Another Tuesday is upon us, and yet another cool TTT topic by Jana! This time we’re talking about the character traits we love. Or the ones I love haha. What makes a perfect character? I guess it’s different for each reader, but we can all agree that certain traits are goddamn awful and I’m sure we’ll all skip those in our lists! Now that I think about it, it would be so much easier making a list of the traits I hate haha, but this time I’ll stick to the topic. 🙂
I love my characters:
If a character is a poised prude, I’m more likely do dislike them. Obviously, I’m far from being wild, so I live vicariously through my characters. 😀
Good examples: Diana from The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Lyra from His Dark Materials.
Recklessness is one of my least favorite traits, so by default I like cautious characters. But not too cautious, mind you, just enough to use their common sense and avoid plain stupid situations.
Good examples: Inej from Six of Crows, Sherlock Holmes
I appreciate loyalty in real life too, and a whole lot. So I love when my favorite characters don’t betray their friends and family, even in the most dangerous situations.
Good examples: Severus Snape from Harry Potter, Sam from Lord of the Rings
Characters who can quickly adapt to any situation are rare, but I love them. I’m using adaptive as a broad term, including the characters who can turn a situation to their own profit too.
Good examples: Kaz from Six of Crows, Claire from Outlander
Confidence can often be a downfall of a character, but I still gather it’s much better than questioning yourself and your actions all the time, because that quickly turns into incompetence and whine.
Good examples: Jonathan Strange from Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell, Granny Weatherwax from Discworld series
Well, I don’t really appreciate stupid characters, do you?
Good examples: Lady Jane Grey from My Lady Jane, Hermione from Harry Potter
Yeah I don’t like characters who drag others down either. I mean, cooperation is one thing, but when a character totally depends on another one, or a whole bunch of them, then they aren’t going to go far.
Good examples: Arya from A Song of Ice and Fire, Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew Mysteries
If you want to achieve something, you have to have will, passion and determination. And since most characters actually do something in the books, well.
Good examples: September from Fairyland series, Daenerys from A Song of Ice and Fire
Like one of my TV idols said, “He who dares wins.” and I couldn’t agree more! Whatever it is you want, you’ll have to dare and cross some boundaries and maybe even corpses to get there.
Good examples: Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic, Cersei from A Song of Ice and Fire
I don’t like characters who are total planks, and besides, how you’re gonna go adventuring if you’re not at least a bit curious about the world?
Good examples: Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Death from Discworld series
If all these traits combined I think that would make one hell of a character, but I hardly doubt there’s such a character in literature. 😀 Which traits do you guys appreciate? What makes a great character in your own opinion? What makes a lousy one, while we’re at it? Have a great week everyone!