Favorite Literary Characters
by Adam Huddleston
Since the theme this month is characterization, I wanted to mention a few of my favorite characters from classic fiction. Of course, this list is by no means comprehensive.
One of my most beloved book series is The Dark Tower by Stephen King. While many fans of Mr. King’s magnum opus would site the main character’s side-kicks as their favorite characters, I have to go with the protagonist, Roland Deschain. He is simultaneously endearing and frightful. His gun-fighting abilities are fascinating as is his doggedness at pursuing the story’s ultimate goal.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien hosts a literary ton of characters. Of all of them, my favorite is Aragorn (AKA Strider, AKA King Elessar). He is the prototypical hero and Tolkien provides him with excellent dialogue, great actions, and a wonderful arc.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the author presents the tale in a story-within-a-story format. In other words, one character is telling their story to another character, who in turn is telling it to another, who in turn is telling it to the reader. My favorite character is actually Dr. Frankenstein’s creation, often referred to as the monster. He is intriguing and pitiful. The creation’s murderous actions are horrifying, but he is also a sad character that the reader feels empathy towards.
What are your favorite literary characters?