Friday, November 8, 2013

A Novel Character

Character driven novels are stories that evolve because of the actions of the characters, rather than plot driven novels where the characters are reacting to events beyond their control.

Have you ever come across a character in a book that will stay in your mind forever, a favorite.  A character that was so believable that you were completely convinced by their story.  Perhaps that was because you identified with that character, or perhaps they intrigued or frustrated you with their thought process and the way they reacted to their situation.  Maybe you discovered a character that made you laugh or cry. Perhaps a character that you despised, the typical bad guy or girl, and found yourself page turning with great anticipation, if justice is to prevail, to see their imminent demise?

Tell us about your favorite characters and what is was that made them so good.

Some examples of great characters are:
  • Holden Caulfield. The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Atticus Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Lisbeth. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
  • Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel. Life of Pi
  • Harold Fry. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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Bovi said...

My favourite would have to be Scarlett O'Hara. Her transition from pampered belle, through desperate civil war survivor, to mature woman of the world brings me back to re-read both Gone With the Wind and Scarlett over and over. I love seeing her social- and self-awareness unfold, wince at her naivety, and feel her astonishment when the world thwarts her plans.

The Hills Shire Library Service said...

Yes it is very hard to go past Scarlett O'Hara, she came to mind as well. Scarlett's character evokes so many emotions as she struggles through a turbulent period of life and is forced to confront situations that she would never have dreamed of at the beginning of the story.