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underpurplemoon from PDX October 26, 2012 - 10:08pm

I'm looking for characters that are memorable and likeable.

Here's my list:

Odysseus, Achilles, Fantine, Eponine, Wong Fei Hung, Tony and Maria, Turandot, and lots of Chinese characters. I'm sure y'all are judging...certain Glee characters. I think I'm into either tragic or heroic characters. Then again, Turandot has a happy ending. I also have a lot of real life characters that are hilarious but I don't think I can list them all here.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner October 27, 2012 - 7:12am

Stu Redman, The Hardcase, Frannie from The Stand, The man and boy from The Road, John from the Christ Clone trilogy. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 27, 2012 - 10:16am

@Matt - did you really like Frannie?  Or just find her memorable? 

 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like October 27, 2012 - 10:18am

I hate characters.

Their names escape me.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner October 27, 2012 - 10:30am

I thought she was great. The fragility, strength and irreverence existing at once. She almost reminded me of someone that I'd actually love in real life, but try too hard and fuck it up and end up as just friends. Someone I wanted to rescue, but who didn't need rescuing or refused it.She is a prime example of why King is a genius at creating flesh and blood people. 

 

Her Dad, despite not actually showing up much before he dies, was the most memorable I think of the whole book. Or Mother Abigail as well. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 27, 2012 - 10:45am

I thought Fran was a whiner and I hated her.  However, I was a fan of Nick and Lloyd. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner October 27, 2012 - 10:48am

Nick was cool.

 

Glen was great. “Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.”

― Stephen King, The Stand

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PopeyeDoyle from Rio Grande Valley, TX is reading Chronology of Water October 27, 2012 - 12:00pm

Judge Holden from Blood Meridian, Yunior from Junot Diaz's books, Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby, Nick Adams from various Hemingway books, Tyler Durden from the movie Fight Club but not from the book, and Jack Torrance from The Shining. Those are the ones that stand out to me.  Not really sure if there's a common thread to any of them.  I just happened to enjoy all of them.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce October 27, 2012 - 12:05pm

Hrm likeable is the hard part. Do you mean likeable, as in, you'd like to hang out and have a drink with them? Or can likeable include complete assholes too, because you still liked the character?

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 27, 2012 - 12:09pm

Ahab from Moby Dick, Annie Wilkes from Misery, Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, Quentin Compson from The Sound and the Fury, and most memorable for me--and PopeyeDoyle above beat me to it--is Judge Holden from Blood Meridian.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 27, 2012 - 12:10pm

Zooey Glass from Franny and Zooey, Pete from Hearts in Atlantis. 

There are lots.  I'll add slowly and constantly over time. 

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 27, 2012 - 12:18pm

These are some I find memorable and/or likeable:

~Walter White and Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad
~the entire cast of Community
~Isaac and Miria from Baccano!
~Batman and The Joker
~Angel, Wesley Windham-Price, Winifred Burkle, and Lorne from Angel
~Ralph, Jack, Simon, and Piggy from Lord of the Flies
~Doc Holliday from Tombstone
~Sherlock Holmes
~Robocop
~Wilson from Castaway
~Frank TJ Mackey from Magnolia
~Alan Shore, Denny Crane, and Jerry Espenson from Boston Legal
 

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Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes October 27, 2012 - 3:50pm

Sebastian Dangerfield from "The Ginger Man", Yossarian -- "Catch-22", Gnossos Pappadopoulis -- "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me". Benny Profane from "V".

Hamlet.

Jaques ("As You Like It").

Dean Moriarty -- "On the Road".

Randle McMurphy --"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".

Have you detected a pattern yet?

 

 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 27, 2012 - 4:19pm

Henry Leydon of Black House. Man I wish he were real and I could have coffee dates with him.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 27, 2012 - 4:42pm

I'm adding as honorable mention the following: Cornelius Sutree from Sutree, Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451, and Winston Smith from 1984.

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underpurplemoon from PDX October 28, 2012 - 1:02am

Hrm likeable is the hard part. Do you mean likeable, as in, you'd like to hang out and have a drink with them? Or can likeable include complete assholes too, because you still liked the character?

As in...I'd like to hang out and have a drink with them...but I will settle for someone good. I find myself bringing that character into a random conversation. The character has to be THAT good.

I'm sort of a little ashamed of what I am about to list...Rosalie, Jasper, Jacob from Twilight. Seriously, where's Dwayne when I need him? Dwayne!

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce October 28, 2012 - 6:40am

Gotcha. 

My list:

* Hank Moody from Californication/ Fox Mulder from The X FIles (Pretty much Duchovny in anything).

* Dean from Supernatural. 

* Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad

* Carter & Stark from Eureka

* Eric & Pam from True Blood

* Buffy & Spike from Buffy

* Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights - I know he's a jerk, but I find him fascinating. 

* Ren from The Year of the Flood.

* Offred from The Handmaid's Tale

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. October 28, 2012 - 10:24am

Ree from Winter's Bone is one of my favorite characters in recent memory.  She's strong and dependable, smart, and fiercly loyal.  She's in a bad place, but she never complains, she just tries to get things done.  She's kind. 

Every character Neil Gaiman writes is a favorite.  But some of the best are Martin Tenbones (the sandman), Fiddler's Green (the sandman), Sam Black Crow (american gods), Dog (Good Omens - although this does read like it might have been Pratchett's character), oh... I just realized I could keep going for every book he's written.  I'll stop there.

In the Sherlock Holmes books, Sherlock is facinating, but Watson is the more relatable of the two and easier to like.  But you've got to love the tortured genius. 

 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. October 28, 2012 - 10:25am

Another thought:

I love characters that are basically good people with one or two major character flaws that prevent them from ever succeeding in reaching their goals.  So, goal + character flaw = good character (not always, but it helps).

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week October 28, 2012 - 12:26pm

Here's some (slightly) more literary examples:

~Daniel Dreiberg/Nite Owl, Walter Kovacs/Rorschach, Edward Blake/The Comedian, and Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen
~Kenny and Bryan Wastson from The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
~Ponyboy, Dallas, and Johnny from The Outsiders
~Addie, Cash, and Darl Bundren from As I Lay Dying
~Charlie Gordon from Flowers for Algernon

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underpurplemoon from PDX October 28, 2012 - 1:40pm

I love characters that are basically good people with one or two major character flaws that prevent them from ever succeeding in reaching their goals.  So, goal + character flaw = good character (not always, but it helps).

Love your thoughts, dude. Thank you.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 28, 2012 - 2:49pm

Isaac Asimov was a great character writer, he could make them very likeable. More so than most sci-fi writers. I mean, many of his characters were not human, and some not even technically alive, yet he almost always gets you rooting for them.

Something more recent - hmm. Floyd from Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is a good one.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 28, 2012 - 3:16pm

Speaking of sci-fi. I recently read Espedair Street by Iain Banks. This wasn't a sci-fi one, really, but I liked the Danny Weir(d) character. I would have tossed a few back with him. His main character in The Wasp Factory was incredibly memorable, and likeable in a strange way. Like maybe I would like to be a fly on the wall, but not the kid's best friend.

Danny Weir definitely fits Howie's qualifications.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated October 28, 2012 - 11:50pm

@Jen - What do I have to do with Twilight? I've never read the books, I've never seen the movies, I've never even seen the actor who played Jacob (or Edward, or anyone else in the movies that I can think of) play in anything else I can think of.

Caine/Hari & Ma'elKoth from Strover's various Caine books (important note, these are books people will read to try to understand us in a few hundred years).

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underpurplemoon from PDX October 29, 2012 - 12:54am

Dwayne, sometimes when I feel like I'm heading in the wrong direction, I call out your name and turn myself around. Plus, you have a cool name, a good character name.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. October 29, 2012 - 6:34am

I can't wait to read your book: Dwayne: A Cautionary Tale, by Roaring Jen.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated October 29, 2012 - 9:08am

@Jen - Thanks.

@Howie - Think more, Dwayne, You're Determined to Make Me Watch You Do Something Stupid Tale if we are talking about most days.