Top 10 fictional book characters

August 27 20:20 2014

In the literary world, we have come across many books that have characters we hold close to our hearts. They go through journeys that mirror our own, making us feel like we know them inside and hour. For centuries, books have allowed us to escape into a world like no other and provided us with characters we can look up to.

From To Kill A Mockingbird to recent stories such as The Hunger Games, we remember the different people who have come into our lives from the pages of books we flip through when we get the chance. It is hard to choose only ten of the top book characters, but all of the ones listed have provided us with something that we can learn, whether it is about ourselves or the world we live in. is counting down the top ten fictional characters from books that have been published. What are your favorite book characters?

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10. Charlie Bucket

From Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket is the protagonist in the story about a chocolate factory owner, Willy Wonka, who invites five people to come tour his factory. Charlie is one of five kids who finds the golden ticket, and as the story progresses, we see four of the children embody immoral behaviors against Charlie, who remains morally sound throughout the story. The clip below is a trailer for the 1971 film with Gene Wilder.

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9. Alex and Conner Bailey

From The Land Of Stories, written by Glee star Chris Colfer, the series tells the story of twins who discover their grandmother’s fairy tale book is actually a real place. They end up in the Land of Stories, where they meet fairy tale creatures they grew up with and must save their beloved stories when villains attempt to take over. The twins each embody the spirit of courage and bravery. Colfer has said in the past the twins are based on himself. The clip below is an audio clip of Colfer reading from his book.

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8. Samwise Gamgee

Samwise Gamgee is a character from The Lord of the Rings triology, who is the faithful friend of Frodo Baggins. He is told by Gandalf to keep an eye on Frodo and throughout their journey, he never leaves Frodo’s side. He personifies the strength and character of what it is to be a true friend and to be brave in the face of uncertainty.

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7. Katniss Everdeen

From The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen is a girl who lives in Panem, a dystopian society where 24 individuals fight to the death in order for one to come out the winner. Katniss volunteers to go in her little sister’s place. As time goes on, Katniss deals with the events surrounding the games as she figures out her own feelings when it comes to survival and how to deal with her own emotions.

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6. Sherlock Holmes

Everyone, especially those who may watch the BBC program starring Benedict Cumberbatch, knows the great detective. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his story is told through the eye of his good friend, Dr. John Watson. Holmes is famous for being able to use his logical reasoning when it comes to solving crimes. The clip below is from the 2009 movie with Robert Downey Jr.

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5. Atticus Finch

From To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is the father of Scout, the little girl who the story focuses on. Atticus represents an African American man accused of rape and even though racial attitudes of the time are not in his favor, he does his best to acquit his client.

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4. Lucy Pevensie

From The Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy Pevensie is the youngest sister of Peter, Susan, and Edmund, the three children who discover the land of Narnia inside a closet. She shows great courage for a young girl and always believes in Narnia. With a great care for the animals and creatures of Narnia, she is one of the most beloved characters. The clip below is from the film The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe when Lucy meets a creature named Mr. Tumnus.

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3. Gandalf the Grey

In the Lord of the Rings triology, Gandalf is the wizard who accompanies Frodo Baggins on his quest to destroy the One Ring. Gandalf eventually becomes Gandalf the White, but he remains a classic. In the movie, Sir Ian McKellen played him.

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2. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley

In the Harry Potter series, all three characters have their own strengths that help them to go through the tribulations they face in an effort to defeat Lord Voldemort. Because Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all central to the story, it’s hard to choose just one, so we’re lumping them all together.

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1. Elizabeth Bennet

From the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet is the second eldest daughter, who watches her mother go through great lengths to marry off her daughters in an effort to make sure her family will be well off. Elizabeth catches the eye of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, but due to previous misconceptions, she is cold to him. The novel is beautiful, timeless, and tells a great tale of love in a time where marriage was the most important aspect of a woman’s life, much different from today! The clip below shows the film version with Keira Knightley in a scene where Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth dance at a party.



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