“Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?”
Gee, that's a terribly difficult question! There are too many to pick from! It's like asking me to choose a favorite flower out of the zillions on the planet.
The best heroine is Jane Eyre. She is tough and honest and has all that integrity; you'll never get her to do something that she believes is wrong. She sticks to her guns. Plus, I could live with her and enjoy her company.
I'm having a harder time coming up with a guy. After reading Huckleberry Finn, though, I'm actually thinking I'll choose Huck. He's pretty hard to beat, though I'm sure he would think I'm too civilized and fancy, with my quilts and smocking and all.
Not that I don't love Mr. Darcy or all those other romantic heroes, but I feel like I don't know them as well. I thought I'd better go for a guy who tells his own story.