So this is my first of this new feature where I make a list of books (with photos. of course) based on a particular theme. The themes will range from very broad to very specific depending on where my little heart takes me. It could be a wild ride (probably not though. reading lists of books is actually a rather sedate activity now isnt it?). The books may also be either books I’ve read, am currently reading, or books on my TBR. I may also take requests for list themes. We’ll see.
We all love fictional animals, often more than the people in the story. But they often go the way of Old Yeller (also a fictional animal, thus demonstrating my point). I don’t know for certain why this is, but I’m working with the theory that authors are just plain evil. Although many of the animals on this list do make it through the book/series alive and unmaimed, I’m sorry if this brings up any painful memories for anyone.
1. Manchee from The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness.
Manchee is quite an interesting little beast for the main reason that we, the reader, can hear (read) his thoughts, and it is wonderful, even if most of them are “poo, todd? Poo.” This adorable little dog is so brave and loyal and my love for him knows no bounds.
2. Angharrad and Acorn from The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
These are some awesome horses. Awesome, Awesome horses that are willing to work themselves to the bone for their masters. Acorn is super awesome for refusing to be called ‘Deadfall’ by Davy and insisting on being called Acorn.
Molly is not your usual dog. Her spectrum of perception and awareness is somewhat wider than your average dogs’, even wider than your average humans’. Molly is unfailingly loyal to her Meatsmell (owner, Dave), and somewhat feels responsible for his safety (which we find out in This Book is Full of Spiders, as some chapters are written from Molly’s perspective, and done so incredibly well.) I love you Molly, you are the best of us all.
4. The bunnies from Watership Down by Richard Adams
So I have a bit of a confession. I have actually been halfway through this book for a long time. Something happened… and I don’t know how it turned out, and I just don’t have the courage to find out whether or not the bad thing went really bad. I am really emotionally invested in these bunnies, guys.
5. Tokyo from The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
6. Hedwig from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
SPOILERS TO ANYONE OUT THERE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN IN A TRAGIC BOATING ACCIDENT AND DEVELOPED AMNESIA AND HAVE FORGOTTEN THE HARRY POTTER SERIES. This wonderful little Snowy Owl purchased for Harry by Hagrid before starting first year is a constant companion for Harry every time he feels alone and isolated. Her death rocked us all and she will never be forgotten.
7. Buck from The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
Buck, was a beloved Saint-Bernard living a happy life until he was stolen and sold as a dog-sled slave dog where he is beaten and starved until he rescued by John Thornton… and then they lived happily ever after and nothing bad ever happened to either of them. THE END. MOVE ALONG.
8. Ripley from Hollowland by Amanda Hocking.
Ripley, the ex-circus/casino lioness, is saved after Remy takes pity on her, and risks life and limb to unchain her. Ripley then returns the favour by becoming a bad-ass zombie-killing lioness. I am fully aware how ridiculous this sounds, but trust me, it’s awesome.
9. Moggett from Sabriel
Who doesn’t love an incredibly helpful and knowledgeable magical, talking, fluffy kitty? Especially when that kitty is just a bit smarmy?
10. Iorek Byrnison from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
This disgraced, alcoholic polar bear befriends Lyra Belacqua when she helps him reclaim his stolen armour and at the same time, his confidence in himself, and his kingdom. And she finds that having a loyal polar bear who loves you can be quite handy in a pinch.
Those of you little fluffy creatures still alive, you are awesome. Those of you who are no longer with us, YOUR DEATHS BROKE ME AS A PERSON. I WILL NEVER BE OVER YOU.
So those are some of my favourite fictional animals. There are so many that I haven’t listed here. What are yours?