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Who Helped To Shape You?

Back in 2002, NPR did a report on the 100 Best Fictional Characters of the 20th century. The commentator opens the dialogue with the notion that someone in fiction helped to shape you into who you are today.

Here are NPR's top 10 from 2002…
1 – Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
2 – Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, 1951
3 – Humbert Humbert, Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
4 – Leopold Bloom, Ulysses, James Joyce, 1922
5 – Rabbit Angstrom, Rabbit, Run, John Updike, 1960
6 – Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902
7 – Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960
8 – Molly Bloom, Ulysses, James Joyce, 1922
9 – Stephen Dedalus, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, 1916
10 – Lily Bart, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, 1905

Who in fiction helped shape how you think?  Fyi…Holden McCauley fits my clay mold.

-Amy Bowllan


  1. I seriously fear for the sanity of anyone who feels they were significantly changed by Humbert Humbert.