Why do characters matter so much ?

Where I ask the very important question of characters in books.

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening everyone! I hope you had a lovely week and a wonderful weekend. Sundays are usually the days where I do a mix of everything, from Nyx’s Corner to traveling to bookish talks and so on. Then I realized that it has been quite a while since I actually talked about books – I seemed to have focused on blogging talks much more, and even though I love it, well, there are always things to be said about the books we love.

After my latest Contemporary Corner, where I recommended books with relatable characters, talking to all of you made me think, and come up with that rather philosophical and very complicated question:

WHY do characters matter so much, in the stories we read?

In almost every single review I come across on the blogosphere, characters are part of the problem, the solution, part of the story and they are talked about, whether it is to clash them, blame them or completely fall in love with them. As readers, we take a look at the book as a whole, and if plot, pacing, overall world-in-lovebuilding matter a lot, so does the characters. Depending on the kind of reader we are, in certain situations we can happen to overlook some aspects of a particular book, to emphasize and love some others. I happened to fall in love with a book because of its characters, or because of the incredible world-building, and so on.

I guess it depends on the kind of reader we are, but for me, characters matter a lot. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of contemporaries, where the stories are often build to make us follow a character journey, rather than a quest to save the world or something. Or maybe it’s just because, as humans, despite the hate and terrible things happening in the world, we always seek one another for comfort, recognition, love, and so on. We need others much more than we’d like, at times, and the same things happens in books.

I think I probably need to tackle the heart of the subject here, and it’s, WHY. If they are rightfully shaped, three-dimensional, if they feel so real you want to hug them, characters are such a massive part of each book, and the reason I remember why I love reading. In addition to taking us away in a whole other world, books allow us, in that case, to take over another life and share the experience of a particular character. Whether it’s something you have already experienced and can relate to, find comfort, reassurance and find these characters very relatable ; or it’s something you know nothing about, you get out of the book much, much richer than you were when you first started.

There are so many important things that are tackled in the characters lately in the bookish community, book reviews feelingsmovements you probably noticed, unless you were living under a rock. Diverse books, obviously – characters some of us might relate MORE than ever before, because let’s face it, there are so many people in the world and so many different life experience, whether it’s from culture, beliefs, traditions and so on. Depending on your own experience, these characters allow you to feel close, recognized, to relate more and more to a book you read.

More often than not, I found myself giving a book a lower rating because I couldn’t connect with the characters – connection, I think, being the right word here. Because you can’t always relate to everything a character is doing, or feeling ; but you can always feel some kind of connection. Whether it’s because you empathize with them, feel for them, completely fall in love with them, or are desperate to understand them (more than often, this happens for me in books where I really don’t get the characters).

Whether it’s in a fantasy, sci-fi or a contemporary, if the place and character development are given different paces and space, characters ALWAYS matter. They are the ones we follow when we are reading a book, the ones we live through for a couple of pages, the ones we connect with – or try to, when we pick up a new story, and, along with sometimes extraordinary world-building, the ones we remember.ย  There may be a reason why we say we bookworms fall in love with fictional characters – because they are not entirely fiction to us.

They are real, and as Dumbledore said: โ€œOf course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?โ€

dumbledore

 

How much do characters matter to you, when you read a story? Can you go on with reading a book if you can’t relate, feel or connect in any way with the characters in a book?

What is one book -okay, more than one, choosing one book is HARD- that astonished you for its incredible characters? Let me know in comments!

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101 thoughts on “Why do characters matter so much ?

  1. I think characters matter so much because we as readers see ourselves in them. We think of events in the book and whatever the characters do, we think objectively of what we’d do in the same situation. For me, characterization is the most important aspect of the book. I don’t mind a slow plot as long as the characters are taken care of – and I don’t just need good characters, but also good characterization – the development and portrayal of the characters. For me, what ruins a book is poorly sketched characters.

