Not really. Or at least not in the outright plagiarizing way, anyway. The problem with this week's topic is that I've read and adored so many books and so many characters that trying to pick ones that I wish I'd written is horribly difficult.
From a success standpoint it's easy to just stand there and say, gee I wish I'd written Harry Potter or the vampire Lestat.
But I don't. And part of the issue here is that since I've become a writer myself, I have a much deeper appreciation for the authors who have put out such wonderful stories. Writing books can be hard - reading is so much more fun. Somehow the idea of writing such fabulous characters seems exhausting. ;-)
(I'm cheating here a bit because I'm picking entire books - without the story, where does the character stand?)
Love and intrigue and sex and just enough mysticism to put it squarely into my favorite of all time series. Love as thou wilt, indeed.
I've shied away from trying to write something similar. Partially because I don't think I could really ever live up to the expectation I'd set on myself, and partially because I'd always be comparing my story to that one and that's probably no good. But you never know. ;-)
The world building is fabulous, but don't expect the author to spell out every little thing for you. I was completely absorbed and immersed. :)
Hell, I'd have loved to write Sandman too, speaking of Gaiman.
Yuu Watase's beautiful artwork and storytelling about a Celestial trying to find her hagaromo (robe of feathers) is one of my favorite of all time. I actually have a pretty good cel collection from the anime because I liked it so much...
(The anime is okay - the manga is much better and more detailed, as books/graphic novels usually are.)
So there we go. The thing is, any book that touches you so deeply is bound to leave a mark on your own creativity. It might be conscious or subconscious depending on what it is, but in a lot of ways that's the true legacy of a work of fiction.