Iconic Book characters: Admiration, aspirations and infatuation! All time Favourites

It occurred to me lately whilst reviewing a book, how some characters can be so iconic they get stuck in your head. They can cause a wide variety of emotions such as admiration, desire or even out & out hatred! I noticed that: admire them, wannabe them or down right love them seemed to be very popular topics amongst readers.

It covers characters in all the Genres and even real people in non-fiction, after all if the autobiography/ memoir doesn’t bring the person to life……….what will? I’ve often seen popular characters mentioned from the Mr Darcy to the Christian greys of female admiration. With some novels like George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones you could debate which ones you love/hate/admire/relate to into the small hours! After all who doesn’t want to be Daenerys Targaryen aka the mother of dragons!!!

It’s not just women readers or female characters either. I noticed that novels, that are aimed at male readers (I am huge fan of this genre also!) often feature macho characters or male characters with superior intellect. The female characters of Game of Thrones are also very diverse yet they are all overtly beautiful etc. Melisandre is my husband’s favourite lol

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One thing I absolutely love about this, is you can admire people from all walks of life and throughout any era in history. When I started this blog, I immediately named it after Anne Bonny the female pirate. Due to me childhood love for Treasure island! Anyway here are some of my other favourites let me know what you think?

(and I would love to hear the favourites of other people on comments on fb, twitter or the blog itself)

Here goes, in no particular order:

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1) Ezekiel ‘easy’ Rawlins – Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series – Cool Character.

Easy Rawlins is a WW2 veteran turned private eye. The novels start in 1950’s LA. What I love about Easy is that everything about him, from his name, dialogue, attitude etc is just so cool! I think he’s one of thee most iconic characters I’ve ever read.

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2) Cersei Lannister -George RR Martin – Game of Thrones – evil genius Character

If I had to pick a favourite Game of Thrones character………surprisingly mine would be…..Cersei! I love her! I know she is mean, nasty, vicious and an all out book bitch! But I love her! I loved her in the books & I love the character played out by Lena Headey in the TV series too.

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3) Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley – Roots –

When I first read roots by Alex Haley I found it to be heart breaking reading. I couldn’t stop talking about the novel, so much so that my husband got the new version of the TV series to watch himself. Kunta Kinte is incredibly moving, in that he was a real person. Captured as a young man, forced into a harsh life of slavery. This is an incredible real of an even more incredible person. I’m not sure if iconic is the right wording but I simply feel this will be one persons life story……..I will never forget!

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4) Leo Demidov – Tom Rob Smith – Child 44 trilogy – Heart throb Character

Wow! Don’t even know where to start! Lets just say that for me personally…………..before there was Ross Poldark……….there was Leo! I’d like to be able to shrug it off as a Tom Hardy thing, but it really isn’t. I read the entire trilogy in a weekend and have only recently seen the movie! I was absolutely hooked on Leo. I was all set to pack my bags for communist Russia lol Even now, with all the books I’ve read recently………….Sadly no one has ever compared to Leo 😦

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5) Anne Bonny –

Slightly cheating, as she’s not a book character, she was a real life female pirate! Black sails the TV series loosely based around Treasure Island, has adapted her character & other real life Pirates into their series!  ‘AHAR ME HEARTIES’

Please le me know your favourites
Loves, hate, icons, memorable, factual, fiction, your Top 5!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A with Marion Kummerow

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Q&A Marion Kummerow:

Q) Please explain to the readers the true story behind the novel unrelenting?

A) Unrelenting and the two following books Unyielding and Unwavering are the fictionalized account of the true story of my grandparents Hansheinrich and Ingeborg Kummerow who fought in the German resistance against the Nazis.

When I was a child, nobody ever talked about them. You have to understand that they worked for the “wrong” side of the Allies in WW2.

During the cold war they were still considered as traitors, because of their communist/socials ideals.

Only after the German reunification, the political climate changed and they were now seen as “real” heroes who had fought to free their country from its evil government.

I wanted to give them a voice and remind the world about how hard it is to stand up and fight for what you think is the right thing.

 

Q) Do you feel there is a lack of novels about the German resistance? I know I personally haven’t read that many myself.

A) Probably yes. But I believe the world hasn’t been ready to read them until recently.
As the losing party of WW2 the Germans were the bad guys. You can see that in every Hollywood film. It took at least one generation to get enough distance to be able to see things a bit more differentiated.

 

Q) There is a real message in this novel of the dangers of fascism and the suffering it brings everyone in society. Do you feel this is something people are too easily forgetting from history?

A) People tend to forget very fast. Fascism is fun and easy in the beginning – at least to the majority of people. It’s a “we” against “them” and humans are prone to think in these categories. You can see similar things happening during any sports game.

But when a talented demagogue uses this sentiment of “belonging to a group” for his cruel purpose, then things get out of control. And people find out too late what they have themselves gotten into.

So yes, I think, we should teach history in school and remind everyone to stay alert to dangers of personal freedom and democracy.

