Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Were Portrayed Well on the Screen

I really struggled with the fill in the blank for “Top Ten Characters Who X” – this weeks theme.  There are so many different things I could have inserted – Top Ten Characters Who Lived in Places I Want to Live, Top Ten Characters who made me want to be a boy, you know.. those are just two I came up with right away.  But after some thought, I really think that my chosen theme is one that will speak to all ages of books.

1. Megan Follows as Anne

Really, Megan Follows is iconic in her role as Anne with an E.  When I heard rumors recently about a re-do of the show it immediately had me up in arms.  The made for TV movie is a classic and although I first met Anne in a book, there was no better face that could have been paired with her.

2. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

Really, do I need to say anything here about this one?  There’s no better actor to portray Mr. Darcy then the perfectly handsome, incredibly sexy Mr. Firth.

3.  Eddie Redmayne as Angel Clare

Have you seen this BBC series?  Seriously, it made me weep for days.  Tess of the d’Ubervilles is not one of my more favorite stories, but it’s such a tragic one and the beauty of this series is undeniable.  And Eddie Redmayne – oh how I love your freckled face (and I adored him in Les Mis too, folks).

4. Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale

I did enjoy North and South as a book, but it wasn’t until I saw Daniela Denby-Ashe’s stunning performance opposite Richard Armitage that the story really came to life for me.  She is stunning in this mini-series and I immediately fell in love with her portrayal of the strong Miss Hale.   This scene also.. man, the tears.

5. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Lawrence was an unknown to me.  I’ve since come to admire her as a person, but the first place she won me over was as Katniss.  This was another example of the face and mannerisms perfectly fitting what I had imagined while reading the book.

6. Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel

I’m going to say right now that The Life of Pi, as a book, really didn’t captivate me.  I enjoyed it, but the movie… the movie just blew me away.  It is, by far, one of the most visually stunning things I’ve ever seen.  And the other thing that blew me away was Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel.  You know it’s something special when the most gorgeous movie ever does not drown out the fantastic intensity of the actor who is surrounded by it.

7. Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby

The movie was a bit too artsy for me, but there’s no denying that when casting a modern actor as Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio is the absolute perfect choice.

8. Mia Wosikowska as Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is such a hard role to cast.  It’s drummed into the reader of the book just how plain she is, so how can that translate to the big screen?  I think the casting of Woskowska was beyond brilliant – she has such a unique look to her and really played the part so well.

9. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

How could I not include a character from my absolute favorite show right now?  Peter Dinklage was the perfect choice for Tyrion – except he is a bit too handsome I think for the role, but man.. the man is brilliant and really makes the show.

10.  Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn

Really, nearly everyone in The Lord of the Rings trilogy was cast well, but Strider/Aragorn really took on life as portrayed by Mortensen.  Plus, he is so freaking handsome.

Who are some of your favorite characters to be portrayed on the silver screen?

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