Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Favourite Jokesters – – In honour of April Fools, talk about your favourite jokesters, pranksters, and funny characters.
Which book characters do I think fit the label of a jokester? Keep on reading my contribution to T5W for the week of April 4, 2018.
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Fred and George Weasley from the ‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Inc (June 26, 1997)
Print Length: 320 pages
It would be a disservice to a list about favourite jokesters in honour of April Fools without including two of the funniest twins ever written who just so happen to share a birthday on April 1. While the story of Fred and George can be described as tragic, in the end, these two characters offered many of the comedic moments through out the series that make them stick out in my mind above all others on this list.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell from the ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ series by Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson (September 20, 2016)
Print Length: 326 pages
Seperately, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell offer up chuckles here and there through out the plot of both Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) and Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2). However, it is when they are together and full on sassing one another that I laugh uncontrollably. With two more installments in this series, I’m hoping that there will be more comedic moments between these two characters.
Major Major Major Major from Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1) by Joseph Heller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 4, 2004, first published 1961)
Print Length: 453 pages
While the character of Major Major is, at best, a mediocre character, the reason for his inclusion is because of the jokes made at his expense. Besides the obvious humor in relation to his name, the fact that he is consistently referenced as looking like Henry Fonda and he was portrayed by Bob Newhart in the 1970 film adaptation only add to the major hilarity of the character of Major Major.
Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir
Publisher: Crown (September 27, 2012)
Print Length: 369 pages
While Matt Damon captured some of the whit and spirit of the character, the book version of Mark Watney checks off all the qualities needed in a jokester. With consistent jabs at the fact that he is the best botanist on Mars, given that he is the only botanist on Mars, his pop culture quips and general lack of s**ts given only add to his charmingly devious personality.
Shalom the pig from Holy Cow by David Duchovny
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 3, 2015)
Print Length: 206 pages
I could have picked any of the three main animals from David Duchovny’s Holy Cow, and yet, the one that left a lasting impression on me was the Torah reading, country uniting, wise cracking pig named Shalom. Along with Elsie the cow and Tom the turkey, Shalom is on a mission to travel to Israel where he will be safe from being turned into bacon.
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And those are my top 5 jokesters, pranksters, and funny characters. Do you have any books that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and lets chat about it.