Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Inspirational Characters

January 18, 2011

Well, friends, it’s that time again.


But first. . . for those of you wondering. . . i did, in fact make it to Atlanta for the weekend.  (There was a slight icy incident while i was there but everything is okay)  Now i’m home and i already miss my amazing friends and my beautiful school.


Anyway.  Top 10 Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish and this week features inspirational characters.  As always, in no particular order:


1. Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  i know a lot of people have chosen Harry and Hermione and Dumbledore.  i do agree but i think Neville is sort of an unsung hero who develops nicely throughout the series.


2. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Atticus sort of defines good in my head.


3. Stargirl from Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  i think we all wish we had more of Stargirl in ourselves.  She stands out for being herself during a time in life when doing just that is one of the hardest things there is.  Amazing.


4. Melinda Sordino from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  If you’ve read the rest of my blog you know how special this book is to me.  i love Melinda’s journey from silence to speaking.  i love her parallel journey with her art.  Okay, it’s true, i just love everything about this book.


5. Cinna/Prim from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.  Again i know Katniss is a popular choice but i think Cinna and Prim are two of the unsung heros of the series.  Cinna’s quiet intelligence and friendship and Prim’s healing and instinctual caring really bring the story together.


6. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl.  A girl who loves to read who also has superpowers that she uses for good.  Love.


7. Idgie Threadgoode from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.  i probably could have chosen most of Fannie Flagg’s characters but Idgie is one of my favorites.  She doesn’t always know the best thing to do but she always does it with the best intentions.  Her heart is almost too big sometimes but that just makes me love her more.


8. Joe from The Misfits and Totally Joe by James Howe.  Joe is charming and wise beyond his years while at the same time staying true to the emotions and problems of his own age.


9. Lyle from The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber (and the other Lyle books)  i’ve loved Lyle since i was teeny tiny.  Now i love him even more because he sort of shows how first appearances can be drastically misjudged.  The Prims are frightened to find Lyle in their bathtub but when they take the time to get to know him they love him (as does everyone else who meets him)


10. Mr. Pucci from She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  i want to hug Mr. Pucci every single time i read this book.  He is one of the few stable people Dolores has in her life and he shows her love when she most needs it.  He also says something that i think we all need to remember (so much so i have it tattooed on my back) “Accept what people offer.  Drink their milkshakes.  Take their love.”


That’s all for now.  i’m trying to get back into the swing of reality.  i’ll see you soon though because i have reviews of The Outsiders and Please Ignore Vera Dietz coming up.


Until then i want to hear about what characters inspire you.



  1. “She doesn’t always know the best thing to do but she always does it with the best intentions.”

    I love how you put that! I like Idgie too!

    • Thanks! Can’t wait to read your list.

  2. You have a great list. I have Katniss on mine but I really agree with the reasoning for your choices of Prim and Cinna.

    • i almost put Katniss on but when i thought about it a little more i figured she already got enough attention being the mockingjay and all- besides who wouldn’t want their own Cinna in life?

  3. You have a very eclectic list proof, I bet of an eclectic reader. Right?

    My Head is Full of Books

    • Thanks Anne, what a huge compliment. i try to be an eclectic reader but i often feel like i’m not doing a very good job (maybe i’m doing better than i thought)

  4. I forgot about Idgie! What a character!

    • Yes! i’m pretty sure she’s one of my top 10 favorite characters EVER.

  5. Great choices! We actually have the same #1 & #2 on our lists. I love Neville and Atticus!

    Reading Lark’s Top 10

    • Yay! Another Neville fan- i really think he doesn’t get enough credit from a lot of people.

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