Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.
OCTOBER 29: WHAT MAKES YOU LIKE A CHARACTER? (SUGGESTED BY RACHEL @ A BOOKWORM’S PARADISE)
Prompts: Are there any physical qualities you look for in a character? What personalities tend to draw you to characters? Are there any archetypes you prefer, are you always falling for the villain? What makes you like characters?
Welcome to the final LTB in October, everyone! Honestly time flies way too quickly. It’s almost Halloween – any of you have any plans for it this year? Anyway, before I get too off track, let’s dive into this week’s topic.
First of all, I don’t think I really look for any physical qualities in a character. After all, I am reading a book, so I just imagine basically whatever I want. I think sometimes I prefer the ambiguity of the physical features. Obviously some defining features will help me remember a character, but I don’t need absolutely everything described to me in detail.
Now for the money question, what personalities tend to draw me to characters. I’d say in a protagonist, definitely a strong will. As I think I’ve mentioned before, characters who can struggle through the face of adversity and overcome/fight with their best, tend to be my favourite kind of protagonists. In general though, I like when characters are consistent to their core character – little deviations are okay – but if I can’t even understand the motivation of why they’d do something, it’s probably too much.
There are definitely many archetypes I prefer, too many to list out. I rarely fall for a villain, but I do enjoy really well-written ones. I think the morally ambiguous, is he good is he bad, types are really good. Stories where you finish the whole book wondering who was actually the villain really makes me ponder the power of perspective.
What kind of characters do you all like? When choosing books, do you look for any types of characters in particular, or leave it all as a surprise? Let me know in the comments below!