Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Literature vs. genre

Recently a friend asked me to name 15 fictional characters that had influenced my life. I could only name 10 off the top of my head. In no particular order, here's what I wrote down:

"Matt Murdock, Ogami Itto, Duncan MacLeod, Philip Marlowe, Sonny Crockett, Patrick Bateman, Stephen Dedalus, Howard Roark, J. Alfred Prufrock and Hamlet."

What's interesting to me is that I listed exactly five characters from genre fiction and five from literature.


Kathryn T. S. Bass said...

I like the mix of genre and lit, but what about gender? Just curious--didn't any women come to mind?

300 Spartans Gym said...

KTSB, that's an interesting observation. I wish I had a good answer.