Infographic: Fifteen Books With More Characters Than You Can Count

10955401155_a5b1ee06ae_hHow many characters can a book have before you start to lose track?

The book recommendation site Love Reading has released an infographic that lists 15 books with increasing casts of characters.

There are 43 named characters in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Compare that to 132 characters mentioned in the first Harry Potter book, or the 218 characters created by George R.R. Martin for the first installment of the A Game of Thrones series, which has 2067 named characters (and counting).

Neither compares to Tolstoy's War and Peace, however, with its 600 characters.

Does anyone know how many characters can be found in The Lord of The Rings?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

6 Comments on Infographic: Fifteen Books With More Characters Than You Can Count

  1. Dostoevsky not Tolstoy for Crime and Punishment.

    As for LoTR, do you want an answer including or excluding the appendices?

  2. Japanese and Chinese books have thousands of characters.

    • Ahh, the Internet responds. Also, the popular book “The Unicode® Standard”, which many of us love to read over and over again, has more than 120,00 characters. And the most recent version added a total of 7,716 characters. Nerds win.

  3. I find this information strangely and warmly encouraging, really 🙂

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