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    1. Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this! I agree with you, I really love my characters in a book, and when I fall in love with them, well…it’s the best feeling โค

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  2. I feel like characters are such an important part of a book. Sometimes I can overlook bad or unrelatable characters if I’m reading fantasy because there’s other aspects to focus on. For example; I read caraval and really loved the world and the plot but didn’t care for the characters at all. While I didn’t end up LOVING the book, I still really enjoyed it. I guess it just depends on the genre for me. I definitely couldn’t read a contemporary with awful characters because I would be so bored…

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    1. Thank you so much, Kirsty! ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree with you, sometimes I can be okay with characters I am not too fond of if I love the world-building and everything else going on in the book. Also, I am SO happy to hear you liked Caraval’s world and plot – I need to read this book soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I TOTALLY agree. Characters are a HUGE part of reading, and I think it is the most important part of a book. We could have a plot, yes, but why would we care about the whole story if we didn’t care about the characters who experienced it? And omg YES. Connection is a huge part if the story. Connection is his you get the reader to care about what’s happening to the character, and make them read on.

    Hmm, a book that has characters with incredible characters… That would have to be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Her characters are so beautiful and complex and I just love love LOVE them.

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    1. THANK YOU so much lovely, you’re so sweet โค โค And, erm…I really, really need to read Six of Crows then if the characters are this awesome, haha. I can't even remember when I first heard about it, I am so late on this hype train haha. Thank you so much! โค

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  4. Of course characters matter, because they are human (or feel human emotions) and so are we. If a character is “real enough to hug” then that is the sign of a good character. Of course, their story matters too, but ultimately, in a good book, no matter the story, if the character is well written and you can connect to them, the author has done a good job. I loved the characters of The Serpent King and The Engelfors trilogy (which was translated from swedish actually)

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    1. I love your “real enough to hug”description, that’s exactly it โค I really loved the characters in The Serpent King just as well! I haven't heard about The Engelfors, but…Now I want to know what it's about ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Hm, it always depends, to be honest. I’ve noticed over the years that someone could say a character is super annoying, and I didn’t find them annoying at all. I love three-dimensional characters, but I don’t really care about them too much. There are some books where the characters are my babies (like The Raven Cycle, any SJM book, Cassandra Clare books, Rick Riordan books), but I’ve never been so bothered by a character I rate a book lower. I guess it’s just something that takes a backseat for me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. I think we all have our favorite characters, and I often found myself liking, or disliking characters that others would love. Characters are kind of my weaknesses in books, I guess you have other weaknesses ๐Ÿ˜› Thank you so, so much! โค โค

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  6. I completely agree with you. Honestly, characters make or break a story for me. It doesn’t matter if the world-building or the plot is terrible. as long as the characters are good and solid. If I can’t connect with the characters, I usually end up rating the book less or DNFing the book completely.

    I love being able to relate to a character. They become friends in a way. To me, I like the think that the more I read a book, the more I connect with a character, the more willing they are to “sharing their secrets” with me. That sounds so lame haha. But I love being able to watch characters face their struggles and overcome obstacles. It really inspires me.

    Awesome discussion ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one rating a book a bit less because of the characters, haha. I just really have to connect with them on some level to be able to completely fall in love with a book, otherwise I just, can’t.
      It doesn’t sound lame at all, – I feel the same way! I do think characters are so inspiring, especially when I can relate to them, I feel less alone and supported and everything ahah ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much! โค โค

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  7. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES ! โค
    To me, the characters are the most important part of the book. Some books can have no plot but have great character development and personal journey and they're still amazing stories that deserve all the stars *-*
    And then, on the other hand, here are books with solid plots, amazing world-buildings but lacking in the characters department about which I end up feeling meh just because the I didn't connect with the characters as you said.
    Amazing piece my twinnie โค

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    1. YES EXACTLY, some characters can make a book stand out and be absolutely incredible and unforgettable just as much as a book with incredible world-building or something.
      Thank you so much my twinnie! โค โค โค

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  8. i think characters are the MOST important part of a story. if there is bad plot or something, but fantastic characters, i can still enjoy it, but opposite and it is killer. // any Sarah J Maas book pfff let’s be honest she is a genius. i love characters that are deep and more than the surface because THAT’s HOW PEOPLE ARE! also, props to authors who make incredible stories for all of the “small” characters as well. *slow clap in background*

