No, I don’t mean real life heroes. I mean fictional heroes from your favorite books. What made these characters memorable? What was it about them that made you love them?
For me, a good book is not only with a great storyline, but I have to feel attached to the characters. If I can’t understand the characters, I have a hard time getting into the book.
I’ve been a huge reader my whole life. I love to read. Some of the characters that stand out to me, probably started as early as my high school years. I took American Literature and World Literature in high school, and I got the opportunity to read some amazing novels that I still remember to this day.
My high school “heroes”:
Finny(Phineas) from “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles: I fell hard for Finny. He was the idealistic one, the one of pure heart. He was the giver in the friendship, and continued to forgive his best friend, even though his life (with his leg) was shattered because of his best friend’s actions. Finny eventually dies, and I remember it broke my heart. It didn’t seem fair. He was the good one, and the good ones are not supposed to suffer like that! He was one of my heroes because through the entire novel, he believed in the good of others, the one who continued to forgive.
Billy Budd from Billy Budd by Herman Melville : Ah, another tragic hero. It disturbed me so much that Billy Budd suffered like he did. He was liked by everybody, and didn’t have a mean bone in his body. In this novel, we see another “jealousy” plot, which leads to a murder accusation. Billy Budd gets sentenced and is hung at the end. Really? Billy Bud had a heart of gold, and he captured the readers’ love. I will always remember Billy Budd.
Rodion Raskolnikov From Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: No, he was not a hero, but for some reason, his character had a huge impact on me. As disturbing as this story was, I will always remember it. I believe it was because of Raskolnikov. Although he was a brutal murderer, he touched me. I couldn’t help but wish a happy ending for him.
The “heroes” from my readings as an adult:
Harry Potter from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: The orphan boy who grows up to be a famous wizard and kills the evil Voldemort! How can anybody not love the hero, Harry Potter, who saves the world?
Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Need I say more?
Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I love hot, badass guys. And Dimitri was definitely hot and a badass! Even when he went evil, I was still drawn to him (to some degree even more because he still was still protecting the love of his life)!
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: Katniss is feisty and strong. She’s a survivor and I like my female characters to not be weak and wait for their Knight In Shining Armor to save them. Katniss was not only able to save herself but Peeta as well!
Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: He is a badass (and like I say, I love badass guys), and like Katniss, a survivor. I think Gale got screwed in the series, and for me he’s my tragic hero. He would have done anything for Katniss. No, I’m not upset that she didn’t pick him, but I can’t believe she pushed him out of her life, even though he was always there for her and her family. I’m still bitter about that!
Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: He was a gentle soul and loved Katniss with his life. He would have died for her. Doesn’t everyone search for that type of unconditional love?
Hassan from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: This guy is as good as they come. He had a beautiful soul inside and out. It breaks my heart how much he suffered as a boy and as a man. Not fair! I loved Hassan, and for me, he will always be a true hero!
Mariam and Laila from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: I will forever remember these two women. No matter how many times they fell, they got back up and stood up tall. Their strength and their friendship helped them through the worst times. To me, their characters symbolize all women’s perseverance through their suffering.
Enzo from The Art of Racing In The Rain: Can I get enough of Enzo? How can anybody not love Enzo? In this story, the dog, Enzo, is my hero. He stands by his owner through all the ups and downs of life. Enzo is truly a “man’s best friend” as this story is written from his point of view. Brilliant!
James (Jamie) Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Ah, Jamie! Jamie starts as a young man of pride and integrity, and grows up to be a fierce warrior. Jamie loves Claire and would sacrifice his life to protect her. One of my favorite scenes from the book is when Claire tries to talk him out of marriage and asks if it bothers him that she’s not even a virgin. Jamie replies, “Well no… so long as it doesn’t bother you that I am.” He continues, “One of (them) should know what they’re doing.” Jamie Frasier, what a man!
These are few of my fiction heroes from some of my favorite books! What do you guys think? Did I forget anybody? I would love to hear which characters you were drawn to from your favorite books!