A new Top Five Tuesday, the prompts are created by Bionic Book Worm. I usually relate way more with female characters and are drawn to them much more but I did manage to find five of my favourite male characters, just about!
1. Harry Potter
“There’s no need to call me “sir” Professor.”
This adorable human had to be on the list. I still can’t get over how lovely and giving Harry is despite his upbringing. Who taught him to be a good person? Harry goes through so much in his teenage years, he has all the pressure of saving the world on his shoulders and yet he’s not arrogant *cough* like his father *cough* he fights to the very end and sacrifices himself for the greater good even though the man he trusted most essentially set him up to die, Harry does it anyway. Obviously Harry isn’t perfect, but he certainly tries!
2. Tyrion Lannister
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
This man! Tyrion is so witty, I love his chapters, most of the time you get to laugh. He’s also incredibly intelligent and resilient, he’s had to be. It breaks my heart how horribly he is treated by his father and sister and by most of Westeros actually. But he still carries on, I just want to give him a hug most of the time because everyone else is so mean.
“It all goes back and back. To our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance on in our steads.”
3. Peeta Mellark
“Our lives are not measured in years, but are measured in the lives of people we touch around us.”
Peeta is such a lovely person, he cares so much about others. He’s charming, kind, determined. I really admire his inner strength, especially when he volunteered to go back into the games so Katniss wouldn’t be alone. They were both traumatised by their first games and their fight with the capital. He was tortured for months, made to hate the person he loves the most but still that love shone through and he was able to break free from that dark place in his mind. I’m just so proud of him.
4. Jaime Lannister
Oh Jaime…he’s definitely the problematic favourite of this group. At the start of ASOIAF, Jaime’s moral compass is non-existent. He’s spent most of his adult life scorned and hated for betraying his vows and killing the Mad King, the King who was about to burn 250,000 people alive in the city of Kings Landing. Thanks to Ned Stark (not a fan) no one found out about the Kings promise to ‘burn them all’ instead everyone sees Jaime as corrupt. However Jaime goes on quite the journey, he looses his sword hand and as he sees it, his worth. But he saves his companion from being slaughtered by a bear, a woman he had scorned from the moment he met her. He’s a complex anti-hero and I love reading his POV chapters.
“And me, that boy I was … when did he die, I wonder? When I donned the white cloak? When I opened Aerys’s throat? That boy had wanted to be Ser Arthur Dayne, but someplace along the way he had become the Smiling Knight instead.”
5. Jackson Brodie
“A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen.”
Jackson is a private investigator, he likes his job, it pays well and he mainly just has to follow people around whose spouses think they’re being unfaithful. But he does care about his clients, especially when he has to deal with old missing persons cases or unsolved murders. He’s quite a broody character, he has a daughter who he doesn’t see enough and he’s desperate to go and live in rural France for his retirement. I recently started re-reading his series and I forgot how much I loved them, the fifth book in the series is out this year which I’m very excited for!
There they are, my five favourite male characters! Who are some of yours?