When you read as much as I do... there are a lot of characters to put into consideration. This is a really difficult choice! There are so many characters I have fallen completely in love with, it is difficult to pick only ten. However... here we go. In no particular order.
Wellington Books from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
Books, or "Welly" as his partner in crime calls him, is one of my newest book loves. He's completely adorable! He's very proper, loves books and history and artifacts, and always wants to stick to the rules. However, it's not because he's stuck up. It's because it's how he shows love and respect. (Think Simon from Firefly but not as suave.) I love how proper he is and he gets so frazzled when things don't go quite his way, and I also love the struggle with his past and how he was raised, and the way he lives now and what he believes is right.
Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments
I'm not going to lie - Magnus is part of why I've stuck around with The Mortal Instruments series. He's an old soul, but so modern and ecclectic. I love his attitude and his relationship with Alec. He's completely facinating and I love seeing how shocking he can be.
The Vampire Lestat from The Vampire Chronicles
I am completely facinated with Lestat. In Interview with the Vampire, he's so evil and you love to hate him. Then in The Vampire Lestat and the continuing books in The Vampire Chronicles, you see all of these different sides and layers to him. (Like an onion.) I love his struggle with good and evil, but then embracing the "devil" inside of him. How he defys the norm all of the time and pushes the limits of heaven and hell just to see if he could. He's by far one of the most facinating characters I've ever read.
Celia from The Night Circus
Let's get some girls on this list! Celia is beautiful, strong, sensitive, creative, and romantic. Granted - the entire book is this way. She brings the magic of the story to life and embodies the heart of it.
Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings Triology
How can you not love Sam? He is seriously one of my heroes. He is loyal, kind, brave, and the best friend anyone can have. Ever. So much of LOTR is really his story.
Jo March from Little Women
Growing up, I always felt like I could relate to Jo. Maybe it was the fact we were both writers. Or maybe because we had sisters. Or maybe because she loved the theatre. Or maybe because she loved crazy adventures. I'm not sure, but I've always felt a kinship to her character. She's wild and fiesty but so loveable. Even now, I do understand why she turned down Laurie. (Don't interpret my understanding of this with my liking it. Those are two different things.) She's completely wonderful.
William Marshal from The Greatest Knight
Technically, William Marshal was a real person and The Greatest Knight and the other books Elizabeth Chadwick wrote about his life and family were based on her impeccible research about him. However, since this is actually a novel, I feel like this still counts. William Marshal is brave and strong, but was also known for his honor. What was so fantastic about him is that it showed you can have honor and treat people well, but that doesn't mean you are weak or a pushover.
Scarlet O'Hara from Gone With the Wind
Let's be honest - Scarlet is a bitch. She's mean, spiteful, a brat, and will do anything to get her way. Even if it means hurting her own family. But I love her. The beginning of the book she's basically just a brat, but as the story goes on it develops into this inner strength because she does what she needs to do in order to survive. And guess what? Her family does survive and so does she. (For the most part.) She does things in probably the worst way possible and hangs on for a pathetically long time to a man who will never love her the way she wants him to and loses the actual love of her life in the process, but at the end of the story she still gets up. She keeps going no matter what.
Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Trilogy
Peeta is one of the best characters to embody love, grace, kindness, and strength. He's not your typical macho alpha male type and I love it. He inspires me to want to be a better person and brings out the best in the people around him. So many times you come across a character like him, and you're kinda intimidated and all "I could never be that good." But he's more inspiring, and I think the other characters in the trilogy are inspired too.
Harry Potter from Harry Potter
This one shouldn't be a surprise and it probably sounds cliche. But hear me out. How many people actually say Harry Potter is their favorite character in the series? Hardly anyone. Usually it's Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville, etc. At least in my experience, I haven't met many people who have said Harry is their favorite. But he's mine. He's ridiculous, brave, has the martyr syndrome, and most of the time really stupid. But he's loyal and an orphan and lost and just wants a family. I absolutely love Harry Potter and he is my hero. Or at least one of them.
There are a ton of other characters which aren't listed here whom I love. My opinion will probably also change tomorrow because it's so hard to pick!
Who are your favorite literary characters?
Linking up with Broke and Bookish for 10 on Tuesday, and Karly Kim & The Glossy Blonde for Totally Posted Tuesday.