Have you ever read a book and wanted one particular character to come alive so they could be your best friend forever?
I have. For years.
The first two characters I wanted to be real? George from The Nancy Drew Series (she knew judo! She had short hair! She was a tomboy! In all, everything tomboyish 10-year-old me wanted.) and Frank from The Hardy Boys Series (because he had dark hair and therefore my 10-year-old self thought he was much more handsome than blond Joe.) 😛
It continued. Robin Hood (though I adored Alan A’Dale as well), King Arthur, Sir Gawain (I found Lancelot despicable). Boromir, Merry, Pippin, Sam. Kieran (from The Sword of Lyric series, because he was the first bad boy character I truly like.)
Truth be told, wishing for fictional people to be real continues to this day. Shallan, Kaladin and Jasnah from The Stormlight Archive; Remus, Tonks, Luna, Fred & George, and Neville; Kalek from the Toch Island Chronicles; John Watson (No Sherlock, thanks…we’d probably spend too much time fighting); Amy, Rory, and Donna.
I notice that I’m often drawn the characters who aren’t necessarily the main ones (there are a few exceptions), the ones who have a wicked sense of humor and maybe a sharp tongue to go with it. Usually they’re heroic, though sometimes (Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle being a primary suspect) they’re not.
And over the last couple of years, every time I’m drawn to read a book again because of its awesome characters, I’ve asked myself why. Why do I adore Tonks, but not Hermione? Why would I hang out with Kalek rather than Siophra or Angel?
It’s because I’m drawn to the characters who are wonderfully unique. You can have merry pranksters, but you’ll never eclipse Merry and Pippin or Fred and George. A married couple can go on adventures, but rarely are they devoted to each other like Amy and Rory. A slave can become a hero in any fantasy tale, but rarely do men do it because they care for others, not themselves, like Kaladin. You can have a cowardly wizard, but you’ll never find one who is unabashedly aware of it, like Howl.
What about you? Do you have characters that you just absolutely love?