New stories where these qualities appear in characters will also usually become favorites.