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Old 30.06.2011, 17:13
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Calling readers ...

Who's your favourite literary character, and why?
This is a mini-survey for a literary magazine http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk/

If you feel like answering and are happy for your response to be published, could you respond like so:

  • Who is your favourite character in literature?
  • From which book?
  • Why?
  • Name, location.

Eg:
Michael Mouse
Tales of the City
For fighting so hard to be himself
Lizzy, Zug

Thank you - and I hope to get some great international reading tips, too.
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Old 30.06.2011, 17:16
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Dennis the Menace
Beano Annual 1977
He takes after me.
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Old 30.06.2011, 17:19
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Beano Annual 1977
He takes after me.
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Thank you. Although from your avatar, you look more like Gnasher with Mutley's laugh.
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Old 30.06.2011, 17:26
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Can it be from a cartoon? If so:

Calvin
Calvin & Hobbes
Everyone can associate to his antics and wild imagination. And because he had a sarcastic tiger as a friend.
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The Pasha
Eothen (Alexander Kinglake)
He's a nutter.
DB, Glarus
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Old 30.06.2011, 17:33
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Zaphod Beeblebrox
HHGTTG
He's funnier than me
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Old 30.06.2011, 17:34
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Eothen (Alexander Kinglake)
He's a nutter.
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That's a new one on me, thanks.
Heard of Calvin and like his wry sense of humour.
See, you've expanded my horizon in a mere two posts.

Keep 'em coming.
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Heard of Calvin and like his wry sense of humour.
I'm not sure Michael Servetus appreciated his sense of humour quite so much...
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Zaphod Beeblebrox
HHGTTG
He's funnier than me
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I think Flashheart in Black Adder must have been based on Beeblebrox.
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Old 30.06.2011, 17:40
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I think Flashheart in Black Adder must have been based on Beeblebrox.
Woof!
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Old 30.06.2011, 17:57
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Wow, tough question...

Anne Shirley
Anne of Green Gables (etc.)
When I first read those books, I wanted to be just like her.
Victoria, Préverenges
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Old 30.06.2011, 18:06
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Ignatius J. Reilly
Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole

Modern age Don Quixote, the original Homer, sucker of donuts, my own personal hero.
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Old 30.06.2011, 18:09
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Re: Calling readers ...

I was intrigued by this question, so I asked my mum what she'd say...

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Lucy Snowe
Villette
Because she is quietly independent and a keen observer of the foibles of those who surround her.
Paula, Montreux
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Old 30.06.2011, 18:16
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I was intrigued by this question, so I asked my mum what she'd say...
I good idea. I tried that.

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What?

After all these years you contact me to ask about BOOKS?!

Go away and don't even think about contacting me again unless it's because you're dying and you want to use dad's Mercedes for the funeral.
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Old 30.06.2011, 18:23
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I was intrigued by this question, so I asked my mum what she'd say...
Great stuff, everyone.
I'm only just keeping up with the research and background, but thrilled to get such varied input.
Looks like my article might be longer than originally intended.
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Old 30.06.2011, 18:25
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  • Who is your favourite character in literature?
  • From which book?
  • Why?
  • Name, location.
  • Waldo
  • 1987 Edition of "Where's Waldo"
  • Because it was banned..!!

Pre-1997 versions were banned in all public libraries by the American Library Association because in the following picture while looking for Waldo you might find a nipple.




Censored post-1997 version.

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Old 30.06.2011, 19:56
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  • Waldo
  • 1987 Edition of "Where's Waldo"
  • Because it was banned..!!

Pre-1997 versions were banned in all public libraries by the American Library Association because in the following picture while looking for Waldo you might find a nipple.
You're kidding!
So what is that thing protruding from the lady's bikini top?
Is she a peanut smuggler?
Whatever it is, it disturbs me far more than a nipple.

Does the ALA air-brush udders from Gary Larson cartoons, too?
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Old 30.06.2011, 20:25
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Pony
Pony Bear and Appletree
My childhood favourite
Air, @home

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Old 30.06.2011, 20:28
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Sherlock Holmes
Silver Blaze
The strange incident of the dog in the nightime
Grumpy, mountain cave.
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Sir Harry Flashman VC
Flashman and the Tiger

All the Flashmans are great, but I think the Tiger one I remember most

Al, Not in London anymore
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