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The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived: How Characters of Fiction, Myth, Legends, Television, and Movies Have Shaped Our Society, Changed Our Behavior, and Set the Course of History

The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived is a book, released October 17, 2006, that discusses the influence of fictional characters on society. The book was written by Allan Lazar, Dan Karlan and Jeremy Salter; and was published by Harper Collins.

Kermit the Frog ranked in at #67 on the list and the authors discuss his influence on the world.

Other characters in the 101 include: Santa Claus (#4), Luke Skywalker (#85), Ebenezer Scrooge (#16), Dorothy Gale (#91), Sherlock Holmes (#8), Robin Hood (#12), Mickey Mouse (#18), James Bond (#51), Cinderella (#26), Barbie (#43), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (#44), Tarzan (#49), Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock (#50), Romeo and Juliet (#9), Odysseus (#24), Alice in Wonderland (#34), Prince Charming (#20), Smokey Bear (#21) and Dr. Frankenstein's Monster (#6).

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The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived is a riot. It's a brilliant concept, charmingly executed. Even when you disagree with their choices-and disagreeing is half the fun-Messrs. Lazar, Karlan, and Salter make such good, solid, and clever cases for their nominees that you have to nod in agreement or at least in admiration. From Odysseus to Bond, James Bond and Lilith to Mouse, Mickey Mouse, the selections are provocative, the writing lively, the discussion animated and engaging. Any book that can bring together Othello, Hiawatha, and Kermit T. Frog gets my vote. Over and over again, I found myself musing, why didn't I think of this? I'm insanely jealous. And grateful.
--Tom Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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