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The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend

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Some of the most influential and interesting people in the world are fictional. Sherlock Holmes, Huck Finn, Pinocchio, Anna Karenina, Genji, and Superman, to name a few, may not have walked the Earth (or flown, in Superman's case), but they certainly stride through our lives. They influence us personally: as childhood friends, catalysts to our dreams, or even fantasy lover ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by iUniverse (first published October 1st 1997)
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Emma
Fascinating presentation of the 100 most influential characters in world literature and legend. A must for all serious readers.
VERDICT: Smart presentation and ranking of literary characters, across countries and times. If you believe in diversity in literature and consider yourself a lover of books, you absolutely need to have this reference volume on your shelf.
my full review is here:
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Lucy Pollard-Gott
Aug 25, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Nancy
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some fictional characters step out of the pages to become cultural icons that influence more than one reader at at time.

Lucy Pollard-Gott was inspired to identify the top 100 fictional characters based on their impact on history, the arts, their longevity, and intergenerational appeal. Each character is presented with an epigraph in their own words, a synopsis of the story, an analysis of the character, and a history of their reinterpretation over time in the media and the arts.

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Reader, I Read It
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
If naming one of your favourite characters isn't hard enough, choosing and ranking 100 characters that have influenced the world is definitely a challenge. Luckily there was one writer willing to take that challenge on. The Fictional 100, Ranking the most influential characters in world literature and legend by Lucy Pollard-Gott dedicates a chapter per character per exploring the reasons behind their hold over our imagination.

As Pollard-Gott highlights, the impact characters and stories have on
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Catherine Dong
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This made me realize how many non-western books I should be reading!

The college student taking a course on world literature should find this invaluable at providing context and ideas that could help raise the grades of the overwhelmed studens.

But this book should also be entertaining and useful to the individual already familiar with many of these books, providing an opportunity to remember what you loved about them, and suggesting new books you'll want to explore.
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Lucy Pollard-Gott, PhD, is an author, psychologist, and critic whose research has centered on the psychology of the arts. She has published articles about the structure of fairy tales, what happens with repeated listening to music, the social psychology of our interactions with fictional characters, and her discovery of fractals in the poetry of Wallace Stevens. She likes to tinker with her websit ...more