Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I is for Interesting Characters

What makes an interesting character?

Is it what they say? How they say it? Or is it what they do and how they do it that makes them interesting?

I think it's a combination of many things. That's what makes people in our lives interesting and our writing should reflect life. Right?

Here's a couple of story characters that I've found very interesting:


Anne Shirley was a wonderful character, very complex and lovable. My heart went out to her when I learned that she talked to her reflection in the window. And her love for stories and words were very endearing to me as a writer.

Another interesting character was . . .


Darth Vader. I know he was a villain, a very bad villain, but in the end he sacrificed himself for his son. He finally realized the mistakes he'd made and tried to redeem himself.

Okay, your turn. Who are some of the interesting characters you like?


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10 comments:

  1. I think it's a matter of depth. If a character isn't three dimensional, they're not interesting. Great post and happy A-Z blogging.

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    1. S.L.,
      Very true. I love characters who have depth. It gives me more information to understand them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Great choices, Kathi! Such wildly different characters but both incredibly fascinating. Some of my favorite characters:

    Mr. Stevens, The Remains of the Day (the book and the movie). Put any other character in his situation and the story would have been over in five minutes. But Mr. Stevens was so devoted to his work as a butler that he ends up sacrificing his love for Ms. Kenton. Such a tragic but fascinating character.

    John Locke, Lost. A man obsessed with finding his true destiny and prove that his life has meaning, but ultimately loses himself in the process. He's tough and capable but also extremely vulnerable. He constantly surprised me as a character.

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    1. Andrew,
      Thanks! I was very intrigued by John Locke on Lost. In fact, many times he was the reason I watched the series, however, my interest fell when the island moved. But I still remember John Locke.
      And you're right about Mr. Stevens in The Remains of the Day. And Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of the character was spot on.
      Great points! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Kathi, I dont know that I have a fav character, each book that I read there is usually one or two that stand out more then others and they are my favs at the moment. next book and another new fav character. I love to read and hardly a day goes by that I dont read. as for why they are a favorite, You have to feel what they are feeling and want what they want.
    Paula O

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    1. Paula,
      I understand. It's hard to choose when there's so many to pick from. I admire your reading and wish there were more people like you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Favorite characters? Usually real-life people with hearts and minds as vast as oceans! Blessings!

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    1. Real-life characters can be even more complex than fictional ones, plus they are constantly changing. In fiction it's hard to change a character unless you lay the ground work.

      Blessing to you too.

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  5. I still remember reading The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon many years ago. The character of Jamie Fraser literally came alive for me. I also fell in love with him and think of him often! Now THAT is good writing! So glad to visit your site Kathi. I am so new to blogging. Writing has always been a passion of mine so I suspect I will learn lots from you!

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    1. I've heard that a lot from Gabaldon fans. I was lucky to sit in on a class she was teaching years ago when The Outlander first came out. Very nice lady. I bought the book, and I hate to admit it, but I haven't read it. You're description of the main characters makes me want to. Thanks for stopping by.

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