From books, we go to characters! Today is the second day of the Faves of TwentyEleven series hosted by Nomes of inkcrush. :) Characters are my favorite part in a book, and sometimes I think they may even be more important than plot. I believe strong characters can revive an overused or boring plot, so I always pay attention to them. Here are some of the characters that stood out for me in the books I read in 2011. :)
Day Two: The Characters
favourite female main character
Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. She may not be the most honest main character, but I love her for being so true to herself and being so indelible.
Tessa Lancaster from Protection for Hire by Camy Tang. Tessa is an ex-yakuza member who went to jail for her cousin and found Christ in prison. I love her for being so honest and vulnerable and still so tough and loyal to her friends and her faith. :)
Thomas Mackee from The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Oh Tom. He’s so broken but he’s trying his best. I loved reading about him having a hard time putting his life back together but still trying. I felt like Frankie when she sent that message to their other friends, “Our Thomas is back.” (Or something like that, anyway) Aw. Plus, guys who play with kids – double aw. :) I also loved Dan CereillÂ from Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood. Such a cute and awkward but absolutely adorkable character. :)
Everyone in Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. The bus rides, the movie marathons, the scene after Francesca returns from getting lost, the scenes at the restaurant playing in a band and hanging out in the kitchen. Ah, they’re the best group of friends I read in contemporary YA.
I have a ton of competition with him…but I may have fallen in love with Eugenides from The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. What’s not to love about him? He’s just so…sigh. And you have to believe that he can steal anything, and he won’t even need to buy gold online from Golden Eagle. :PÂ I’m sure other fans would agree. :)
This is kind of hard, but I have to say John Chanler / the Wendigo in The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey. Talk about taking things personally.
best kick-arse female
Last year it was Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series, but now I’m going local and say Alexandra Trese from the Trese series by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo. :) She’s like the Filipino version of Kate Daniels.
Pellinore Warthrop from The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, particularly in The Curse of the Wendigo. I always thought he was an old guy but it was proven otherwise in The Curse of the Wendigo. Plus, I never thought he wanted to be a poet.
Conor from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Ah my boy. *hug* Also Will Henry from The Monstrumologist also broke my heart several times.
The Quarkbeast from The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. It’s probably quite ugly (“Often described as one tenth Labrador, six tents velociraptor and three tenths kitchen food blender, the Quarkbeastâ€™s razor sharp fangs and hideously frightening demeanour mask a quieter side that rarely, if ever, eats cats.“), but it was one of my favorite characters in the book. I’m so happy the next book is about a Quarkbeast. :) Quark! :3
Spencer and Scarlett from Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. Their relationship reminded me of my own relationship with my brother. :) Also, the Kambal from Trese. I love seeing them in the graphic novels and I love it when they joke around even when Trese is all serious.
Mattie and Weaver from A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. I love how they looked for each other in the novel, and their word duels (where they’d “shoot” each other with synonyms of a word that they set at the start of the game, and the one who fails to give the answer “dies”) were so fun to read.