Check this: The 100 favourite fictional characters... as chosen by 100 literary luminaries [via Kottke]
Tin Tin! Dr. Watson! God! Jane Eyre! Paddington Bear! Antonia Shimerda! Anne of Green Gables!
(I think I need to expand my literary collection, is what.)
And, in response: Character witnesses, as chosen by Independent readers
Sidney Carton, Holden Caulfield, Tom Joad, Rebecca de Winter, Jo March, Atticus Finch!, Eeyore!
(Ditto the parenthetical confession above. Good lord, why haven't I read barely any of the other books on this list?)
And: My anti-Hero (because the bad guys are so much more interesting)
Also, because I am now obsessed with the Enjoyment>>Books section of this site:
- Interviews with authors whose books I want to read:
* Nuruddin FarahPlus, an argument: Independent versus Chain bookstores
* Eric Carle (one of my very favorite authors/illustrators of children's books)
* Asne Seierstad
* Sarah Vowell (a.k.a Violet Incredible!)
* Nadeem Aslam ("Most ordinary Muslims say, 'We just want to get on with our lives. Don't identify us with the fundamentalists.' But it's a luxury. We moderate Muslims have to stand up. As a child I was really frightened of the game Hangman. I was terrified that my not knowing the answer was going to get somebody killed. As a grown-up, I feel that a game of Hangman is being played on an enormous scale in the world, and that sooner or later I'm going to be asked certain questions, and if I don't give the right answer somebody is going to get hurt.")