Posts from This Journal by “meme/poll” Tag

This is a hard set of letters, but I'll do my best.

H - Harriet Vane, from the Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers. She writes mystery novels as well and made mistakes in love and winds up getting married to Peter, who is clever and wealthy and romantic. Honestly, she's pretty much the author's self-insert, but she's such a good character I really don't care. (A close runner-up would be Howl from the series of books by Diana Wynne Jones; acts likes he's selfish but always winds up being altruistic in the end)

Z - The only character whose name starts with "Z" that I can come up with is Zorro, so sure, we'll go with that. I loved The Mask of Zorro when I was a kid, especially Anthony Hopkins in the role of the original Zorro, who was wily and skilled and sacrificed himself so that his stolen daughter might have the chance of love and life with a good man.

R - Rowena from SPN--I never expected to like her so much, given her definitely evil introduction to the show, but she's turned into a well-rounded, interesting character. And entertaining, to, especially when she's interacting with the Winchesters. ;)

E - Elda from Dark Lord of Dirkhelm and Year of the Griffin. She's the youngest griffin child of a couple of human wizards, and loves sparkly things. In general, she's just a fairly happy, positive person who refuses to quit when things get difficult, and reading about her first year of college just before I headed into mine was kind of inspirational.

I - Ivan "You Idiot" Vorpatril from the Vorkosigan series, who keeps getting dragged into and out of political and military crises by his brilliant and slightly insane younger cousin. He'd like to lead the simple life of a career military officer, but family loyalty won't let him.

Whew, that's all of them. Harder even than I expected!
Ooh good choices! I confess, I've never read the Vorkosigan series, in fact until I started talking to folk on LJ, I'd never heard of it. One day, when I get back to reading proper books, they will be on my list.
They're a lot of fun, and the nice thing is that there are a several difference genres covered within the series--political intrigue, military battles, straight-up mysteries, even a bit of romance. And each novel is pretty much stand-alone, so you can pick and choose which ones sound interesting to you.
F - Freddy from Georgette Heyer's Cotillion. He's a dandy and kind of an idiot, but he's also dead loyal and keenly aware of how society functions, and in the end wins the day on that unique skill set. I didn't expect to like him so much when he was first introduced.

H - Henry V, also known as Prince Hal. I wrote two college papers on him, and my goodness is he a fascinating character. Gives good speeches, too.

J - John the Balladeer, by Manley Wade Wellman (AKA "Silver John"), who wanders around Appalachia playing his silver-stringed guitar and taking out various supernatural problems for the locals through honesty, pluck, and musical talent. And example of a main character who is entirely virtuous without being boring or inhuman.

M - Morwen the witch from the "Talking with Dragons" series, who has many cats of various colors, is no-nonsense, and has a keen sense of responsibility. A very handy person to have around in a pinch.

O - Odd Thomas, who sees ghosts and tries to help people, even when it means he winds up wandering across the country averting or mitigating various crises that put him in grave danger. He's another case of a character who's completely virtuous without being boring. Also, he makes the best waffles. (Or is it pancakes? It's been a while since I've read the books.)
Oh ta! I had a quick search and only managed to turn up two space stories (which did look fun but didn't have Silver John - obviously).
That's an interesting list of characters, thanks for sharing! Morwen, oh Morwen! Yes!

I think Odd Thomas makes pancakes, lol.
Probably was pancakes--which always puts me in mind now of these great screen grabs from when Chuck was hanging out in the bunker with the boys:

J - John Sheppard, of course. ;P Who doesn't love a sarcastic and loyal flyboy with crazy hair?

R - Rupert Venables from the Magid books by Diana Wynne Jones. He's just trying to do his job and keep an eye on the magical goings-on of Earth and the surrounding worlds, but winds up in the middle of a huge inter-planetary/dimensional mess through no fault of his own. It's fun having a character who approaches magic from the mindset of a computer programmer. A little uptight, but utterly reliable, and a nice guy once he loosens up a bit.

D - Dean Winchester, which is another "of course" answer. He's a good guy who does bad stuff when it needs to be done, even when it leaves him with blood on his hands and nightmares. Willing to trade himself for his brother no matter what the circumstances. A wonderful mix of hard and soft--a seeming ball of contractions. Probably one of my all-time favorite characters. (Duncan McLeod is pretty great too, though.)

S - Sam Winchester; which feels like cheating--I should probably have stuck them down together as a single answer. But it's late and I'm dosed up on cold medicine, so instead I'll point at his stubbornness and loyalty and desire to do the right thing. An excellent researcher and not a bad shot, either. A good balance to his brother. (Though Samwise Gamgee would win out if this was limited to books, and Sam Vimes would give them both a good run for their money.)

C - Charlie Brown. The kid just never gives up, not for real, no matter how many times his team loses, or the football gets yanked away, or he doesn't get any cards for Valentine's day. You can learn a lot from a character like that. I sure did.