5. Cassandra Mortmain
(I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith)I just discovered Cassandra a few weeks ago and fell for her, funny and quirky and I think probably fairly universally appealing to any UK girls. I reviewed the book just below this post.
(My Name is Mina by David Almond)
I was unprepared for how much I adored this book, which was mainly because of the determined, independent Mina. I completely fell in love with her and her inspiring and uplifting take on the world. I reviewed the book here.
3. Hazel Grace Lancaster
(The Fault in our Stars by John Green)
Oh my goodness me, how I loved Hazel. I loved this whole book so very very much and Hazel is funny, intelligent and inspiring. The way that she deals with her illness is brave and heartbreaking and her romance with Gus (who very nearly made it onto this list) is wonderful. My review of the book is here.
(The Grey Gentlemen by Michael Ende)I'm not even sure what genre this book qualifies as, but it is one of my childhood favourites. It's a super whimsical story with some pretty dark undertones and sinister villains but Momo is an incredible heroine, I wanted to be her when I was a child.
(Matilda by Roald Dahl)Who else could my all time favourite be but Matilda in all her book-loving, library-loving self. Anyone who loves books and stories as much as I do is always going to win with me (although it's a bit of theme generally as Cassandra, Mina, Hazel and Momo all love books and stories - I'm so predictable).
Honourable mentions: Georgia Nicholson from the Louise Rennison series, Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockinbird by Harper Lee and Liesl Meminger from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.
5. Pak Jun Do
(The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson)
I really loved this debut novel by Adam Johnson and a big reason for that was the main character who is noble, brave and yet endearing and also kind of jawdroppingly romantic. I reviewed the book here.
4. Eli Sisters
This is a bit of funny one as Eli is in fact an assassin but the first person narrative that Patrick DeWitt builds just makes Eli into a super endearing and clever character. His perspective is darkly funny and I could have read books and books more of Eli. I reviewed this whilst I was reading last years Man Booker shortlist here.
3. Franny Glass
(Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger)
I loved Franny a lot when I first read Franny and Zooey as she is intelligent and independent and booky but my love was compounded when she featured in The Heroines by Eileen Favorite, which I would really recommend to other Franny fans.
2. Thursday Next
(The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde)
I adore this series of books for a multitude of reasons, of which one is the superb Thursday Next. She first appeared in The Eyre Affair and the series is now onto its seventh. Thursday is intelligent, sarcastic and brave and the books are about her adventures in the Book World. My review of the seventh book will be up soon, I reviewed the sixth in the series here.
1. Henry DeTamble
(The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)
Henry was my first literary crush. He was my password on my laptop whilst I was 18 (he is not my password on anything now before anyone tries hacking into anything). He is tall, dark and quirkily handsome (Adrien Brody in my mind). He is a librarian. He is in love with a redhead. The book is in my top five (probably top two) in all its wonderful, romantic, literary loveliness.