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  9. Great topic Marie, for me characters are really important simply because they drive the story forwards don’t they? Especially in books told in first person POV.
    I think while reading I like to be able to connect with characters, and in fantasy books for example where it’s set in a new world with creatures I may never encounter myself there has to be something about the story I can relate to in a way to keep me interested. More often than not that ends up being the characters.
    I’ve also given books lower ratings when I haven’t managed to connect with the characters, it’s definitely important for me, equally important in fantasy and contemporary books I think. Though I guess books which are character driven like say Ari and Dante for example it’s even more important isn’t it?
    Again great topic, and it was really interesting to read your thoughts on it Marie. ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    1. Thank you so, so much Beth, I’m glad you feel the same way as I do about characters – they matter so much in the stories I read, and I think my rating, if it has to do with every aspect of the book, the characters kind of weight a lot on the balance ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

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      1. That’s all right. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค And yeah I think my opinions have changed since I started blogging because I used to think plot was the most important thing. The more I’ve read though the more I feel characters are even more important. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. This post hit the nail on the head! Characters are such an important part of the story to me. I think it is because the plots could happen to anyone, but the characters are what determines if the plot is special or boring. Often, I remember the characters from stories more than the plot itself. Actually, if a book is really REALLY amazing, I’ll start to internalize the character and know them well enough that I think of them as my real friends. Sometimes I’ll do something and it’ll make me think that a certain character would really enjoy doing this.

    It’s really hard for me to choose one book with amazing characters, but a series that hits the spot for me is the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry. I think all the characters are perfectly complex. They’re bad, but good, and all have passions and hobbies that shape their personalities. Also, she does a magnificent job of creating intriguing backstories to each character to give them meaning and purpose in life. (She also does this in her Thunder Road series).

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    1. OH thank you so, so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree with you, I tend to think a lot about the characters when I read a story and it’s often them that I remember the most when I finish the book. Thank you so much for this recommendation! I haven’t read this at all so it’s perfect, going straight to my TBR ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. I just wrote a post that I think relates to this quite a bit, from the writer side of the table. I’ve recently been quite stuck in outlining one of my current WIPs, and it wasn’t until someone pointed out that I’m focusing on countries and economies and not PEOPLE that I finally got moving again. I was looking at a map trying to figure out why one country would attack another country and how to manage the motivations and whatnot. I hadn’t even stopped to consider the PEOPLE leading those countries. In the words of my wise and noble friend, “Countries don’t do things; people do.” And he couldn’t have been more correct.

    I think characters matter so much because without them, we wouldn’t HAVE a story. You can have crappy world-building, and honestly, a pitiful plot, but as long as your characters shine and develop, you still have something interesting. Conversely, you can have the most spectacular world and a kick-ass plot, but if you don’t have strong characters, there will be NO engagement.

    Great post/topic!

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  12. I just wrote a post that I think relates to this quite a bit, from the writer side of the table. I’ve recently been quite stuck in outlining one of my current WIPs, and it wasn’t until someone pointed out that I’m focusing on countries and economies and not PEOPLE that I finally got moving again. I was looking at a map trying to figure out why one country would attack another country and how to manage the motivations and whatnot. I hadn’t even stopped to consider the PEOPLE leading those countries. In the words of my wise and noble friend, “Countries don’t do things; people do.” And he couldn’t have been more correct.

    I think characters matter so much because without them, we wouldn’t HAVE a story. You can have crappy world-building, and honestly, a pitiful plot, but as long as your characters shine and develop, you still have something interesting. Conversely, you can have the most spectacular world and a kick-ass plot, but if you don’t have strong characters, there will be NO engagement.

    Great post/topic!

