Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Favorites #3

So this week I though I'd share with you some of my favorite 2011 fictional characters. There have been some that just stuck with me throughout the year, and try as I might I can't forget them.

Gideon from Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
 Really, how could you not adore Gideon? He was the life of the novel. He was one of those supporting characters, that carries the weight of the novel on his shoulders. Without him this would have practically just been a summer read of love and sex and beach scenes. Gideon (and Camus) gave so much depth to this novel. I mean the first line is "Gideon keeps falling down." Gideon's deafness made his family have to try harder to communicate with him and thusly they found many new ways to communicate. This book wasn't only about Gideon, but damn it, he was the very heart of this novel. I would love, love, love to see this book correctly turned into a movie, to see the perfect Gideon on screen with his charismatic hands would just be phenomenal. Moskowitz wrote the best character when she penned Gideon into these pages.

R from Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Alright, so I was already head over heels for R when I was reading this book. Yes, his dreaminess was somewhat stifled by his rotting flesh, but boy was he charming. There was just something about him that drew me into him and made me want him to be a better person, and less of a decomposing corpse. Now, I do not think I could control my excitement when I heard that they were making this into a movie(actually into a movie not just buying rights). On top of the awesomeness of it becoming a movie, Nicholas Hoult would be playing R. I love the 1st season of Skins and a lot of it was Nicholas Hoult. Yeah, he was kinda a complete dick, but he is cute and just has charm shooting out of him. I can not wait to see him portray R, I am quite certain I will fall in love with that character all over again.

Keek from And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky
Oh Keek you spunky, Plath obsessed girl. Lying in your sick bed, spewing nonsense from a typewriter. Despite the itchy pox, it sounds like the dream-life. I loved reading her maniac, fever-induced rants about Esther and Slyvia Plath, and her cheating father. I mean "Cute as a fucking button. Esther/Sylvia was as serious as a nuclear bomb."  These are fantastic lines and I really just loved Keek the whole time. Screw her family, who falls apart around her. Screw her boyfriend who doesn't understand. I know in my review I do talk about the grandmother as being my favorite and in a way she was, but Keek is the relateable character that I think back and chuckle about. 

Evan from Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Okay, so I know I just read this book, but I already know that I'm going to be thinking of quirky Evan and the bizarre mystery he was forced to unravel. He was a very odd duck, but there was just something about him that made me want to take care of him. I wanted to be his friend so I could hold his hand while he faces the horrors and pain of missing someone he was so close to. I hope I could be a better friend than Ariel was, at the very least a bit more sane than her. He was a quite kid and I imagine it would be very interesting to lie out under the stars with him and converse about the universe. Evan seems like the guy who doesn't feel like he has to hide his thoughts and emotions as long as you have earned his trust. Some guys are always closed off with only the smallest windows of honesty. Evan is an open book, who carries a lot with him.

Clare from Clarity by Kim Harrington
I really liked Clare, because she was a character who started off with knowing about her abilities and it made her much more believable and likable. I appreciate that she didn't stumble upon her ability in a confusing series of mishaps, which I guess is more Kim Harrington's doing than Clare's. Regardless, Clare was a kind character who was willing to try and help with her powers. I like that Clare didn't sit around brooding and whining about how unfair life is. This was a great book anyways, and I often find myself comparing Clare's character to other similar characters that always seem to fall short.

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