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Literary characters in great books can inspire emotion and true connections with mere fiction. Over time there have been many much loved characters in the books we read, these are what I think are 22 of the most loved literary characters.

1. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly


 

2. Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Kaya Scodelario as Catherine Earnshaw (2011)

Kaya Scodelario as Catherine Earnshaw (2011)


 

3. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch (1962)

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch (1962)


 

4. Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Northern Ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream- Puck Quote

Northern Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Puck Quote


 

5. Sherlock Holmes from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (2009)


 

6. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby (2013)

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby (2013)


 

7. Mary Yellen from Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Jessica Brown Findlay as Mary Yellen in Jamaica Inn BBC mini series (2014)

Jessica Brown Findlay as Mary Yellen in Jamaica Inn BBC mini series (2014)


 

8. Winston Smith from 1984 by George Orwell

1984 book cover

1984 book cover


 

9. Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Charlotte's Web book cover

Charlotte’s Web book cover


 

10. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women book cover

Little Women book cover


 

11. Meena from Anita and Me by Meera Syal

Anita and Me book cover

Anita and Me book cover


 

12. Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Ian McKellen as Gandalf (2013)

Ian McKellen as Gandalf (2013)


 

13. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger (2001-2011)

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger (2001-2011)


 

14. Mr Tumnus from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

James McAvoy as Mr Tumnus (2005)

James McAvoy as Mr Tumnus (2005)


 

15. Cinna from The Hunger Games Triology by Suzanne Collins

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna (2012)

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna (2012)


 

16. Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Emma Stone as Skeeter (2011)

Emma Stone as Skeeter (2011)


 

17. The Mad Hatter from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter (2010)

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter (2010)


 

18. Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time book cover

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time book cover


 

19. Zero from Holes by Louis Sacher

Khleo Thomas as Zero (2003)

Khleo Thomas as Zero (2003)


 

20. Charlie from The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Logan Lerman as Charlie (2012)

Logan Lerman as Charlie (2012)


 

21. Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in BBC TV-mini series (1995)

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in BBC TV-mini series (1995)


 

22. Pelagia from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

Penélope Cruz as Pelagia (2001)

Penélope Cruz as Pelagia (2001)

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