Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Becky

Day 2 of Blogging A-Z and I'm continuing my theme on favorite characters.

And for B:

Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair by William Thackeray.


When I first read Vanity Fair in my early twenties I was on a mission to read as many classics as I could and wasn't expecting to fall in love with this story. I was hooked. Now, I know Beck Sharp is not exactly one of those characters we're supposed to admire --she was not exactly sympathetic at times. But I found her to be smart and misunderstood.

I really found myself rooting for her and hoping she'd get her life figured out. And she was a fun girl to journey through the story with. She's a perfect example of how writers don't have to create "nice" protagonists for readers to connect and enjoy reading about. Matter of fact, the more conflicted, yet determined, the better!

Thanks for stopping by! I love making new friends! Do you have a fave character that starts with a B? Or just someone you'd like to mention? Please share ....

38 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I have a feeling I am going to learn a lot from your posts through this challenge!

Brinda said...

Very nice post! My son's middle name is taken from Vanity Fair. It's Rawdon.

Emily White said...

Sadly, I couldn't finish this book. I'll go back to it eventually, but I couldn't get behind hardly any of the characters and the ones I did, well, everything bad that could happen, did. I know this was the point of the book, but it just made me too sad to read it.

Susan Roebuck said...

She was such a feisty girl for her time! A lovely character to choose today.

SA Larsenッ said...

Great choice of character to represent the letter B.

Old Kitty said...

Noooooooooo!! LOL! Oh I am so sorry PK but I wanted to kill Becky Sharp pronto! LOL! Not for me but I did enjoy reading Vanity Fair!

My favourite B characters? Erm... Bella and and the Beast! Yay! Take care
x

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Well I never quite took to Becky but I've been re-reading Lord of the Flies with a student and my heart is going out to poor old Fatty yet again.

Denise

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Ha ha, my B post is for a Becky too.

Jess said...

YES! I love this character for the same reasons. I rooted for her, but was also frustrated with her decisions at times--perfect evidence that I was totally involved in the story :)

PS~ was that your question that Mary Kole addressed on her blog today? I don't know too many other PKs :)

Jess said...

YES! I love this character for the same reasons. I rooted for her, but was also frustrated with her decisions at times--perfect evidence that I was totally involved in the story :)

PS~ was that your question that Mary Kole addressed on her blog today? I don't know too many other PKs :)

M.J. Fifield said...

I've never read the book but I did enjoy the Reese Witherspoon film version.

michelle said...

My fave B character from literature? Bathsheba Everdene - "Far From The Madding Crowd". I don't know how on earth she managed to handle 3 suitors...

Annalisa Crawford said...

I've never read that book. I might give it a go.

Mark K said...

I don't wish to upset anyone, but I don't know who the actress is, but it is a lovely photo, nonetheless :) But then, I'm a sucker for a beautiful actress... oh, how shallow am I!? ;)

Cortney Pearson said...

I've never read the book, but I did enjoy the movie, and I love Reese Witherspoon!! :D

S. L. Hennessy said...

I LOVE Vanity Fair. It's an unappreciated classic. And Becky is a terrific character. Awesome post AND challenge theme! Happy A-Z blogging!

Donna K. Weaver said...

This is one I haven't read yet. Maybe someday--if I live long enough to get through my existing to-read list!

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Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

I enjoyed the book. Loved her character - how feisty and sassy was Becky? Frustrating as heck, you bet, but I still rooted for her!

Happy Monday!
Jaycee's A-Z

Margo Kelly said...

I have not read that book. ?? Hmm. Thanks for a great post, and I hope your week is wonderful!

nutschell said...

Now I'm curious. Maybe I'll pick up a copy of Vanity Fair.
Great A-Z post!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Rachel Morgan said...

I enjoyed the movie VANITY FAIR, mainly for the beautiful clothes!

Hmm... a favorite B character... Ooh, Beatrice (Triss) from DIVERGENT!

cleemckenzie said...

Interesting that since you ask about characters I like with names starting with B, I can't think of a single one! Must be this A to Z Challenge! I liked your choice of characters, however.

kmckendry said...

I don't know Becky but she sounds interesting. My favorite B characters are Beatrice and Benedict Shakespeare's from Much Ado About Nothing.

Susan Oloier said...

I've read many classics, but not this one. I'm going to have to put it on the list.

Jay Noel said...

You know, I'm not sure if Thackeray intended Becky Sharp to be so popular, as she was sort of villainous. But I think it's the fact that she survived on her wits, and was sort of the window to the douchiness of the upper class, many readers love her.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Favorite B character? Byron of course! (Only because I can't think of any others at the moment...)

Marta Szemik said...

I don't know Becky, but my favorite B character is Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit.

Sarah Pearson said...

I've never got round to reading this. Must rectify that :-)

Alleged Author said...

Ooooh! I love your idea of using fictional characters. VF really was a great novel and the movie was pretty good.

Susan Kane said...

I need to re-read that book; it has been too many years. A protagonist with a streak of sin is always fun.

DL Hammons said...

Never read it. :(

Jeremy Bates said...

Doh! I don't don't know the story, but I will check out your C character tomorrow. Pinky promise.

My favorite character that begins with B would probably have to be Bligh, as in Captain Bligh from 'Mutiny on the Bounty.'

fOIS In The City said...

Great choice, PK. My B character would have to be Bilbo Baggins.

Savannah Chase said...

I've never seen the movie or read the book...

Stacy S. Jensen said...

So many fresh introductions in this A to Z challenge. I love all the themes.

William Kendall said...

I've never read the book.

I would have to go with a Lord of the Rings choice... Boromir of Gondor.

Leslie Rose said...

Cool theme. I'm doing the A to Z as well. I love Benedict and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing. Greatest scrappy pair ever.

Donna Yates said...

I have never read Vanity Fair. Guess I'll have to do so some day soon.