19 February 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Characters In the Contemporary Genre


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

Surprise! A list of my favourite contemporary characters wasn't an easy one for me - after all, I'm not exactly the biggest fan of contemporary fiction, but I thought I would give it a go!

1. Flynn Laukonen from A Note of Madness and A Voice in the Distance by Tabitha Suzuma

I couldn't make this list without mentioning a character from one of Tabitha Suzuma's books, and Flynn is by far my favourite. These are not easy books to read, but I loved Flynn right from the beginning, and my heart nearly broke for him multiple times - he's a character that I couldn't help but fall a little bit in love with.




2. Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

British boys are an old favourite of mine, in film, in books and in real life, and his charming, sweet journey with Hadley from the US to London was so cute - why can't I sit next to a guy like that when I fly?!





3. Chelsea from Speechless by Hannah Harrington

I loved Chelseas's journey in Speechless, from a nasty bitchy cliquey girl to mature, kind and understading, Hannah Harrington wrote a fantastic character that really grew through the story.






4. Noah from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

His dedication to his family. 'Nuff said.








5. Adam from If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Oh Adam, how my heart broke for you. And then you did that *sniff* *sob* thing, and my heart was stomped all over the floor.







6. Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Anyone who has read this book should know what I mean. If you haven't read it, you should! That is all.







7. Hadley from Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

I loved Hadley because she made me laugh. I'm not a laugh out loud reader, but she had me smiling, smirking and snickering on more than one occassion.







8. Jordan from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Although I had a few issues with Jordan (my review will be up soon so I won't say more than that), I loved that she was one of the boys, wasn't afraid of using bad language or pigging out - there should be more tom boys in contemporary fiction like Jordan!





9. Parker from Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

I would have listed Sloane from Summers' This is Not a Test, but that's not strictly contemporary, so the next best character is Parker - she's unlikable, abrasive and rude - but I still liked her, which is a true tribute to just how well Courtney Summers can write a character.





10. Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (spoiler alert!)

I know! How can Amy from Gone Girl be a favourite character?! Well the thing is, I love evil characters, and this girl was seriously fucked up. Like, scary psycho nut job fucked up.









What are your favourite characters in contemporary fiction? Any recommendations?

15 comments:

  1. I thought Chelsea was really well written, I was impressed with how I went from really disliking her at the start to really feeling for her and being on her side by the end.

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    1. Hannah Harrington definitely did a good job with Chelsea!

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  2. A lot of these characters are my favourites too! Adam completely tore my heart into tiny little shreds in If I Stay, and then somehow taped them back together in Where She Went. Great list!

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    1. It was SO sad, and then so happy and then so sad again - what a rollercoaster!

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  3. I was definitely surprised to see that you picked Contemporary YA for this week's TTT, but kudos to you! I haven't read enough of the genre to use it, but I'd say A from Every Day and Tiny Coooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Also, the entire gang from The Raven Boys (even though its not contemporary) because they're too good not to include.

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    1. I SO wanted to put A on this list, but it was borderline on whether it was contemp. or not, so I left it. Such a hard list to make because I don't love to many contemporaries!

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  4. I'm not huge on contemporary fiction, but I loved Pushing the LImits, and both The Fault in Our Stars and Gone Girl are on my list. Great picks! :D
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    1. Pushing the Limits was great, I can't wait to read Dare You To.

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  5. I loved that you included Amy from Gone Girl as she is TOTALLY fucked up and awesome and whatever, I loved her.

    ALSO! ALSO! Love your inclusion of Oliver!

    AND NOAH, omg his dedication to family was the best.

    Sighhhhh Adam, my heart breaks for him too!

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    1. I love fucked up characters - and she was definitely the most fucked up from recent times!

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  6. I've only read 1 of these! I need to jump on my contemporary list!

    Jennifer
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  7. I'm reading The Fault in Our Stars right now, Kat! I'm already falling in love with Augustus!

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  8. Oliver and Adam!! YES! I loved both of them, and I don't normally love much about contemp. They were the type of characters who really touched me.

    Thanks for stopping by today!

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