Today we have the wonderful Alyssa Sheinmel here to talk about her favorite fictional characters. Some of you may remember my gushing review of her debut novel, The Beautiful Between. I've also read and loved The Lucky Kind (review to come!). So I'm super excited to have her here today!
I would like to preface this list by saying that this was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been asked to write! I know that weeks from now, I’m going to be haunted by the people I forgot, or those I chose not to include, like Scout Finch, or Rudy Steiner, or Inigo Montoya. But here is the most that I was able to narrow it down to:
1. Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind): I read Gone With The Wind over four days in ninth grade, and I think Rhett was the first person with whom I ever fell in love.
2. C.J. Cregg (The West Wing): No one has taught me more about writing dialogue than Aaron Sorkin, the creator and writer of (among other things) The West Wing. I love all the characters he’s created, but I think C.J. may be my favorite. She’s the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up (whenever that may be).
3. Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby): F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors, and Jay Gatsby one of his greatest inventions.
4. Ernest Hemingway (A Moveable Feast): I think I can get away with calling Hemingway a fictional character because, in his preface to A Moveable Feast, Hemingway says that readers can read the book as a work of fiction.
5. Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings): It’s very hard for me to pick just one character from The Lord of the Rings, but I have to admit that I love Sam the best. He’s the unsung hero of the books.
6. Jareth, the Goblin King (Labyrinth): If you haven’t seen Labyrinth starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, you are missing out. I’ve loved this movie for as long as I can remember and it never fails to make me deliriously happy.
7. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries): The Vampire Diaries is my current favorite show on television. (It is not, for the record, my favorite show of all time – that would probably be The West Wing.) And Damon is often the best part of The Vampire Diaries. My favorite characters are usually the ones that have great one-liners, and Damon is never at a loss for words.
8. Boo Radley (To Kill a Mockingbird): Who doesn’t love Boo Radley?
9. The Lorax (Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax): This book is one of my all-time favorite picture books. Lovely, brilliant, heart-wrenching, and (unfortunately), still timely.
10. Any dog from any Alice Hoffman novel ever: Alice Hoffman writes animals better than any author I’ve read, and she writes dogs perhaps best of all. She isn’t sentimental about dogs; she’s honest about them, their loyalties and their limits, and she understands, and beautifully articulates, that dogs have the power to heal a broken heart, or a broken person, when everything and everyone else has failed.
Thanks so much for coming Alyssa!
Now we have a giveaway! Two of you will be able to win a copy!
- US only, sorry!
- Two winners
- Must be 13 years and older to enter.
- Contest ends May 24.
- The prize will be sent through the publisher, so it may take a few weeks.
If you don't want to wait, you can pre-order this book now or go out to stores on it's release date, May 10!