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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Character Connection: Adèle Geras edition

Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen @ The Introverted Reader.

This is our chance to tell the world about a character that we love in whichever way we want. More information about this meme can be found on Jen's blog

This week I have a special edition of Character Connection for you to tie in with my Adèle Geras Week.

I've decided I will spotlight a character from each of Adèle's novels that I'm featuring this week.

The Book: Troy
Character: Polyxena

Polyxena is my favourite character from Troy because she is the most loyal friend. She is honest about her frustrations, her fears and her dreams. Caring for her elderly grandfather tests her patience and yet she still does it with such dedication and maturity. When the boy she loves tells her he loves her best friend, she does the admirable thing and passes the message to her friend. She is a realist and I love that about her too. Polyxena is definitely a role model character.

The Book: Ithaka
Character: Mydon
Mydon is a Trojan boy-going-on-man. He is rescued from the fires of war during the siege of Troy by Odysseus himself. He is so full of honour. *Sigh* Oh yes, I am quite enamoured of Mydon. He is a true gentleman. He gives his heart and isn't driven by his desires. Ah, yes. I do love Mydon. He is the equivalent of an English knight in my mind.

The Book: Dido
Character: The Goddess Artemis
Earlier this week, Adèle posted about her favourite Goddess. She chose Pallas Athene. Personally, my favourite Goddess is Artemis. She is Goddess of the Hunt, of Maidens, of Childbirth and the Moon.
In Greek myth, Artemis runs with her army of fair maidens through the forest. In Dido, Artemis protects young Elissa from harm defending her with her arrows. I hasten to add that if the day ever comes that I have a child, it will be reassuring to know that the Goddess is helping me live with the agony of labour. And although I have a phobia of things the lurk in the dark, I do not have a phobia of the moon. I love the moon. It lights the sky and feels me with awe and wonder. (Let us not forget fear when I've been reading certain apocalyptic fiction).

How cool is it that Artemis is a warrior and yet a protector of innocent young ladies? It is glacial in my book!

What do you prefer in a character? Kindess? Villainy? Humour? Heroics?


Shy said...

I'm glad that I didn't miss this great week you hosted. Just read the other couple of posts before and I've to say that I love the setting at which all these stories take place. The interesting characters that you highlighted above also caught my interest. Thanks for introducing me to this author and her works!

Daria Hlazatova said...

I do love Artemis, too! Although it's been a while since I last read the myths, and I have to admit I haven't read any fiction based on myths, so this sounds interesting! I really love characters with the sense of humour, but i'm not sure there were any in Ancient Greece. perhaps their idea of humour was a bit different :)

IntrovertedJen said...

I'm insanely behind on my Reader, so I haven't seen any of your posts this week. :( My goal is to catch up over the weekend! You've got me curious with these descriptions. And I love that you chose Artemis as one of your characters. Character Connection now has Divine Connections!

Enbrethiliel said...


It takes a truly imaginative writer to put an original character at the centre of his retelling of a well-known myth or legend. So I can see why you must admire Adele Geras very much! =)

Greek mythology is also a huge fascination of mine, but I tend to shy away from modern retellings because if the writer is really good, his version takes the place of the "original" in my mind. Yes, irrational, I know! LOL!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. You make these sound so dreamy.

Have I told you lately I love everything you do Becky?

Sullivan McPig said...

They all sound so nice. Do they have any flaws? I like my characters to have at least a couple of flaws to make them more believable