Margaret’s Sunday Quickie: Tiffany!

Favorite character from books I’ve read recently (not counting re-reads)?  Um.  As Rachel says above, this is something very subject to change depending on the day, the phase of the moon, what I had for lunch today…yeah.  Heck, some of this varies because I’m only now catching up on certain books; I hadn’t ever read the Vorkosigan series until a couple of years ago, and now I want to build a shrine to Cordelia.  

However, I’m going to go with Tiffany Aching, from Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith.  Tiffany’s just starting out as a witch and has to deal with stolen (borrowed!) sheep, missing baron’s sons, small blue drunken fighting pictsies, and incursions from Fairyland — but to sum it up like that ignores so much of the elements that make the books wonderful.   She’s clear-eyed, intelligent, strong-willed — and stubborn, very sure of her own intelligence, and capable of making huge mistakes.  And she’s growing up, through the course of the books.  I love reading about her, wincing when I recognize some part of my history in hers (using big words despite not knowing how to pronounce them? check) and cheering for her as she learns the hardest parts — not of magic, which is comparatively easy, but of living in the world and caring for it.  

(It probably says something about me that one of my all-time favorite characters is Granny Weatherwax.)

4 Responses to “Margaret’s Sunday Quickie: Tiffany!”

  1. 1 Terri-Lynne
    April 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Granny and Rincewind are two of my all-time favorite characters. Rincewind takes every convention of the word ‘hero’ and bends it into a nice pretzle…then tosses it on the ground and stomps on it. Hmmm…pretzles….

  2. 2 Terri-Lynne
    April 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Oh…and DEATH. How can one NOT love a man who likes cats? 🙂

  3. April 26, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I’m just now halfway through Wee Free Men and was already planning to pick Tiffany for my post before I saw yours. I knew about A Hat Full of Sky, but I didn’t know Wintersmith was another Tiffany book. Yay!

  4. 4 mlronald
    April 27, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Rincewind amuses me, but I don’t connect with him nearly as much. Not sure why. And DEATH, well, DEATH is DEATH.

    Wintersmith is fantastic. Hope you like it!

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