Starting with three characters I wanted to be friends with as a child, and still do, here is my list:
- George (Georgina) from the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, because she is feisty and smart and adventurous (the only girl in any Endid Blyton book I have read who is on an equal footing with the boys).
- Anne Shirley from the Anne books by L.M. Montgomery. She is a good and true friend despite her talent for rushing headlong into trouble.
- The Cat in the Hat from the books by Dr. Seuss. The original furry anarchist. Can you imagine all the mischief one could get up to with him and never be found out?
- Granny Weatherwax from the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, although I fear she wouldn’t much approve of me. A good woman to have at your back when the elves and/or vampyres arrive in town.
- Lord Peter Wimsey from the books by Dorothy L. Sayers. He has qualities I value in a friend, such as loyalty, courage and a sense of humour, plus if I ever get wrongly accused of a crime, he’d be the one I would want covering my back.
- Sophy Stanton-Lacey from the Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer, because she is good at solving problems and has a sense of humour.
- Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, because she is strong, independent and has a sense of humour, and she wouldn’t abandon me even if I made a match she didn’t approve of.
- Fitzwilliam Darcy Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Although he would be difficult to become friends with because of his standoffishness, once his friendship was gained he would look out for me in a crisis and because he isn’t too proud to admit it when he’s wrong.
- Flora Poste from Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. She may think a bit too well of herself, but she is an excellent problem-solver and overall nice person who wants everyone to live up to their potential and be happy.
- Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I’m only about 1/3 through the book, and already love this character, perhaps because aspects of her remind me strongly of myself.
I think I can depend on finding at least Anne, Lizzie and Jo on several of the other’s lists.