Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? What about a hero or heroine who has appealed to you because of their idiosyncrasies? Ever wished you could meet a character in real life and hang out with them?
I’ve met many people reading books, and I’d like to share my top 3 with you.
Scobie Malone (Scobie Malone crime books by Jon Cleary)
Police Detective Scobie Malone of the NSW police force is an old-fashioned man trying to understand the changing world—and largely succeeding. He adores his wife, loves his children, and is a great friend and boss. Having grown up in working class Sydney he is reluctant to spend more money than necessary, which results in lots of teasing from his family. He works hard (no CSI glamour here) and has to deal with the politics of policing without allowing it to get to him. A genuine, all-round good bloke. We need more like him.
Sammy (Sammy’s Hill and Sammy’s House, by Kirsten Gore)
Sammy is one of the strangest, but most relatable, characters I know. She is an intelligent young woman working for as a Health Policy Advisor for a Senator in Washington DC. In her spare time she practises what she’d do if she came across an alligator/lion/snake or similar, raises (and mostly kills) Japanese fighting fish, celebrates obscure anniversaries on a daily basis, and befriends any telemarketer who calls. She is clumsy, kooky, and lovable.
Raoul de Harcourt (The Conqueror, by Georgette Heyer)
Raoul is a knight living in Normandy during the rise and reign of William the Conqueror. He becomes the trusted friend of Duke William and in the book The Conqueror, the story of William is told through Raoul’s eyes. Raoul is a dreamer, but an intelligent, loyal, and intrepid knight at the same time. His idealistic views of justice and peace often battle with his desire to serve ‘the fighting duke’, but he is a fierce a warrior as those around him. Raoul is a man of contradictions, and has been a favourite for a long time.
There are many other characters from a range of books that I have a fondness for, but there are too many to mention in a runner-up category.
You may notice that I haven’t mentioned any of my own characters—that would be cheating. Do I have a favourite from amongst them? Not a clear one. I love them all, but I will admit Beth has a special spot in my heart. She is where it all began with my writing.
So, do you have a favourite? I would love to know!
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