Top Ten Young Adult Fictional Characters

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Top Ten Young Adult Fictional Characters:

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) - Regardless of what you think of the series, her so-called bushy hair (I'm sorry, but it's perfect in the movies, at least), or her epic nerdiness, this is one kickass heroine! She is smart, brave and she doesn't take flak from anyone. She is empowering, in a nutshell.

2. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) - Not too many girls would sacrifice themselves in the blink of an eye to save their baby sister. She's brave and valiant, proud and strong, and she was a wonderful character to follow through three incredible books.

3. Carly (Raw Blue) - I've never been a fan of contemps, but this one blew my mind, in part because of just how real the MC was. Though she was haunted by the trauma she faced and the pain she lived with, she was honest and true throughout.

4. Harry Potter (Harry Potter) - Seriously? What's a list without an overdose of Harry Potter. We all know that I'm a Potter fiend (my cat's middle name is Harry Potter - don't judge me), but he is incredible. We grew up with him, and like it or not - he's a part of our generation.

5. Mara (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) - I'm a sucker for twisted. So, sue me. There's something so epicly wrong with Mara that it's just about right. This girl has everything going wrong, and yet she is utterly captivating!

6. Damon (The Vampire Diaries) - Colour me crazy, but I love me a bad boy. He's dark and brooding, and he can be so bloody selfish, but you can't get better than him. Underneath all that cynicism, he's a marshmallow. 

7. Percy (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) - This kid is just that - a kid, but he's so entertaining, and I swear that everything goes wrong for him, no matter what. He's always kicking ass and taking names though, and his adventures are far too cool.

8. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter) - I confess, I love him. I still held out hope to the very end that somehow, some way, he would come back. That said, I felt the same way for Sirius, so that's a testament to the connection I felt with the characters!

9. Grandfather Lamech (Many Waters) - He was wise, sweet and old, but he loved his children to the very end. Most of all, in a time of non-belief, he believed there was a path, and he held fast to that belief through everything. I loved him. 

10. Martin the Warrior (Redwall) - One little mouse fueled an entire epic fantasy series that dominated my childhood shelves. I think I own every book in the series, and I just loved hearing all the tales of everyone trying to live up to his name.


  1. I have to go out to get Raw Blue now, Carly is in illustrious companionship! Great choices otherwise, although I'd like to see Molly Weasley on the list. Every young adult needs a mum like her.

  2. YES!!!! x 10! FABULOUS list.
    Mwaha, seriously, you could probably make a list entirely out of Harry Potter characters... but I like yours :D

  3. Love the HP shout out. I would add Snape to your list. I love Dumbledore. I really like how he became a layered character in the last book.
    And of course I love Hermione. I'd name my first child Hermione if i didn't think she'd get made fun of.

  4. Loving the Harry Potter characters. <3 I felt the same way about Sirius and Dumbledore. I always cry at their deaths, no matter how many times I read the books.

    Katniss is a BAMF, enough said. I can't wait to see the movie and see how well Jennifer Lawrence potrays here (though judging by the trailer, and how Suzanne Collins helped with the movie, I have high hopes!).

  5. Meh, I do not like Harry, I am still made at him for always getting others in trouble or killed

  6. Katniss and Hermoine for sure. If we had a girl, I really tried to get my husband to go with either of those names!! He didn't go for it :) I would have added Stargirl too. She is my #1 favorite!

  7. While all of these are fantastic: PERCY FOREVER. <3

    Great list, Melissa. Such fun!

  8. Great list! Love, love, love Katniss and Percy!

  9. Great list! I concur with all of the ones that I know. The ones I don't know...well, now I have to go read the books that have those characters. :)

  10. So with you on the HG and HP ones. I realllllllly need to read Percy.

  11. okay, yes, yes, YES to every single one of the Harry Potter characters. for real.

    check out my list... Top Ten Books off My Shelf I am Dying to Read

  12. Yay for Hermione! What an awesome heroine. And I had all the Redwall books too--I need to reread those! And Damon--swoon! Basically, I love your list. :)

  13. Love so many of the characters you picked. Great list.


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