 

Q) The book is well researched and in-depth. What is something you came across during the research process that surprised/shocked you?

A) We had learned about the Holocaust in school, and most people tend to believe this started during the war.

But when doing my research I was surprised to find out, that Jews had been discriminated even before Hitler’s rise to power. And basically in his first year as chancellor in 1933 he made it pretty clear where he was headed – but nobody believed him. Not even the persecuted Jews.

In Unrelenting, Q’s friend Jakob is one of those person who didn’t think he should emigrate, because things “would pass”. They didn’t.

Jakob by the way is a real person, but I couldn’t find out what happened to him after 1936, so everything about him after book 1 is invented.

 

Q) I personally think this would be a fantastic novel for teenagers to debate in English or History class. Is that something you have considered, in the UK or Germany?

A) Blushing with pride.

This had crossed my mind, but I haven’t seriously considered it. My book is written in English and would probably be too hard to read for German school kids.

As for the UK, it would certainly be an idea I’m open to, if I can find a teacher who wants to take up that project.

 

Q) I hope I didn’t shock you with my admiration/love for Q and his beliefs. But there is definitely something about different characters & eras, that women in 2017 can find hugely appealing. I can distinctively remember; how long it took me to get over Leo Demidov from the novel Child 44.

A) First of all thanks, I can understand your admiration for Q. I do admire him myself. Unfortunately I never met my grandfather, but had to discover his personality through his letters and letters from several family members.

On the pictures of Hansheinrich I have, he looks amazingly like my father. And I could see many of his characteristics, i.e. the urge to collect everything, repeated in my father. So I’m sure, Q has many traits of my father as well J Hilde was a lot more difficult to write.

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*Thank you so much Marion for your help and agreeing to a Q&A on my blog 🙂

 

Violette Szabo theme day 6: Unrelenting by Marion Kummrow 5*

I picked this novel due to its resistance theme. The resistance played a huge part of the defeat of the Nazi’s in WW2 and I wanted to feature a novel that centred around German resistance, which can be rare in the WW2 fiction genre. Enjoy x

Unrelenting: Love and Resistance in Pre-War Germany (World War II Trilogy Book 1) by [Kummerow, Marion]

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My review:

This novel is particularly atmospheric due to it being written by a German writer and being set in pre-war Germany. I felt that the writer had a true and clear picture of the build up to ww2. This novel got me really deep in thought and in some ways has changed everything I believed about the build up to the war. It is difficult after reading this story of German resistance and the German citizens side of the story, not to see the that the Nazi ideology firstly occupied its own country! This novel breaks down German society both prior to war and once Hitler & his party got their firm grip on power. It’s educational and gripping.

At the root of the novel is a love story between Hilde & Q. I absolutely adored the character of Q and found him very captivating with his resistance beliefs. Their story is one of a budding relationship amongst the backdrop of the growing Nazi party. It deals with many themes of: German citizens living in fear, accusations, suspicion and a terrifying sense of trouble brewing! It also manages to cover the crippling effects of the reparations from ww1 and the very feeling of poverty, despair and shame within society that gave Hitler his audience. No doubt it covers the harsh reality of living under a Nazi regime and how anti-Semitism effects everyone involved and divides all citizens, even family members. Trust was a real issue and you get a real feel for the temptation to join a party whose beliefs you can’t relate to, in order to secure a better standing in society for yourself etc.

Ultimately we are left hoping that the relationship between Hilde & Q can survive, despite the restraints of the era. Although it could be labelled as the romance genre, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that the historical facts are massively on point. I am not a romance fan, but I hugely rate this novel.

This novel is incredibly well written and well researched. I also can’t wait to read the next in the series. I have a deep suspicion my book crush for Q may grow! J

Unrelenting is available on kindle Ebook store for the bargain price of £3.05.

The Blurb:

Berlin, Germany 1932. In a time of political unrest and strife, one man finds the courage to fight back…

Dr. Wilhem “Q” Quedlin, chemical engineer and inventor, lives for his science. A woman is not in his plans—nor is it to be accused of industrial espionage.

But things get worse from there.

Watching Hitler’s rise to power spurns his desire to avoid yet another war that will completely destroy his beloved country. Q makes the conscious decision to fight against what he knows is wrong, even if working against the Nazis could mean certain death for him— and anyone he loves.

Hilde Dremmer has vowed to never love again. But after encountering Q, she wants to give love a second chance.

When Q discloses his resistance plan, it’s up to Hilde to choose between her protected life without him or the constant threat of torture if she supports him in his fight against injustice.

She has witnessed enough of the Nazi government’s violent acts to be appalled by the new political power, but will this be enough for an ordinary girl to do the extraordinary and stand beside the man she loves in a time of total desolation?

This World War II spy story is based on the true events of one couple’s struggle for happiness while battling a war against their own leaders.

Q&A with the lovely author Marion to follow 🙂