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Most widely known character?

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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?

DameEdnasBridesmaid Sun 01-Dec-13 20:38:48

When I read the title of thread, the first character that came to my mind was Mr Darcy, but that a years more to do with the character I like best.

Mist widely known nowadays is prob Harry Potter.

RedPencils Fri 22-Nov-13 13:03:06

Winnie the Pooh, although widely known because of Disney

I would probably go with Harry Potter.

RudolphLovesoftplay Fri 22-Nov-13 13:00:58

How about Scrooge? Alice from Alice in wonderland? Any character that's been Disney'd smile

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.

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?

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

Romeo and Juliet.

After Harry and Voldie.

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

Scrooge, I'd say.

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


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

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

Jesus <runs>

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

Robin Hood is a good one.

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

or the watership down bunnies

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

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

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

Ah good point. Can I raise Robin Hood again?

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

Cinderella isn't an English character though, Stealth.

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

Bridget Jones grin

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

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

Harry Potter, perhaps.

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

Frodo or Bilbo Baggins

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

More than Cinderella, really?

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

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

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

James Bond?

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


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

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

Harry Potter?

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

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

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