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Favorite Character?

Now that a bunch of people have read Lost Things --

Who's your favorite character in Lost Things?

Alma
1(8.3%)
Jerry
2(16.7%)
Lewis
5(41.7%)
Mitch
4(33.3%)


And to answer in comments, why is that your favorite?

Comments

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st_aurafina
Jul. 27th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
I strenuously object to these radio buttons!
jo_graham
Jul. 27th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't want everybody to check all of them, because that won't actually tell me anything!
st_aurafina
Jul. 28th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
It's too hard to choose between Mitch and Lewis! Mitch is that character I usually identify with in ensembles - the one with all the emotions going on under the surface. But Lewis' story in this book is so beautiful. He's so true and courageous and open minded in the face of some really scary stuff. I love him to bits.

*torn*
jo_graham
Jul. 28th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
Lewis is so dear! He's brave and he's openminded and he's brave about the weird in a really good way. But yeah, Mitch too. There's something rock solid about his certainty that you play the game whether or not you win because it doesn't matter if you win or lose.
kickstand75
Jul. 27th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
I liked them all honestly......They're each characters able to be loved in their own right for different reasons, but I picked Mitch b/c he was still the most mysterious to me at the end of Lost Things. There's so much MORE about his character that is only hinted at in the book. He pulled me in. And of course, the mental picture of Ben Browder in my head didn't hurt things either. ;)
jo_graham
Jul. 27th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I love them all myself! Mitch is the most mysterious at the end of Lost Things because we don't really know what goes on with him yet -- not until Steel Blues. And I see that mental picture didn't hurt a bit! :)
aishabintjamil
Jul. 28th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Didn't have time to leave a comment before work this morning. Lewis is my favorite because he combines a number of things that resonate for me. He's a bit of an outsider, and the whole concept of magic is new and uncertain for him. The others all have the experience to take it as a given. He sees it with new eyes. Also, unless I'm misreading something, he's going to be a different kind of magician - the others are all about learned skills and ritual. He seems to be the kind of person who does it on instinct. Some people do magic. Other simply are magic. I think he's more one of those. And the fact that he ends up as a priest, serving a goddess he only half believes in, speaks to me too.
jo_graham
Jul. 28th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
He is a different kind of magician. Much more instinctive, as you say, and an entirely different mix of skills. And part of it is temperament. Diana chooses Lewis. It has to be Lewis at the end in the grove because he's the only one who can do it. If Mitch had come to the end in the grove he wouldn't have killed.
sirutka
Jul. 28th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I’m fond of Jerry. He’s a scholar first and foremost, which is almost always a good thing in my mind. He’s also very good at what he does, but he really needs someone to keep him grounded, so that he actually accomplishes his goals rather then get distracted by figuring out the most optimal solution. Another thing I find fascinating about the character is that he’s a grieving widower, who, because of cultural norms, is unable to express that to anyone. When you look at his behaviour in that light, it makes his what at first reading seems like disliking the new guy ends up being how Jerry’s had the rug pulled out from under his foot numerous times, and he’s trying desperately to cling on to the times that he was loved and needed, and he doesn’t have the tools (or the social awareness to realize that he does) to move out of his past. I like character where I get to re-evaluate their actions well after I finish the book.
jo_graham
Jul. 29th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Jerry really does need someone to keep him grounded, and Gil did that. They were a very good team, the two of them and Alma.

I'm glad that it worked -- wondering at first what's going on with Jerry, Lewis concluding it's that Jerry must be secretly in love with Alma, and then the real meanings of things becoming clear when you know that Jerry is a grieving widower. The conversation between Jerry and Alma at Henry's that Lewis misunderstands -- that Jerry is lonely and Alma has found someone new, not that Jerry wants Alma. And Al understands him. She knows what hurts and why, even if there isn't much she can do about it.
cadenzamuse
Jul. 31st, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Lewis the Outsider, who has to work through things and consider things and struggle to feel at home. Lewis the military man, the Hunter, the conflicted Catholic now Diana's King. It has to be Lewis, for me.
jo_graham
Aug. 1st, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! Lewis is all those things, and one of the things I love about him is that internal struggle between the Hunter, the one who can and does and in a way loves the kill, and Lewis the basically sweet guy.
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