Friday, July 25, 2008

Read, get inspired and take on life

Prats tagged me to list my top 10 literary characters. If it were authors, it could have been easier. I would try my best to remember the character names but there are various unnamed characters in many books that have influenced my life. Every time I read a book, I take something out of it. Sometimes I get impressed by the fictional personalities but many times it is the author’s style of writing. Here goes the list:

1. Tintin: As a kid I used to love this character and actually wanted to own up a dog like Snowy. Growing up, I started to enjoy Asterix/Obelix more but I still remember my fascination for Tintin in my younger days.

2.Enid Blyton characters: Like many others, I grew up with these fictional personalities being part of my daily routine. I can't decide between George, Julian of Famous Five and Fatty in Five Founouters. I liked them all in their own ways.

3. Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's creation has been my all time favorite. I have read all the four novels and the short stories. As a teenager, I would eagerly look forward to Sunday for watching the tele-series. I actually cried watching "The Final Problem", in which Sherlock Holmes disappears. 3 years back, on our way to India, we had to stop over in London. You can imagine my excitement seeing a 6 feet tall statue of Sherlock Holmes on 221 B Baker Street.
4. Liz of Pride and Prejudice. I loved her independence and romance with Darcy, whom I admired too- Tall, rich and reserved. Years later, one of my friends commented why girls fall for guys who are reserved and don't look at guys who talk and make them laugh! Well, it’s not true but Darcy character is pretty attractive.

5. Tom Sawyer for his adventourous and independent spirit.


6. Anne Frank from Diary of Anne Frank: For a girl who has gone through nightmares of world's worst times, she has indeed been brave and learnt to live life even in those tough times.

7. Erma Bombeck: She is actually a humorist who has written about 15 best sellers. Her main character in all her books is in first person. So, I am assuming this is about her life as I do not know the name of the main character.

8. Jason Bourne of Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. He might not be a popular character but I admire him for his precision and presence of mind.

9. Elliott Goodman of "Match Made in Heaven": I see the life similar to how he does and liked his attitude of never giving up, even when it was a game with God. If you have not read this book, I recommend you to pick it up in your next visit to bookstore or library.

10. Amir of Kite Runner: Though he seemed to be submissive and not standing up for injustice done to his dear ones, he did gain courage and went back to face the battle and win it. There is something enigmatic about this character which draws my attention.

I pass on the tag to Arc, Madhu, Ceedy,Ziah,Monika, Dinker, Subha. I would love to know your list of literary characters. Anyone else is welcome to pick up the tag.

8 comments:

Suma said...

hey nice list...

anne frank....how did i miss her out? :(

tintin...i luv him too..an dhaddock...blistering barcnacles was my fav sentence those days!!!

I have not read elliot goodman...added to my list...gosh this tag sure has added to my booklist...

:D

Prats said...

You sure have compiled the list so well.....Erma is a great fav of mine too...and Anne Frank , love her...
And i'm pickign up Elliot now...thanks for helping me there :)

ceedy said...

ok

will try and do this..I am not much into novels or stories ...so will have to really figure this out...but there are some cartoon characters...

your list is very well done...

Monika said...

nice list will take up the tag soon

Archana Bahuguna said...

If I am not wrong you have changed your template and it looks good. Other wise I am just the same old absentminded idiot! :-)

Your blog is nice and it's a nice tag to pick up... I will blog on this soon.

Joy said...

Suma: At one time, I knew all the Tintin stories in my head. Do read "Match made in heaven".

Prats: Erma alwyas brings smiles.

Ceedy: Sure, will love to know your fav cartoons:)

Monika: Waiting eagerly.

Arc: Aap yahaan Jul 24 ko bhi aayi thi. Maybe you did not notice it then. The new template has been around for about 2 months or so... Boohoo. you don't come here???

Archana Bahuguna said...

i might have been in my zombie mode... :-) he he

Monika said...

hey i did it :)