The Independent and Book Magazine each published its own top 100 list of prominent literary characters, and The Atlantic published a top 10 that includes the real-life inspirations for the selected characters.
The Independent's top 100 list, published in 2005, features a selection by well-known and accomplished British authors. The list is not in any particular order based on popularity or recognition and includes Josef K., the narrator of Franz Kafka's "The Trial" and Humbert Humbert, the narrator of Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita."
Book Magazine titled their list "The Best 100 Characters in Fiction Since 1900." Entries on this list include Clarissa Dalloway, protagonist of Virginia Woolf's novel "Mrs. Dalloway," and both Molly and Leopold Bloom, from James Joyce's groundbreaking 1922 work, "Ulysses." Both top 100 lists also include beloved children's book characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Cat in the Hat.
The Atlantic's list of 10 famous literary characters and their real life inspirations features accompanying photographs and gives a peek into the authors' lives and interpersonal relationships.