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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top Ten Rebels in Literature

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Rebels in literature:

1. Katniss- Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins---She stands up to the Capitol and to others who try to use her for their purposes.

2. Jo March- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott---She doesn't follow the prescribed behavior for women of her time.

3. Reepicheep- Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis--- The brave, swash-buckling mouse in several of the Narnia books.  He will take on anyone or anything even twice his size.

4. Frankie Landau-Banks- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart--- Can't get into the all-boys club at school?  No problem for Frankie who is so clever and plucky, she finds a way.

5. Margo Roth-Spiegelman- Paper Towns by John Green--- Margo refuses to act the part of the typical teenager, she is best known for her practical jokes and her dramatic disappearances.

6. Alaska Young- Looking for Alaska by John Green--- The misunderstood and tragic character in Green's first novel.  She loved a good prank and helped find ingenious ways to defy authority.

7. Lisbeth Salander- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson--- the anti-social hacker and researcher who helps crack an important mystery.

8. Harry Potter- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling--- though not a rebel in the strictest sense of the definition, Harry always ended up standing up to those in authority in the wizarding world, especially those at the Ministry of Magic. (Honorary mention: Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Ron, and Hermione)

9. Atticus Finch-To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee--- Atticus wasn't a James Dean type of rebel but he certainly stood up to racism when he defended the black man wrongly-accused of raping a white woman, which in some people's eyes was a rebellious act.

10. Skeeter- The Help by Kathryn Stockett---Skeeter doesn't start out to be a rebel, she just wants to write for a newspaper.  In the process she reveals the depth of racism in her pre-civil rights community in Mississippi and in the process uncovers truths she can no longer ignore.

11. Todd and Viola- The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness--- These two stand up to The Ask AND to the Answer!

12. Oskar Schindler-Schindler's List by Thomas Kennelly---This is a fictionalized account of the actual hero and rebel who saved over 2000 Jews during WWII.


  1. Atticus and Skeeter made my list too. I really admire them as characters. Isn't it funny how sometimes we admire the characters who are 'troublemakers' and don't follow the rules?

  2. I didn't even think of Reepicheep. I love Reepicheep and he's such a great character for this list!

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  3. John Green really makes some awesome female rebels! I just love his books.

  4. I thought of including Jo March, but didn't at the last minute. She's one of my favorite characters though.


  5. Great list! :) Reepicheep and Katniss are my favorites that you mentioned. Everyone loves a rebel.

  6. I had Katniss and Lisbeth on my list, too. In the same positions, actually... it's a little spooky! I didn't think of Reepicheep, but he's an awesome pick, and so is Atticus. Fantastic list! :)

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  7. Great choice, I thought of Jo March and Schindler, but I had reached my 10 and stopped... wise to continue...

  8. Wow, you mentioned so many I forgot. How could I forget Reepicheep? Lol. I haven't read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks but now I want to.

  9. Ooo, Atticus is a good one. Katniss seems to be #1 for a lot of folks, and we love that!

  10. Schindler was on my list too. I didn't even think about Skeeter, and I just read that book a few weeks ago! :) Nice list.

  11. Jo definitely deserves to be amongst the top rebels.
    Also, I just officially finished the help an hour ago. What a good book!

  12. I think I meant to include Jo March on my list and then forgot. Oh well.

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  13. You have lots of great characters on your list. Jo March is one of my favourites. Also, Lisbeth is definitely a rebel.

  14. Jo March is a great rebel! Can't believe I didn't think of her! I really want to read the girl with the dragon tattoo series too, love love love that there's a rebel heroine in them :)

  15. Love your list of rebels! I agree with them all (well, the ones I know).

    I think Skeeter was also a rebel simply in wanting to have a career and meaningful job and not wanting to do what her parents wanted and get married. Great list!


  16. Reepicheep! I completely forgot about him. Oh, I love him so much.

    Very nice list. And I'm glad you're a new follower :) Now I am too.


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