    ~ Michelle @ FaerieFits

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this – and talking about the writer’s side of this topic. It’s really inspiring as I am trying to write at the moment, and such a good way to remind ourselves of the importance of characters. They really drive the story forward โค Thank you so much Michelle for your comment โค

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  13. Characters are one of the most vital parts of a book. If I don’t like a character, especially the main one, I would find it hard to read the book. Probably one of the reasons why I didn’t love Caraval. Scarlett was a fine character, to begin with, but she was also very boring, in certain ways.

    I always get excited when characters grow throughout a book! Such an engaging and interesting discussion, Marie! โค

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for mentioning Caraval – I haven’t read this book yet, but I keep hearing about how fantastic it is. I’m glad to hear you didn’t completely fall in love with it, it sets my expectations for it a bit lower now ahah ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so, so much! โค

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  14. Brilliant post, Marie! I completely agree with everything you’re saying. For me, characters are one of the most important parts of the story. Of course the plot matters, but I find I can deal with not so great plots if I can connect or relate to the characters. It’s the characters that I fall in love with and keep me coming back. I love being able to see myself represented because it’s such a great feeling, which is why diverse characters are so important because everyone deserves to feel that way.

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Lauren, I am so happy you like this โค Really, when we're falling in love with books, we are falling in love with the story and characters living inside these pages – sometimes wishing they were real, like, let's say, erm, these raven boys <3.
      I 100% agree with you about diverse characters, everyone deserves to recognize themselves in books โค

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  15. Fantastic discussion post, Marie! I definitely need characters are well-built, complex and a thrill to follow in their adventure. Even if the plot doesn’t measure up to my expectations and doesn’t deliver, a great cast of characters will make things a lot better! ๐Ÿ˜€

    – Lashaan

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Lashaan! ๐Ÿ˜€ I agree…and I find that, more than often, when the characters are lacking, more than often the plot can’t save things as much for me. Characters matter way too much for me haha.

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  16. Characters aren’t all that matters, but they sure matter a lot to me as well. As you said, if I can’t connect with them at all, I am more likely to give the book as a whole a lower rating, because it’s a huge part of my enjoyment. Also, a character can save the day and make the story better. However, even if the character is the loveliest of all cinnamon buns, they can’t carry a book by themselves, so if the writing is bad, nothing can help there. But there are so many characters I wish were real and I wish I could have as friends or people in my life. They matter for sure! โค

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    1. Haha oh yes, I did not mention that but you’re right, so much of my love for a story goes into the writing just as well. If the writer can’t take me into his story with his words, then, well…nothing will save this unfortunately haha. Thank you so, so much Kat โค โค

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  17. Great post! For me, it depends on the genre how important the characters are… Like you said in genres like contemporary and romance, connection to the characters are very important. In genres like fantasy, Sci-Fi, thriller, and horror, my connection to the characters are not as important say as other aspects like world building, plot, suspense, etc. etc.

    On the flip side, I have read books that I didn’t particularly care for aspects of the plot, but adored the characters… The Raven Cycle would be an example of this.

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    1. Thank you so, so much for your thoughts, Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree that it depends a lot on the genre we’re reading. And The Raven Boys…these characters are just SO real, I love them so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. I agree- I definitely will give a book a lower rating if I didnโ€™t connect to the characters. I think theyโ€™re one of the most important things for me in a story!! Actually the book that comes to mind right now is the Raven Boys series- those characters are so awesome!

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  19. I think characters matter so much because they literally bring the story to life. A well-written character can make you feel so many different emotions – joy, sadness, despair – and they’re what make a book truly memorable. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! โค

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    1. Thank you so much Zoe! It’s true that we feel all of the emotions thanks to the characters, one of the reasons why reading has such an impact at times ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

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  20. Great post, Marie! I agree pretty much 100% with all of what you said here. I probably read a 50/50 mix of SFF and contemporary, but Iโ€™d argue that characters are equally important in both, though what I look for in different genres is different.

