This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is a ‘Character Freebie’ (any topic of our choice that deals with book characters).
I thought it might be fun to list some characters who have the same name as me (Helen). I wondered whether I would be able to think of ten, but it turned out to be easier than I expected – in fact, I could have included more!
1. Helen Burns – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The saintly Helen Burns was Jane’s best friend at Lowood School and although her role in the novel is short and tragic, she has a lasting influence on Jane’s life.
2. Helen Irvine – Fair Helen by Andrew Greig
Helen of Kirkconnel Lea was the heroine of a famous ballad and her story is told in this beautifully written historical fiction novel.
3. Helen of Mar – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
The daughter of the Earl of Mar, Lady Helen falls in love with Scottish hero William Wallace in Jane Porter’s 1809 novel.
4. Helen Franklin – Melmoth by Sarah Perry
This secretive Helen becomes fascinated by the story of Melmoth the Witness and discovers that the legend holds a personal significance.
5. Helen Schlegel – Howards End by E.M. Forster
The younger and more impulsive and passionate of the two Schlegel sisters in Forster’s classic novel.
6. Helen of Troy – For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser
I’m sure this famous Helen needs no introduction!
7. Helen Fong – China Dolls by Lisa See
One of three young women who become friends after meeting at an audition for dancers at a San Francisco nightclub in 1938.
A recurring, though minor, character throughout Bolton’s Lacey Flint series (as Dana Tulloch’s partner) and also has a bigger role to play in the standalone novel Sacrifice.
9. Helen Giniver – The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
This Helen is one of several characters whose lives and relationships are explored in Sarah Waters’ World War II novel.
10. Helen Huntingdon – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
A Brontë character started my list so another Brontë character will finish it! Written in diary format, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall describes Helen Huntingdon’s marriage to an abusive, drunken husband.
Can you think of any other literary Helens? Are there any fictional characters who share your own name?