All The World’s A Stage

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who: Are Artistically Inclined


I’m not sure that I can come up with ten characters with one particular artistic talent, so I’m having a free-for-all. I’m also going to be fairly generous in the definition of ‘artistic’. Top Ten Tuesday prompt from the Broke and the Bookish.

1. Janice Shriek – Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff Vandermeer

Janice is a former artist, former art gallery owner and author (as well as tour guide and spy).

2. Martin Lake – ‘The Transformation of Martin Lake’, City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer

Martin becomes Ambergris’ most famous painter after a horrifying event that almost destroys him.

3. Becky Sharp – Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Becky can sing, dance, play the pianoforte, act and is the daughter of a painter, so she can probably paint as well. However, Becky only uses these skills to help her climb the social ladder, not because she enjoys them.

4. Prince Turveydrop and Mr. Turveydrop – Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Prince is a dancing master who also (I think) plays the fiddle. Mr. Turveydrop spends all his son’s money in order to live as an example of fashion and deportment.

 5. Agnes Nitt – Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

Not only is Agnes a witch, but she has an incredible singing voice.

6. Tomjon – Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Tomjon is a talented and passionate actor, who just happens to be heir to the throne of Lancre.

7. Lin – Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

Lin is a sculptor who creates her artworks using traditional methods unique to her people.

8. Everyone – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Seriously, is there any character in this book who isn’t amazing at something? Magic, illusions, acrobatics, creating beautiful machines and mechanisms, food, music, costumes, even the lettering on the signs is beautiful. It’s like one big artist’s colony.

9. Claudia – The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

Claudia was the ‘artsy’ one. I remember one book where she made earrings out of forks, an image which has apparently stayed with me for approximately 20 years. Nicely done, Claudia.

10. Mary Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I did warn you that I was being generous with the definition of ‘artistic’. Mary wants so, so badly to be musical, and she must be able to play the pianoforte fairly well due to all the practice she seems to get. Mary is definitely artistically inclined, she just doesn’t seem to have the talent to back it up.


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