Last week, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to post a rant regarding Fifty Shades of Grey or select a topic from the jar. I chose a topic, and then opted to post the rant instead. So, this week I will write about the topic I chose which is . . .
Since I typically read books with female protagonists, this isn’t going to be as easy as it should be. But, there are at least five male characters that stand out as my favorite. I’ll list them in no particular order.
Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ~ He is one of my all-time favorites. He’s a brooder, and it’s no wonder why. His life is a perfect example of the consequences of choices.
Hector from The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson ~ Hector is everything I like in a male character: strong yet vulnerable, brave but unafraid to display fear, and humanly flawed. He supports the protagonist Elisa without being domineering.
Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Jamie Lannister, and the Hound from the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin ~ Not the show characters, the book characters. I’m counting these characters as one listing since they’re from the same series.
Tyrion Lannister ~ I love Tyrion. He’s witty, brave, and intelligent. What’s not to love?
Jon Snow ~ Jon Snow shares a lot with Mr. Rochester (a future post comparing those two?). He’s a brooder. Most of his character development comes from within, and that’s one thing the HBO series cannot show. To fully appreciate Jon Snow, one must read the books. And despite what Ygritte says, he really does know something.
Jamie Lannister ~ His begins as an absolutely awful person. Then, he’s captured and meets the absolutely astounding Brienne of Tarth who teaches him what it means to be a noble knight. And he listens and learns. His character development takes a turn for the better.
The Hound ~ Okay, I admit it. I love the Hound. He’s not a nice man, but he is the product of his society. And underneath that horrible exterior lies a heart of gold. The way he saves Sansa and Arya Stark is nothing short of heroic.
Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien ~ Aragorn is the epitome of a noble warrior/king. He does not accept the kingship in a quest for personal power. Actually, he runs from it because he doesn’t desire the power. He only becomes king when he realizes all the good he can do for those in Middle Earth.
Hercule Poirot from the Agatha Christie series that bears his name ~ He is arrogant, intelligent, and oh, so hilarious! I have to giggle at the image of him with that fancy-schmancy mustache of which he is so proud. I wish he were a real person so I could meet him.
Do you have a male book character that you would call your favorite? Leave responses in the comments. I would LOVE to hear from you!
Next week, I plan to continue this thread of discussion by listing my favorite female book characters.