It's made me think of my other favorite characters -- and when it comes down to it, I really only have a few: Harry Potter, Anne Shirley, Ender, Daine, Meg Murray. These characters are real to me, they are friends. Sometimes I think a group of characters, a style of characterization perhaps, can also become friends. I'm thinking of Mary Stewarts heroines here -- not one in particular, but that rush of excitement and energy I get when I read all of them together (which is, of course, how I tend to read my favorite authors).
I think one of the greatest things someday would be to hear that someone, somewhere, listed one of my characters in such a list. Honestly, I'm not sure it will happen -- I don't know if I have that gift for creating memorable characters. If I really push myself, if I continue to grow and work, then perhaps I might join the style of characterization camp. Perhaps.
How about you? Who are your favorite characters?