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Written by Ramya
(7/23/2013 10:01 a.m.)
Some literary creations fascinate us and stay with us for a long time. They may not necessarily be among our favorite characters, and may not even be likeable! But they have a remarkable staying power in our minds. Here are two of mine:
Severus Snape (Harry Potter): J.K.Rowling called Snape a "gift" of a character in one interview. I completely agree with that! Almost until the very end of the series, she kept us going back and forth on where his true loyalties lay. Spoilers--the fact that he was really on the side of "right" did not alter the fact that he was prejudiced and mean, and quite often nasty to his students. The tragedy of Snape's love for Lily was that it was not enough to stop him from succmbing to bad peer pressure in school, and yet stayed with him and motivated him until the end of his life! Dumbledore: "After all this time?" Snape: "Always." HP7
Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie): I am an unabashed fan of the little Belgian detective with his egg-shaped head, and remarkable moustaches! I am a huge fan of mysteries, and have read several different ones over the years, but re-reading a good Hercule Poirot mystery still makes me very very happy! I love his "little-grey cells", his bombastic manner, his kindness and understanding, and most of all--his "explanatory" speeches. Surprisingly, I only recently discovered David Suchet's Poirot series, and really enjoy his near-perfect take on the character.
What are some of yours, and why? (Please don't just list the names, do give your reasons).
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