My favorite storybook character(s).

This will be my favorite question of all, methinks. (Which makes a lot of since, considering I made this one up. Well, what can I say? The actual question for this week had to do with "the best mashup" I've ever heard. Boring! And I totally don't care. But I do care about books, of course. So here goes.)

1. Hermione Granger (The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)—I kind of want to be this girl. She's highly intelligent, courageous as all get-out, and beautiful without even trying. She fights evil in the wizarding world with two of her best friends, whom she cares so deeply about and would do anything for. But most of all, Hermione has a wonderfully unique personality that I can't get enough of. Sure, she can lose her temper every once in a while, but her unwavering beliefs and good instincts are what fuel her strength as a character (and keep the trio alive in the most dangerous situations). She's pretty much the epitome of an independent, go-getter kind of gal with a huge heart who isn't afraid to risk her life for those closest to her. Talk about one-of-a-kind.

Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have. | Hermione to Ron, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2. Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)—Before anything else, I must ask the question, who wouldn't love this guy? Seriously, he's the most heroic character I've ever come across in all of my years of fiction-reading. As a middle-aged father and devoted lawyer living in 20th century Alabama, Atticus Finch doesn't seem like much on the surface. Let's just say, he isn't your typical superhero. But by the time you get through half of the novel, it is clearly evident that his character is so much greater than most people in the story realize. As well as being a loving parent to Jem and Scout, he is also a wise and humble friend to just about everyone else in Maycomb County. With tireless determination and amazing fearlessness, he fights for justice in even the most hopeless situations. I'd say that he's basically a modern-day St. Jude. (And if I didn't see him as the ultimate father-figure, I would be madly in love with him.)

Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Atticus to Jem and Scout, To Kill A Mockingbird

3. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)—Of course, this brief list would not be complete without the ever-so-clever Miss Bennet from Austen's infamous classic. How could I leave her out? Lovely yet fierce, this lighthearted heroine refuses to waste her time with anyone who doesn't give her the respect that she deserves. She's the kind of person who questions society's norms and goes against the grain, no matter what the cost, to ensure the happiness of her beloved family. Money and security mean nothing to her, while love means everything. Lizzie believes that true fulfillment, rather than just contentment, can be found, as long as you're willing to look for it.

Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her.  He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger. | Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice