I've been thinking about this topic for a few days now and I have to admit I'm in total agreement with my fellow Novel Girls. Like Lesley, I love King Arthur. I love the heroism and adventure of these stories, and found them so enthralling when I was a little girl. I can remember picturing King Arthur and his loyal knights battling their enemies atop their noble steeds. He is such a romantic figure and is undoubtedly one of my all time favorites.
Like Jillian, I also love Olivia. When I first found these books in my local bookstore I was delighted, because my daughter's name is Olivia and she has a brother named Will. I was pregnant at the time with my third child (a boy) and debated naming him Ian, like in the Olivia books, but opted instead for Benjamin. Whenever we go to a bookstore with the kids and we see this book on the shelf, I point it out to my daughter and say, "Look Olivia, it's a book about you!" She is never amused.
Lisa's favorite characters are also ones that I adore. I think Scarlett O'Hara is one of the greatest literary figures of all time. She is brave, fragile and passionate, and at times, a walking contradiction. I also agree that Wilbur is a standout literary character, even if he is a pig. I can't tell you how many times I have read the book and watched the movie (the original one) and cried my eyes out. I just finished reading the book to my kids a few months ago and when I got to the part where Wilbur learns that Charlotte is going to die, I had to pause and walk away, so they didn't know I was tearing up.
And like Maureen and Tracy, I too LOVE Bridget Jones. I have read a lot of books, but I have never laughed as hard as I did when I read Bridget Jones' Diary. It was hilarious to read about a literary character that mirrored so many of my own issues and concerns. If you haven't read this book yet, go out and get it. It will be worth the money.
In addition to all these fabulous characters I also have a fondness for: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Christie Huddleson, Scout, Boo Radley, Hugo Cabret, Peter Pan, and Robert Jordan, as well as a bunch more I will think of once I've finished this post.