Monday, March 13, 2017

Discussion: What Makes A Character Great?

As a fanatic reader and book blogger I loved reading book discussion. And since I also love having my own book blog I decided to post a book discussion myself. So join me on my little book discussion journey and let’s have some fun! 

Last week I read a book that had all the great aspects of things I love in a read. But somehow I just couldn’t really love the story. The reason was the two main characters. I just didn’t love them. I honestly think I didn’t like the story as much as I predicted because I didn’t really knew the characters. There wasn’t much character development and I started wondering what it really is that makes me love characters. 

I think the answer to that question is knowledge. I really need to get to know characters to really get them and fall in love with them. For example the Christian Grey character of the Fifty Shades series. In the first book he really just looks and sounds like a pig who gets off on hurting females. But there’s this mystery about him that makes you want to keep on reading, and in the second and third book we really get to know why he is the way he is. And now he is one of my favorite male characters. 

That is of course not an example all readers can relate too so let me explain by using another character: Hermione Granger. In the beginning of the first book in the Harry Potter series Hermione is this know-it-all who really doesn’t really sound all that sympathetic. But when you read the book, and all the other books in the series you get to see that Hermione isn’t only brilliant, but cares a lot about the people she’s close too, stands up for the things she’s passionate about and will break the rules to protect and help her friends. She really is one of the greatest book characters out there if you ask me. 

But sometimes I don’t really know a character at all but still love them. Think of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games. She always kind of stayed a mystery to me. Sure we know that she is tough, and would sacrifice herself for the people she loves. But do we really know what she loves? What she thinks? What she would do if the world she lived in wasn’t so crazy? I don’t really know the answers to those questions regarding Katniss Everdeen, but I still love her.

Maybe it’s the vibe a character has about her/him. Maybe it’s just the way the character acts. 

What do you think? What makes you love a book character? What makes you think a book character is great?


  1. I agree that the more complex a character, and the more I actually get to know and understand them, see their depth, etc., then the higher chance I'll like them as a character. But then there are also those times when I simply love a character. Some characters are just lovable, I guess lol. Or they're the type of person you can relate to, and that automatically makes you feel a kind of kinship.

    1. That's so true. Some characters you just simple love.. without any good reason. But I suppose we don't need to have a reason for everything. LOL!
      Thanks for stopping by!


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