Reading this list, I just have to say HECK YEAH.
I would add to my list:
- Syrio Forel from A Game of Thrones. I would absolutely have a beer with him. And a swordfighting lesson or two, as well, from which I’d emerge, most likely, with stung knuckles and stung pride.
- Father Polycarp from my own What Our Eyes Have Witnessed. Who would also probably invite in about ten people from the street to have chicken wings, on him. And then he’d tell us all a story, and motivate us to take the coats off our backs and go give them to someone shivering against a wall down the street. Then he’d have us searching for housing for them. And then…in fact, before we knew it, we’d be starting an entire mission. He was that kind of man.
Ranking books is a fruitless exercise. It’s inherently subjective and people get pissed.
For example, I loathe Mrs. Dalloway. But when a Woolfite sees that I have Mrs. Dalloway ranked almost last in my rankings, I’m the equivalent of an abortion protestor screaming at the front door of a clinic. THESE DOCTORS MUST DIE!!!
I have an opinion. They have an opinion. We argue, everybody leaves angry, and nothing gets changed.
So, yeah, it’s kind of fruitless to rank books, but I do it anyway ‘cause it’s fun. But what about book characters? Can I rank them in some sort of sensible, somewhat objective way?
That’s doubtful too. But I’m going to try it today anyway.
And here’s how I’ll do it. I’ll ask myself the following question: Which fictional characters would I most (and maybe not so much) like to have a beer with? Then, I’ll rank accordingly.
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