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10. Sodapop Curtis (The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton) 

Darry, you gotta stop yelling at him for every little thing he does, man.

Rob Lowe as Sodapop

My favourite Greaser. He’s funny, sweet, nice to Ponyboy, and likes horses. What’s not to love?

9. Count Almasy (The English Patient by Michael Ontdaaje)

All I ever wanted was a world without maps.

Ralph Fiennes as Almasy

That tormented, loner-ish count whose affair with a married woman destroyed them both, and resulted in her dead and him being burnt beyond recognition. Oh, and he comes across as a little bit of a masochist. Poor guy…

8. Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar)

I want the best. I am the best. And I deserve the best.

Leighton Meester as Blair

Epic bitch! But how can you not love her? We all have a little bit of Blair in us. Yep, you know you do : )

7. Armand (Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice)

There are no children of Satan, really.

Probably the most evil character on this list, but it’s not his fault. He’s a bloodsucker, cut him some slack! If you were abducted when you were young and sold as a slave and constantly raped, you’d be evil too ; ) and probably not as good-looking!

6. Mathilde (A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot)

If I don’t break the peel, Manech is alive.

Audrey Tautou as Mathilde

The  girl who refused to believe her fiance was dead, and even though she’s a cripple, ran (figuratively) around France looking for him. Did she find him? Take a guess : )

5. Fermin Romero de Torres (The Shadow of the Wind by Carl Ruis Zafon)

You talk like the jacket blurb of a Victorian novel, Daniel.


Gentleman and scoundrel with a shadowy past, who acts as a guide for the young Daniel. Probably the most charming and likable character ever in the history of literature.

4. Antonio Corelli (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres)

Your lips are like sugar
And your cheeks an apple
Your breasts are paradise
And your body a lily.

O, to kiss the sugar
To bite the apple
To reveal paradise
And open the lily.

Nicolas Cage as Corelli

The awkwardly adorable Italian captain with a mandolin who woos the initially hostile female lead from the occupied nation of Greece. Even though the ending’s supposed to be tragic, he’s so good-natured that even destiny turned on its head for him : )

3. Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger)

Grand. There’s a word I really hate. It’s a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.

Everyone’s favourite teen rebel. So kooky and badass, how can I not include him?

2. Marguerite Gaultier (Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils)

How can one change one’s entire life and build a new one on one moment of love? And yet, that’s what you make me want to close my eyes and do.

Greta Garbo as Marguerite

The Parisian courtesan with a heart of gold who falls in love with a man for the first time in her life, and dies of a broken heart plus tuberculosis . Made iconic by the screen legends Greta Garbo in Camille and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge. Love her very much.

1. Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)

Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you!

Every time I re-read A Tale of Two Cities, I go to pieces, and the tissue box gets massacred, all thanks to Sydney Carton. He’s the intelligent but cynical lawyer who’s perpetually drunk and has no idea what to do with himself…until he meets Lucie Manette and completely falls for her. Unfortunately, she’s kind of taken, and he is forced into the background when she married Charles Darnay. When her husband is condemned by the French Revolution to the guillotine, Carton, who strongly resembles Darnay, gives up his life for the one he loves and takes Darnay’s place instead. Well, it was probably a good day for the Kleenex company when Mr. Dickens decided to create such a heartwrencher of  a character. Badass and the ultimate hero at the same time, and moving girls to tears since 1859. Top spot, without a doubt : )


1. The Remains of the DayKazuo Ishiguro

2. On the RoadJack Kerouac

3. Thousand Cranes – Kawabata Yasunari

4. The English Patient Michael Ontdatjee

5. Gone With the WindMargaret Mitchell

6. The Awakening Kate Chopin

7. The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosinski

8. The Wars – Timothy Findley

9. Camille – Alexandre Dumas fils

10. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

11. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

12. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

13. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

14. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres

15. A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell

16. Vanity FairWilliam Thackeray

17. Les MisérablesVictor Hugo

18. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

19. The Stone AngelMargaret Laurence

20. Lady Chatterley’s Lover- D.H. Lawrence

21. Blindness – José Saramego

22. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

23. Tropic of CancerHenry Miller

24. All Quiet On the Western FrontEric Maria Remarque (December)

25. The Stone Diaries Carol Shields

26. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

27. Possession – A.S.Byatt


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