Advanced search

Most widely known character?

(28 Posts)
MsAmerica Wed 13-Nov-13 23:37:38

I was just reading some Sherlock Holmes, and in an introduction, it was said that the New York Times lauded Holmes as "the most widely known character in English fiction since Pickwick." No date on that, unfortunately. Don't even know if it meant fiction by an English author or fiction in the English language. But it surprised me. Pickwick?

What would you say would be the most widely known character? If it had been the time of Arthur Conan Doyle's death in 1930, I might have guessed David Copperfield. These days, I would have to say, sadly, Harry Potter. What do you think?

OP’s posts: |
riskit4abiskit Wed 13-Nov-13 23:57:02

Mr darcy
willy wonka

I guess it would change with every generation?

Louise1956 Thu 14-Nov-13 14:47:28

I would guess it is still Sherlock Holmes. there can't be many people who don't know who he is.

StealthPolarBear Thu 14-Nov-13 14:49:25

Robin Hood
Or a fairy tale character - cinderella, little red riding hood

couch25cakes Thu 14-Nov-13 20:55:25

Harry Potter?

WereTricksPotter Thu 14-Nov-13 20:58:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsHowardRoark Thu 14-Nov-13 21:10:05


Smartiepants79 Thu 14-Nov-13 21:24:47

James Bond?

OverAndAbove Mon 18-Nov-13 17:41:54

I was going to say Mr Darcy, but looking at the above, surely Harry Potter?!

StealthPolarBear Mon 18-Nov-13 17:56:58

More than Cinderella, really?

ZacharyQuack Tue 19-Nov-13 10:44:35

Frodo or Bilbo Baggins

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Thu 21-Nov-13 22:05:38

The Hobbit? (Although I personally do not like Tolkien's books).

Harry Potter, perhaps.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Thu 21-Nov-13 22:09:15

Bridget Jones grin

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 21-Nov-13 22:16:10

Cinderella isn't an English character though, Stealth.

StealthPolarBear Thu 21-Nov-13 22:40:46

Ah good point. Can I raise Robin Hood again?

StealthPolarBear Thu 21-Nov-13 22:41:12

or Santa. He's from Hull, didn't you know?

StealthPolarBear Thu 21-Nov-13 22:41:27

or the watership down bunnies

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 21-Nov-13 22:52:00

Robin Hood is a good one.

ZacharyQuack Fri 22-Nov-13 05:28:33

Jesus <runs>

DuchessofMalfi Fri 22-Nov-13 05:37:08

Scarlett O'Hara/Rhett Butler? That's two but they are well known as a couple grin

ElleBellyBeeblebrox Fri 22-Nov-13 05:51:51


MorgauseIsNotBlinking Fri 22-Nov-13 06:18:05

Scrooge, I'd say.

DrankSangriaInThePark Fri 22-Nov-13 06:19:49

Romeo and Juliet.

After Harry and Voldie.

Arabesque1 Fri 22-Nov-13 12:52:28

Scarlett O Hara/Rhett Butler are from American fiction.

Romeo and Juliet is a good suggestion.

How about Alice in Wonderland?

AnneEyhtMeyerInSilver Fri 22-Nov-13 12:57:36

Romeo & Juliet were originally in an Italian folk tale, weren't they?

Jesus is not an English invention.

Join the discussion

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Join Mumsnet

Already have a Mumsnet account? Log in