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Favorite character

Discussion in ''Salem's Lot' started by César Hernández-Meraz, May 19, 2015.

  1. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    I finished reading 'Salem's Lot last week and loved it. I have loved all of the SK books I have read, but this time I felt the book was over too quickly, without me realizing how long I had been reading. The typefont is not significantly bigger than in other books, so I suppose it is just that the story caught me completely.

    And now I want to discuss about the characters. Mainly, who is your favorite one?

    It must be difficult to choose one, if people liked them all as I did. But two were at the top for me:

    Mark (who I think will be the favorite of many others), for being so focused and analytical, not only when fighting against vampires, but also when disciplining bullies and when dealing with his parents' opinions.

    And Jimmy, for being the character that is full of light in this book (just like Tommy Ross from Carrie or Jack Cantori from Duma Key). I love this type of characters, who are willing to do things for other people. I also loved how he kept his boyish looks and, there is no point in denying it, I also loved the freckles and the red hair.

    A very close one is Father Callahan. I liked how his decaying faith was more due to wanting to do more, rather than the opposite. It was sad to discover that his faith was truly big, except, of course, when he did not believe in himself. It helps that I am a Catholic, too. I cannot wait to see him in The Dark Tower.

    Now, who are your favorites? Even the regular townspeople count.
  2. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome - it has been so long since I read this one. I just went to my library web site to reserve a copy. I don't even have the pocket book in my collection!

    I will have to get back to you on which character is my favourite

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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...The Flawed Father...for many reasons, but one special one for sure-which you will discover when you make your journey to the Dark Tower....
  4. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

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  5. Mr.Ace

    Mr.Ace Well-Known Member

    Mark and Barlow these are two irreconcilable enemies. Mark for the same reasons as César Hernández-Meraz and.
    And Barlow for his mind and
    insight, he's very smart.
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  6. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    You are all making me desperate to finally read The Dark Tower!

    I loved Barlow's letter to the heroes. But then I loved Matt's analysis when he realizes Barlow is not as confident as he tries to look.
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  7. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I really liked Father too. It was great to see him again after all those years.
    It took me years to finally read the DT series, Cesar. I don't know why. Try not to get put-off by the first book, alot of people had trouble getting thru it - including myself. Then again, many loved it.

    But after that - hold on!

    Last edited: May 21, 2015
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  8. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    Is it a case of it being "slow"?

    I have seen people dislike "slow" books or movies, but I actually like them and think they can be better than others that unrealistically show action all the time. One of my favorite movies since I was a kid is "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", and another favorite is "2001". Both have a lot of people dislike them, but I love them so much.

    So, if that is the case here, I think there should be no problem at all.
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  9. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    My fave was always Mark. And i'm judging from this book only.
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  10. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    Book-Mark (heheheh) is easy to like.

    I just watched the 2004 series, and I think that (while not a bad adaptation) a product of fusing different stories into the characters featured in it is that some were made a little more "unlikeable".

    Is that Mark standing up against abuse when he antagonizes Charlie? Or is it simply that he is a rebel without a cause? Charlie may be a bit extreme, but I do not see what he does as completely bad. If other people did their job better, he could relax the discipline in his bus a little, perhaps, but someone has to teach manners to those kids. Jimmy was also made less "perfect".

    I still have not fully realized who my favorites would be from the TV series, but they may end up being different from my favorites from the book. Perhaps Matt, although I imagined book-Matt as being older.
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  11. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the 1979 TV movie?
  12. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    No, sadly.

    I tried to buy it (at the same time I bought the new one), but it was sold out. I may try Amazon at a later date to get it.
  13. Aericanwizard

    Aericanwizard Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Father Callahan; he really is a tragic character.
    He seeks evidence of God's presence in the world, only to finally be outright rejected by God for his lack of faith.

    On re-reads, I like Matt more and more.
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  14. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    About Father Callahan, it is awesome to see
    how much faith he actually has; he remains firm in his beliefs even when he sees all the bad things in the world. I loved the physical manifestation of his faith when they broke into Marsten House. But one moment of hesitation is all it takes when faced against a high-rank vampire...

    And about Matt, even though he mostly keeps to himself, he is well respected by a lot of people. It says a lot about his good character.
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  15. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Matt and Mark are my favorites.

    On Father Callahan:
    I don't see what happens as a rejection by God at all. He just had weak faith--that was on him, not God.
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  16. Aericanwizard

    Aericanwizard Well-Known Member

    Regarding a previous post of mine:
    I was thinking more of when he tries to enter the church than the events at the Petrie house. That seemed like a rejection to me.
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  17. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Ah! Gotcha :) Yep, it made sense because
    he was unclean. He drank the vampire's blood--he was marked by evil. Illustrated that Father Callahan thought he was tougher than he actually was; when the going got tough, he failed both times and took the easier path.
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  18. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I like the Father a lot too. Ben and Mark also for that matter but those 3 are the popular choices.

    How about Dud Rogers, the hunchback cemetery minder? Talk about an interesting character. A personal fav of mine lol. I like strange characters obviously.....look no further than my screen name.
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  19. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Anybody besides me get a kick out of the school bus driver?
  20. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Get a kick isn't quite what I thought, but I did think the scene where he goes out to check the bus was one of the most frightening scenes ever in any book.
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