October 7, 2019
Traits that Help Me Fall in Love With Characters
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My Favorite Character Traits
Do you have favorite character traits?
One of the greatest joys of reading is the characters we encounter! I admit that I have a difficult time appreciating stories with unlikeable characters unless there is significant character growth or a major redemption theme. When I look back at my favorite books, they all include memorable and unforgettable characters. I think my very favorite character traits are found in WW11 stories. But traits like courage, determination, sacrifice, and grit can be found in other genres as well. The following is only a sample of a few of my favorite character traits. (listed in no particular order).
to Live Your Best Life
Examples: Eleanor (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine), Lovejoy ( The Lost For Words Bookshop), Harold (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)
(find my post about quirky characters living their best lives here)
That Make a Difference For Others
(especially toward children)
in the Face of Dire Circumstances
Examples: Kurc family (We Were the Lucky Ones),
Courage, Determination, and Grit
Against the Odds
Examples: Tara ( Educated), J.D. Vance ( Hillbilly Elegy), Jeannette (The Glass Castle), Bryan (Just Mercy), Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud (Refugee), Billie Jo (Out of the Dust), Louis (Unbroken), Augie (Wonder), Rahima (The Pearl That Broke Its Shell), Ada (The War That Saved My Life, The War I Finally Won), Bri (On the Come Up) …. so many more!
Example: Fiona, Vivian, and Dottie (Beantown Girls)
A Good Friend
Oh Goodness! I have an ENTIRE post on literary friendships here!!!
Creative, Gracious, and Thoughtful
Example: The Count (Gentleman in Moscow)
Which are your favorite character traits?
Do we share any favorites?
In Book News:
Especially interesting if you’ve read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek or are a Jojo Moyes fan. What is my opinion? For now, I will not be reading, reviewing, or promoting The Giver of Stars.
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