As anyone who has been reading this blog can tell you, characterization is where it is at for me. If a story has great characters, I can often overlook other flaws. So, I thought I would take some time and reflect on the amazing heroes/male protagonist I have been privileged to know and love through reading. Some are certainly romantic heroes – I’m a sucker for a good love story, after all. But many are not. Some have super powers, or, at least, are larger than life in some way. Others are just ordinary people set in extraordinary circumstances. What they all have in common is a way of getting under our skin and staying with us, even when the book has long been finished.
When possible, I linked the picture of each character to the website of the person who created the artwork. Visit these talented people to learn more about thier work. These appear in no particular order.
1. Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
2. Meoraq from The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith
3. Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
4. Atreyu from The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
5. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Gus McCrae from Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
7. Lemuel Gulliver from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
8. Phileas Fogg from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
9. James Henry Trotter from James and the Giant Peach by Road Dahl
10. Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
11. Inman from Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
12. Michael Hosea from Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
13. Charles Cornick from the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
14. Tea Cake from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston