Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been relatively quiet, just getting back into the swing of Uni really, my first assignments are due in a couple of weeks though, so I’ll be starting them this week probably, basically, the stress is about to begin! Anyway, it’s Tuesday again, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday from the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a character freebie, so instead of focusing on human characters, I’m going to talk about my Top Ten Animal Characters from Books. Because let’s face it, animals are way better than people! So here we go, my favourite furry friends from books:
- Hedwig-Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling
I couldn’t do this list without everyone’s favourite fictional owl could I? Through the course of the books Hedwig was as much a character as Harry, Hermione or Ron. Darn you JK for what you did to Hedwig!
2. Fleetfoot-Throne of Glass Series-Sarah J Maas
PUPPY! I don’t care who out of the main TOG team dies, because let’s face it, some of them are going to, as long as Aelin’s adorable and faithful hound is alive at the end of the series. Don’t kill the dog Sarah. Just don’t do it. I know you love breaking our hearts, but not the dog.
3. Black Beauty-Black Beauty-Anna Sewell
I don’t think I could do a list of my favourite animal characters without including one of literature’s most famous horses. Poor Beauty went through so much in his life, but he came out the other side and eventually got his happy ending, it was truly beautiful!
4. Charlotte-Charlotte’s Web-EB White
I don’t see a day where I won’t be scared of spiders (THEY HAVE TOO MANY LEGS AND EYES, IT’S UNSETTLING, OKAY!), but I did love this fictional spider when I was a kid. Charlotte was so kind and loving and she saved Wilbur from becoming bacon. I nearly cried at the end of this book, I swear!
5. Shadow-Shadow The Sheepdog-Enid Blyton
This was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, and reading about Johnny’s relationship with his faithful dog Shadow was one of the first things that made me want my own dog, I wanted a dog like Shadow who would be my best friend (I now have a gorgeous black Labrador Otis, who I love!).
6. Blackjack-Percy Jackson and The Olympians-Rick Riordan
Okay so Blackjack is a mythical creature rather than one that exists in real life but it still counts! Blackjack the Pegasus is hilarious and always there for our main gang when they need him.
7. Pinkie-The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein
The McEwen’s excitable dog Pinkie is a great feature in this book, she doesn’t really do much, but she made me smile every time she was on the page!
8. Buffoon-Blind Beauty-KM Peyton
The relationship between Tessa and her horse Buffoon is central to this book and it’s wonderful to see these two outcasts bond over the course of the book, to see each of them give each other a goal in life and a sense of purpose.
9. Scout-The Glory-Lauren St John
Yup another horse! Scout is central to the plot of The Glory as he is the horse that Alex rides the race on, and they have such a beautiful bond, it’s wonderful to see.
10. Buckbeak-Harry Potter-JK Rowling
Yes I know, again a mythical creature, but I couldn’t not include Buckbeak. It sounds like so much fun to fly on a Hippogriff and I practically cheered when he hurt Malfoy for insulting him!
Honourable Mentions: Abraxos (Throne of Glass, wyvern), Merrylegs & Ginger (Black Beauty, horses), James Herriot Books (various animals, but most memorable is Pandora the Pekingnese), Chainsaw (Raven, the Raven Cycle), Joey (War Horse, Horse, I’ll admit I haven’t actually read the book for this one, but I saw the play and loved it, so I think I can include him as a favourite fictional horse), Fawkes (Phoenix, Harry Potter)
So how about you? What are your favourite fictional animals? Do we share any? What did you do for your character freebie this week? Let me know in the comments!
I will be back next week with a new Top Ten Tuesday, which is Top Ten Book Boyfriends (or Girlfriends, personally I’m going for boyfriends), so that should be a pretty fun one! I don’t know if I’ll have anything else up this week as I’m quite busy and want to get a jump start on my essays, so if I don’t post anything else this week, then I’ll see all you guys back here next week!