I snagged this from Sarah at Breaking the Binding. I had intended to post it last Tuesday, but I had an Internet outage at home, and then coming up with a list of 10 was hard!
I didn’t used to be much of a telly watcher. When I was younger, we only had the three basic channels — cable didn’t come out far enough in the country. After going away to school, I started using it as background noise, and now that we have dish at home, I watch a lot more. It’s still background noise a lot of the time. I write listening to TV instead of music. Lots of History Channel, Discovery Channel, NatGeo — that sort of thing. And, I’ll admit, I do indulge in some horrible reality TV every so often, too.
Aside from all of that, though, I’ve got some favorites. As I said, I had quite the difficult time compiling this list. Most of my favorite characters really do come from books, and a few from movies.
|01: Maura Isles, Rizzoli & Isles
Maura Isles has shown up on this blog before, and will show up again in the future. This is the one case I can think of where I prefer the TV version of something over the book version. I’ve read the Rizzoli and Isles books, and while Tess Gerritsen’s Maura is cool, TV!Maura is my absolute favorite. Why? Because Maura makes being smart and geeky and socially awkward cool.
|02: Miss Parker, The Pretender
The Pretender is the very first show I can remember fangirling over. I recorded it while watching, and rewatched that week’s episode over and over again. It was the first fandom I was a part of. Miss Parker was a bad ass, sarcastic to the extreme, and carried a gun she wasn’t afraid to use. Her temper was just as bad. And despite the thorny exterior, she had a vulnerable side, and I may have written my first ever fanfics about her. >.<
|03: Azkadellia, Tin Man
I like most of SyFy’s fairy tale retellings. Tin Man is my favorite. Azkadellia is the wicked witch, ruling the OZ from a really cool looking palace. Supposedly she was turned bad from being possessed by evil spirits. I would have loved to see a lot more of Tin Man focusing on her story, rather than on DG and the gang trying to overthrow her.
|04: Lilah Morgan, Angel
It’s been a really long time since I’ve watched Angel — I should probably fix that — but I remember Lilah being one of my favorite characters on the show. I also remember liking her because she did whatever necessary to move up, and wasn’t afraid to be evil or a bitch.
|05: Bo, Lost Girl
I haven’t finished watching the second season of Lost Girl, so no spoilers, please, if you share my love for Bo. Bo is every urban fantasy, paranormal romance heroine come to life. Yet another kick ass character for my list.
|06: The Morrigan, Lost Girl
Again, I haven’t finished watching the second season of Lost Girl, but I don’t think my liking the Morrigan will change. Leanan sídhe are one of my favorite types of sidhe, and they’re something I would like to play with someday. The Morrigan represents humans in the artistic world, making them successful while thriving off their talents.
|07: Number Six, Battlestar Galactica
Now we come to the BSG portion of the list. No surprise here that one of the bad girls of the series, Number Six, is one of my favorites. She’s the most interesting Cylon model, to me, with all the different incarnations and personalities.
|08: Helena Cain, Battlestar Galactica
I wish we’d seen more of Helena Cain. A female Rear Admiral, super ruthless, and more than a bit crazy? Yep. Sounds like someone I like. I wish more had been shown of the relationship between her and Gina Inviere, because I couldn’t believe Helena would sentence her lover to such a horrible fate.
And I give up. I cannot think of two more, despite wracking my brain for a week. I’m probably overlooking someone super obvious. Clearly, I need to actually watch shows that are in my Netflix queue, rather than just adding more and more shows.
There’s a definite trend in my favorites — I tend to like the villains. I always like to figure out their backstory, even if I’m just imagining it, because they’re usually more interesting than the good guys. I’d love a book where the bad guy wins.
Some other interesting things I learned while making this list:
01: The writers/production team/directors of The Pretender wrote Tin Man! No wonder I liked it so much.
02: I forgot that I did a huge communications project on Battlestar Galactica. There’s another show that I need to do a rewatch of.