The best part of fiction (in my humble opinion): Characters
In the world of literature everyone studying it has their area of particular interest. Some focus on poetry or drama, but for me my particular area is fiction (more specifically novels and short stories). The best part of fiction is the characters. You can have a great story and wonderful writing, but without compelling characters your story will not live up to its full potential. My favorite books and stories all have amazing characters in them. Your favorite characters become familiar and sort of like friends to you (not in a crazy losing a grip on reality way). If you are having a bad day all that you have to do is open your favorite book and you are instantly surrounded by the familiar places and people you have come to know in the story. Here is a little about my absolute favorite fictional character.
-Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings): The Hobbit is my favorite book and part of why I love it is the character of Bilbo. He loves his home and is very reluctant to take a leap and go on an adventure with a bunch of crazy people. But once he does he learns things about himself and finds himself being capable of doing things he never thought he could do. I have to give a shout out to the movie and Martin Freeman's portrayal of the character; absolutely perfect! I was well pleased with how he was able to make the character afraid and hilarious to watch while showing his inner strength and courage and his loyalty. One of the scenes that stuck out to me in the movie, which was a great addition, was after the dwarves and Bilbo escape from the goblins and Bilbo says that he loves his home, but he realizes that the dwarves don't have a home so he wants to help them get it back. It is beautiful how he comes to realize that something he loves so dear, his home, has been taken for granted and he uses this as motivation to help others.
Since this post is starting to get long and I am most likely losing everyone's attention I will continue writing about more fictional characters near and dear to my heart at a later time. Until then, pick up your favorite book and say hi to your fictional friends!