Ten Character Traits I Love
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all the information and upcoming prompts over on her blog. It’s such a fun idea and I love reading everyone’s posts and adding to my book wishlist.
This weeks prompt is personality traits I love to see in bookish characters. I’ve tried to stick to distinct traits but there will inevitably be some overlap.
I love characters that adore books and reading. It’s just so easy to relate to them.
Example: Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer
Genuinely funny characters are some of the most memorable for me as I often remember their jokes for ages afterwards.
Example: Alex Claremont-Diaz from Red, White & Royal Blue
Characters that are willing to break the rules and like to think outside the box are often some of the most successful.
Example: Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter
I’m a sucker for a Byronic hero – rebellious, arrogant, and darkly, enticingly romantic.
Example: Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre
Receptive and non-judgemental characters are fantastic, especially when it concerns the supernatural/mystical.
Example: Gansey from The Raven Boys
I will always root for characters that stubbornly stick to their guns despite everyone saying they’re wrong simply because they challenge the status quo.
Example: Puck Connolly from The Scorpio Races
I find it fun to read confident characters that almost veer into cocky because they’re the opposite of me. It must be amazing to have that much self-confidence.
Example: Aelin from Throne of Glass
All characters need to be fully fleshed-out but some feel so real that it’s like being granted access to their lives.
Example: Circe from Circe
I love characters that are passionate about living life on their own terms even when it’s dangerous to do so.
Example: Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale
There’s some overlap here with brooding, but characters with mysterious backgrounds and tortured backstories are irresistible to me. Especially when they try to push people away despite desperately wanting to be loved.
Example: Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices
What are some of your favourite traits that guarantee you’ll love a character?