Winners, and winning characters!

May 10, 2010 § 9 Comments

The book giveaway winners, according to the draw done at, are:

Charity wins POSSESSION by Byatt
Arti wins Peter Mayle’s HOTEL PASTIS
and, (drum roll) a third winner because I just had to add a surprise bonus  book since several professed love of France…
Debnance, who wins MY LIFE IN FRANCE by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme!!!

(I’ve notifed each of you via email or your blog’s most recent entry to email me your address and I will get the books out this weekend.
Bravo to ALL who entered for your enduring love of books and your fearlessness in naming a character you wouldn’t mind playing for a day…or more?!!!

And here are the characters you named and of course the mention of some of them will send you flying to the library’s bookshelves, or your own, to re-read OR to discover just who they are!

EVERYONE GETS KUDOS (can we live on kudos? ok, yeah, a little bit, ’til ’til I can come up with some more books or other cool things.)  Because your answers to the question ‘what book character would you be for a day if you could?’ were smart, witty, eclectic and just plain cool for so many reasons.  

And here’s the heroine list derived from the commentors…

Elizabeth Bennett
, our sassy smart heroine of Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE took top billing (mentioned by 3 commenters) as most likely to be chosen as “character I’d be for a day”) and as Charity asks, “would there be enough Mr Darcys to go around?” Yes, oh, surely, yes!

Norah Ephron
of screenplay and I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK fame  – She can write everything from smart essays to snappy screenplays to stuff about NYC.

from Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series – a kickbut resilient character who is smart enough to take along some penicillin when she time travels.

Sookie Stackhouse
from the Harris’s DEAD series – !!!! Geez, Sookie, pick a vampire, will ya’?

Scarlet O’Hara of GONE WITH THE WIND (need we explain the feisty dark-haired born-to-Tara heroine?)

Scout Finch from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Fess up; you thought about mentioning this one)

Ann Shirley of  ANN OF GREEN GABLES (an orphan sent to a couple expecting a boy, but they keep her and oh, the stories that ensue and make us fall in love with Prince Edward Island, too)

Tuppence (Prudence Cowley) of  Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence who appeared in several of her novels, including her first, THE SECRET ADVERSARY, in 1922. They begin as blackmailers and find it more fun to be detectives. Watch for them (and they age in real time in Christie’s books.)

Phyrne Fisher of the  1920sAustralia detective series by Kerry Greenwood (I told you there would be some books you would want to look into!)

Leslie Frost of FROST THE FIDDLER (a Bond-esque character. Chick lit? Um, not exactly.  With zip, dash, death and drama!)

Any of Margaret Atwood’s characters (Atwood would choose, says Madeleine!)

Zoya from Danielle Steele’s ZOYA  (a resilient Russian countess. Yes, you’ll love the ending.)

Sheila from the SECRET OF THE UNICORN QUEEN series  (magic! parallel universe!)

Dagny Taggart in ATLAS SHRUGGED (a strong protagonist in a dystopian US, she will win her man)

and now, I’m going to scull around my bookshelves and treasure drawers for the next giveaway…in May.


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§ 9 Responses to Winners, and winning characters!

  • shoreacres says:

    What a fun list of heroines! I didn’t know several and had forgotten one or two – nice contest!

  • oh says:

    Well, y’all are an extremely well-read bunch with some wonderful ideas and each deserves a prize. (daughter is shaking her head at me; “just have another contest,” she said. “Others can win.”)

    Yes, you are the wonderful Miss Ephron and you KNOW I’m waiting to hear of your latest project.

  • Arti says:


    This is just wonderful and thank you! I don’t remember winning anything for quite some years. But this is so interesting too… the ‘be your fave fictional heroine’ is so much fun. EB deserves to be on top of the list!

  • Ruth says:

    Yay, Elizabeth! Yay, book winners! 🙂

  • jeanie says:

    Wow — what a great list! And boy — you did your homework! Even I didn’t remember Tuppence aged in “time” till you said — and I picked her!

  • I guess I got so caught up in the excitement of the giveaway, I totally forgot to name my female heroine! Oops!! What a great list, though!! Lots of great choices!

  • Veronica says:

    I absolutely ADORE Zoya! It’s one of my favorite books of all time.

  • mandy says:

    Ha, I’m with Lisa. I was in awe of the book sale to name my favorite book character, but Anne Shirley and Scarlett O’Hara are definitely among my favorites. A part of me has always wanted to live in a quaint country home like Green Gables or fall in love with a dashing older man like Rhett Butler.

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