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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

TTT: Top Literary Heroes/Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday: Today's topic is supposed to best top literary villains, but I've created that list twice before. (See list here.)

So I am opting to list some of my favorite literary heroes and heroines.

1. Atticus Finch---Scout's father in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I wish I could be as ethical as Atticus and as good a parent.

2.Katniss Everdean---She is just so kick-ass in The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

3. Celie---She is the original #MeToo character. She stands up for herself and brings others along with her in The Color Purple by Toni Morrison Alice Walker.

4. Jean Valjean---imprisoned for stealing bread to feed his sibling who is starving. He spends his whole life making up for any misdeeds in Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

5. Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley---one couldn't have been the hero without the others. What a team in The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling.

6. Charlotte---She may be a spider but she saves Wilbur's life in Charlotte's Web by EB White

7. Sabriel---She becomes the Abhorsen after the death of her father and she saves not only her kingdom but a neighboring one as well. After Sabriel come Lireal who picks up where the latter leaves off. Both are wonderful literaary heroines from the Abhorsen Trilogy (which ended up with five books in it!) by Garth Nix. If you aren't familiar with this series, what are you waiting for?

8. Elinor Dashwood---I wouldn't be much of a Jane Austen fan if I didn't honor a few of her heroes and heroines. Elinor really saves her family from despair and abject poverty after the death of her father. She is very selfless. (From Sense and Sensibility.)

9. Henry Tilney---is a lesser known hero from Northanger Abbey. Tilney is an all-around good guy who is willing to stand up to his father when the elder treats Catherine Moreland abominably.

10. Eragon and his dragon, Saphira---together they save Alagaësia and make the land safe for dragons and riders again. (Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini.)

11. Aslan---the huge lion who saves all Narnia from the White Witch. (Chronicles of Nania series by CS Lewis.)


  1. Great characters. I still need to read Northanger Abbey by Austen. Just a quick note, The Color Purple is written by Alice Walker and not Toni Morrison. ;)

    1. Thanks for the author catch. I knew Alice Walker wrote The Color Purple. In fact, as I typed the books name I pictured where the book lived in my library...in the W section.

  2. So many great characters on your list! I love Atticus and I love that you included Harry, Ron and Hermione as a team! 😊

  3. Great characters, except for the Henry one. I'm very against that name right now. ;)

  4. I adore Mr. Tilney. Glad to see he made your list.

  5. I like how you did the opposite of the prompt :). Atticus is an iconic hero. The kids in Harry Potter are probably my all-time favorite heroes.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. I need to read the Abhorsen books one of these days. :)


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