Mae Clair’s 13 Heroines: From Lady Marian to Clary Fray

Welcome to another Thursday Thirteen!  Last week I blogged a list of my thirteen favorite male characters, so it’s only fair this week is devoted to the ladies. In the process of putting this post together, I discovered something interesting.

It was effortless to come up with thirteen heroes (I could have easily added more without difficulty) but, when it came time to pick heroines, I had to do some digging. I even poked around in my bookcase, and realized that while there were titles I could look at and confidently say I enjoyed a great deal, I couldn’t remember much about the heroine. Wow! That was an awakening.

Maybe I just like a hunky hero, and gravitate more toward the men. Don’t get me wrong. There are women on the list below I adore. Others are there to round things out to an odd thirteen. That said, here are my thirteen favorite female characters (in no particular order):

1.    Lady Marian/Maid Marian
       Robin Hood legends
2.    Quinn Black
       Sign of Seven trilogy by Nora Roberts
3.    Eowyn
       Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
4.    Arafel, the Lady of the Trees
       The Ealdwood Duology by  C.J. Cherryh
5.    Maggie Concannon
       Born In series by Nora Roberts
6.    Clary Fray
       Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
7.    Weather Karkinnen
       Prey series by John Sanford
8.    Sara Howard
       The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
9.    Cinderella
10.  Philippa Somerville
       The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
11.  Deborah St. James
       Inspector Lynley mysteries by Elizabeth George
12.  Lucie Manette
       A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
13.  Viola
       Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

So, I learned a lesson. I need to pay more attention to the women, instead of drooling over the men! The first five women on the list were heroines who made a strong impression on me. Coming up with some of the others has made me want to go back and re-read their stories, particularly THE LYMOND CHRONICLES and A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

Okay, spill – – who are your faves? 🙂

Thursday 13: Aloysius Who?

Happy Thursday, friends! I recently discovered a new reason to be excited about this particular day, a weekly meme called Thursday Thirteen. Each week you blog a list of thirteen items – – any items – – of your choice. Imagine! So many topics, so many possibilities! For my first Thursday 13, I thought I’d start with a subject everyone can easily relate to, thirteen favorite male literary characters. Yes, male, because I’m dividing them in two weekly sessions.

So, here’s my list of my thirteen in no particular order (er, except for number one.  No question that Aloysius Xingu L. Pendergast holds the top spot in my heart):

1.       Aloysius Xingu L. Pendergast

First introduced as a supporting character in RELIC, a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, FBI Special Agent Pendergast became a leading character who has appeared in eleven successive novels with a twelfth scheduled to release before the year is out. If you don’t know who this guy is I highly recommend checking him out.  No other character even comes close! I’m beyond in love with this man, I’m besotted (and he isn’t even a romance hero)!

And now for the remaining twelve delicious male characters in no particular order:

2.     Caleb Hawkins
        Sign of Seven Trilogy by Nora Roberts
3.     Louis Kincaid 
        Louis Kincaid Mystery series by P. J. Parrish
4.     Phillip Quinn  
Chesapeake Bay Saga by Nora Roberts
5.     Sir Francis Crawford of Lymond
        The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
6.     James (Gem) Carstairs
        The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
7.     King Arthur
        The Once and Future King by T.H. White   
        Also of legend
8.     Robin of Locksley (Robin Hood) 
        Various legends
9.     Jace Wayland
        The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
10.   Elric of Melnibone
        The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
11.   Gerald Tarrant 
        The Coldfire Trilogy by C. S. Friedman
12.   Menion Leah
        Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
13.   Captain Francis Crozier
        The Terror by Dan Simmons
        Fictionalized account of Sir John Franklin’s attempt to find the Northwest
        Passage in 1845. Captain Francis Crozier was captain of the HMS Terror.
        This novel presently ranks as my favorite of all time! 🙂

So there you have my 13 favorite male characters from literature. I could have easily added a few more without much thought.  Who are yours? You don’t need to list thirteen (although I’d be happy to entertain that many if you’d like to elaborate) but I’d love to know a few. Do share. Inquiring minds (that would be me) want to know!

And check back next Thursday for my thirteen favorite female characters, followed by more Thursday Thirteens each week. I think this could turn out to be a fun meme that I hope you’ll frequent now and again! 🙂