    With contemporary, connection is definitely the important part, and I tend to look for characters that I can really relate to no matter if that relation is to their personality, their experiences, their thoughts, beliefs, actions, etc. With SFF, I tend to be more accepting of โ€œnon-conventionalโ€ charactersโ€ฆ e.g. I LOVE really well-developed villains or anti-heroes (like in Schwabโ€™s Vicious) and donโ€™t need to love them or relate to them as people to love them as characters. โค

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    1. Thank you so, so much Reg! โค I agree with you that I tend to look for different things whether I am reading fantasy, or contemporary – but characters always are important, whether it's to relate to them or for them just to be well-shaped. Also, you are REALLY making me want to read Vicious right now! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. I thought you had read Vicious! I 100% recommend it, especially since you’re also a Schwab reader – while Shades of Magic’s books are a bit slower, I thought Vicious was very fast-paced and action-packed and it just drew me in right from the very first scene. โค

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  21. Great post Marie and I completely agree! For me the characters are one of the most, if not THE most important aspect in a book.
    I mean, I can appreciate other aspects in a book, like the writing and the plot and the worldbuilding, but if I can’t connect to the characters, their development or their emotions, it will be an ‘eh’ kind of book (for me an example was Caraval).
    Otherwise, a book can have definite flaws and issues, but if I love the characters so much, I will still love it a lot despite its problems (for me an example is the Falling Kingdoms series).
    And then there are the rare gems that are amazing overall – where everything falls into place for me, from the writing to the plot AND I fall in love with the characters – those are the ones who become my all-time favorites (examples are the Raven Cycle, the Six of Crows duology or the Shades of Magic series)
    Overall, I just need amazing characters and I’m a happy reader ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m so happy we agree on this ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it when a book gets the whole package (plot, writing, character development and so on), but characters always have a special place in my heart. I really, reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally need to read Six of Crows, since it’s the only favorite of yours I haven’t read, and it seems like we really have the same taste in books. I LOVE The Raven Cycle and Shades of Magic so much ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. Characters are so important. I find the book more enjoyable when I can relate to the characters. I have enjoyed books where there are characters whom I don’t agree with and those I cannot connect with. An example is my recent read of Mothers by Brit Bennett. Loved the writing. But hated the protagonist. I could not connect with her at all. If I could relate to the main character I am sure I would have given a higher rating

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  23. I adore this post, Marie! I’ve actually been thinking about characters in books a lot lately too. Whether because the last book I read was really character driven or because of how I was thinking about the fact that I love The Bone Season so much is because I’ve completely connected with the characters (even though I can’t relate to them), I’m not sure. Either way, characters are definitely something that matter to me a lot as well. Being that I tend to read fantasy more than contemporary I do know that I love finding a story where it’s balanced between the world building and the characters but I’ve also found that without that balance (too little world building/plot or too little character wise) I tend to not enjoy the book. With contemporaries I think I often look for characters I can connect with or characters I love even if I can’t directly relate to them. I love being able to see different experiences through characters in books. Just overall I completely agree with you about characters being something that really matter. As for one book that I feel has incredible characters you know I’m going to go with my rec from your relatable characters post and say Fangirl. Simply because I related so much to the characters and it was the first book I ever read that explored social anxiety which was something I really connected with. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you so, SO much for sharing your thoughts about This, Melissa! I agree with you that it’s all about balance between the world building and characters, especially in fantasy Books. I Really, reaaaaally need to read Fangirl as soon as I can๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  24. Characters mean everything to me!!!! You might notice from how my reviews are set up๐Ÿ˜‚

    But somehow amazing characters can help push me to continue through a slow plot or less developed world building. When you can get all three: world building, characters & plot right its magic, but we can’t always get that, so I can try at times to settle for amazing characters + plot or amazing character + world building (this second combo could be a little iffy…I could end up not picking up the next book in the series if by the end the plot is crazy weak); it would just push me enough not to DNF.

    Esp with contemporary fiction, where like u pointed out its more about the journey. There isn’t much world building or super original stories to carry the book, but its the characters and their interaction with the world around them ๐Ÿ˜

    For me characters are limited to humans/aliens/animals but also when there is real magic in writing world the author builds becomes a character of its own, with its history and its own story to tell.

    Ure right there is a difference between relate and connection. We can’t always relate but sometimes there’s a connection which makes u devour the book.

