Last Wednesday, Charles and Brett and Whitney and Jared and Allyson and I were discussing the list I had posted regarding my ten favorite television characters. Well, actually Charles and I were discussing that list, but Brett misheard and thought we were discussing ten favorite fictional characters, so the conversation sidetracked. That got me thinking, though: if I expanded the list to fictional characters, who'd make the cut?
And now, subject to change as I remember faves I forgot, I present my list:
(1) James Bond. The Ian Fleming version, of course--and on screen, Sean Connery remains the only Bond to capture the nuances of Fleming's character.
(2) Doc Savage. The hero epitomized.
(3) Ellery Queen. My favorite fictional detective, a master of deduction and a quick wit.
(4) Batman. Superman may be stronger, but in a pinch I know which one I'd rather have by my side.
(5) Hector from the Iliad. The doomed hero who did everything right for all the right reasons, but was defeated by forces beyond his control.
(6) Hamlet from... well, you know. "Maybe I think too much," Paul Simon wrote in a song--and he must have had the brooding, analytical Hamlet in mind.
(7) Philip Marlowe. The noir hero epitomized, with the moral code and the ethos that defined a genre.
(8) Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. Gatsby has much in common with the noir hero; he's a self-made man with a rigid moral code who puts loyalty to those close to him above all else. And I never believed Meyer Wolfsheim's implications that there was something corrupt behind that facade...
(9) Sherlock Holmes. Sure, he's got his quirks, but he is the embodiment of applied intellect.
(10) Alonso Quijana, aka Don Quixote. The world sees him as mad, but he's a man who has a vision of what the world should be and refuses to let cynicism dissuade him. I also remind myself, however, that he ultimately failed in his mission--but that's less important than the fact that he made the quixotic attempt.
Subject to change, as I said...