In her typical fashion, Miz B of Should Be Reading has brought our focus to something very relevant for readers.
What makes you love / hate a character in a book?
That’s a good one, don’t you think? In considering the books I’ve read that I simply couldn’t put down, there were usually both elements going on. A character I loved, because I could relate to her (yes, it’s usually a female!), because she has some of the qualities I recognize in myself; a character who is struggling against some kind of social issue—a broken relationship, single parenthood, job challenges, conflict with a parent or parents—and finding the battle difficult for various reasons.
And then there’s someone in this character’s life (the bad character!), who confronts the good one and creates obstacles that don’t need to be there. This “bad” character is snotty, mean, has more than just a bad attitude, she does devious, underhanded things to our “good” character.
Now maybe at the end of the book, we’ll discover that the “bad” character is that way for good reasons, but by then, I don’t even care. I hate her! lol
But the drama and conflict between the characters is what makes the reading great. Don’t you think?
What do you like/dislike about characters? I hope you’ll stop by and share your tidbits.