I spotted this on Claire’s at Paperback Reader’s Facebook page, but I think it’s doing the rounds. Sounded fun so here are my fifteen.

Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen fictional characters who’ve influenced you and who will always stick with you. (Emphasis: influenced). List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. 

  1. Aragorn – from LoTR – dark, handsome and mysterious.
  2. Hermione Grainger – from Harry Potter – the perfect role model for my daughter.
  3. Myrddin – Merlin from Here’s Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve – spin doctor supreme
  4. Charlie Gordon – Flowers for Algernon
  5. Philip Marlowe – the Big Sleep – Quintessential hard-boiled detective
  6. Elizabeth Bennett – P&P – D’Arcy’s stately pile got her in the end.
  7. Mary Anning – real-life fossil hunter who was in Tracy Chevalier’s Beautiful Creatures.
  8. Italian detectives – Brunetti & Montalbano – both love life, food and hate bureaucracy.
  9. Sebastian Flyte – Brideshead Revisited – live fast, die young.
  10. Alice in Wonderland – always wondering, questionning.
  11. Lucy from the Narnia books – emphathetic and lovely.
  12. George Smiley – dogged spymaster.
  13. James Bond – pure fantasy!
  14. Ree from Winter’s Bone by James Woodrell – young pioneer spirit. (Can’t wait to see the film now out).
  15. Anqelique de Xavia from the Sacred Art of Stealing by Christopher Bookmyre.

So that’s my list.  It was surprisingly difficult – some are more favourite characters rather than ones who truly influenced me, although they all have attributes and/or experiences that are attractive (in one way or another!).

Do have a go!

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