Fictional Besties10:42 AM
(Hey, guess what! I won't be posting next week, due to Fan Month - expect to hear more about that when I get back!)
On Tuesday I talked about how connecting to the characters makes readers care about your story, so for today's bookish day it only seems fitting to talk briefly about some of the characters I relate to most myself.
I have a heart of stone. It's true. I have a hard time caring about characters, or empathizing with them - they'd better be written really well to get my interest. And it doesn't usually happen, but there are a select few -
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David Charleston (Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson)
Oh, my dear David. He's sweet and awkward and totally adorkable (that's a word I can use, right?). He's smart and logical and totally sucky at metaphors. He's human in a world of superheroes, and so very human at that, like he might jump right off the page. He's not all fun and games, but he's certainly hilarious - it gives the whole book an element of comic relief and down-to-earth-ness. I totally get his wonderfully blunt way of looking at things, and I'll admit, Firefight had me a little teary.
Connor Lassiter (Unwind by Neal Shusterman)
It's probably not good that I can understand and relate to Conner as much as I do - he's a temperamental little troublemaker. But he's brave and determined and sticks to his friends, and oh, that character development. Have I mentioned my undying love for Unwind? Because I kind of want to shove that book in everyone's faces so they can have the glorious feels too. Like David (and all the others on this list for that matter) Connor screws up and
he's sarcastic and he's so totally human that how could you not love him?
Richard Gansey (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)
This is a fairly new one! I read The Raven Boys and I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped several times. It's so very beautiful and stunning and deep, and Gansey is the best of it all. He's posh and elegant and yes, sarcastic. He's a good leader. HE'S GORGEOUS IN EVERY WAY. I love his quirky thought process, and it really gets to me somehow.
Kaladin (The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson)
This is an even newer favorite! Way of Kings is a huge epic fantasy,
and I've just realized that two Sanderson characters have made it on the list but whatever. He's noble. He takes care of his friends - and, well, everyone, for that matter. His situation is absolutely sucky but he deals with it as it comes. He's pretty amazing with a spear. He's logical and coolheaded, and I really respect and get that.
And I won't lie, the sarcasm is pretty amazing.
Darrow (Red Rising by Pierce Brown)
Do I even need to say that Red Rising is my favorite book of all the books anymore? Probably not.
Darrow is my favorite character of all the characters, too. He makes impossible decisions. He puts up with a lot of absolutely horrific circumstances. He does a lot of terrible things. But he keeps his humanity.
He keeps his sarcasm. He knows what he has to do and he does it. He's a little hotheaded, a little reckless (seeing a pattern with my favorites here?) and he screws up majorly a lot, but he's genuinely noble and loyal to his friends. And, for whatever reason, I've never been able to relate to character quite as much as I can relate to Darrow.
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What about you? Which characters affect you the most? What endears them to you? Comment away.