I’m going to pick two. The first, more serious, is Villanelle in The Passion. She’s a very spirited character and it seems that Venice in the novel is an extension of her character, the setting blurs so well with her back story. It’s interesting then that she continues to engage as a character away from this environment in later parts of the novel and I think the deepest exploration of sexual passion comes from her character, where as Henri’s character focuses on religious or devotional passion. It’s interesting to see how conflict in the novel around them mounts when these two types of passion unite.
My other favourite (and LOTR devotees may hate this) is Kreacher in the Harry Potter series. Yes I know he’s a bit of a Smeagol rip off, but I really do find him hilarious and cry laughing when I read about him. He’s the funniest part of the books for me, because I think that tragic characters can be funny.
Here’s a favourite episode in the book for me. I love the Weasley twins too but they can take it.
“Hello, Kreacher,” said Fred very loudly, closing the door with a snap.
The house-elf froze in his tracks, stopped muttering, and then gave a very pronounced and very unconvincing start of surprise.
“Kreacher did not see Young Master,” he said, turning around and bowing to Fred. Still facing the carpet, he added, perfectly audibly, “Nasty little brat of a blood traitor it is.”
“Sorry?” said George. “Didn’t catch that last bit.”
“Kreacher said nothing,” said the elf, with a second bow to George, adding in a clear undertone, “and there’s its twin, unnatural little beasts they are.”
Harry didn’t know whether to laugh or not.
I laughed. I cried laughing.