    Totally enjoyed this post ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you so, so much, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this post so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I just love how an author can build characters just with words and make them feel so alive, real, and FEEL ALL OF THE THINGS. I love when that happens so, so much โค

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  25. This is a very good but hard question and after reading your blog post I really don’t know how to answer your questions, I do agree with you if I don’t feel any connection at all with the characters or plot I find it very difficult to finish, I try to finish the book because I find the ending more enjoyable to read than the start sometimes. One book that was very difficult for me to read is Perfect by Cecelia Ahern.

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    1. Thank you Aneesa ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re right, sometimes we have to push until the end of the book and that’s when it gets better – it always makes me sad though, having to wait so long haha.

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  26. I love a good mix of good plot and characters, but I do admit characters can save any book if I can relate and/or connect. I need to be able to feel their emotions, to root for them, even if they are from the 35th century and talking about things I don’t understand, haha! Characters are the heart of a book in my opinion.
    That’s a fantastic post Sweechie!!!

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  27. So true. Even if a story isn’t character focused per se, it’s still the characters that will make or break a story for me. I have to be invested. I like plot driven stories too, but again there has to be something there the characters. Certain characters if they mean a lot almost become like real people, as I think someone else mentioned, and it enables us to escape our humdrum existence for a while and vicariously live through someone else’s life.

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    1. That’s exactly it, we kind of live someone else’s life for a little while, and it’s an escape, and it’s just great to read and experiment and empatize and just connect with characters like that thanks to books ๐Ÿ™‚

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  28. Characters are so incredibly important to me when it comes to books – I would much rather read a book with strong character development and growth than anything else. I love getting to know characters, so I enjoy when an author spends a lot of time rounding them out. Even relationships between characters can be important and really add a lot to a book!

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  29. I love this so much!! โคโค I agree with you 100%. Characters are definitely one of the most important parts for me when reading a book, if not THE most important. Seriously. So much of my enjoyment depends on whether or not I liked the characters–bonus points if I loved them and/or had a connection with them, because that’s even better. It’s the absolute best and worst feelings in the world when you read a character you love so much, (worst only because it hurts that the character isn’t real haha) or if you find a character that you wish were real, because it invests you so much more in the story. I absolutely adored the characters in the Shades of Magic series, one of the reasons I love that series so much aha. Amazing post, Marie! ๐Ÿ’˜

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    1. Thank you so, so much Analee! โค So happy you liked this, and yes, I get so much more invested in a story when I can connect, relate, fall in love with or overall just feel something about them while I read โค โค And YES, Shades of Magic, these characters are FABULOUS. โค

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  30. Characters don’t have to be relatable or even likable for me to enjoy a book but I do expect them to be complex or at the least more than two dimensional. The book that blew me away for its character would be Six of Crows. With only two books Bardugo, made readers feel like they really got to knew that cast from that duology. (Harry Potter is also superior in that way; the cast of characters is so memorable but it should also be noted that Rowling had seven books to build such a relationship between fictional characters and readers.) Anyhow, as always, this is such a wonderful post, Marie! โค

    Summer

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    1. Ohhh, well…I feel a little bad that I haven’t been able to read Six of Crows yet, it sounds so good and I love just how the characters seem great and well shaped, despite the fact that there are so many characters and POV (if I remember right?). Thank you so much, Summer! โค

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      1. WAIT. You haven’t?? I don’t know why I didn’t know this… You should drop everything and read it ASAP, Marie. And, yes, there is a sprawling cast but it doesn’t get overwhelming, I promise. The multi-POVs isn’t a stylistic choice I like, but this one works really well!

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  31. Love this. Firstly I have to just say I just finished Half Blood Prince and your Dumbledore Gif definitely just made me want to cry again… Which probably intensifies my point that I think characters matter so much, I can’t actually imagine a book where I don’t care that much about the characters in favour of the story. I love reading a book and relating to a character, falling in love with them and mostly I like when they then have a resolution and it’s like you’ve been on a journey together and now you can wave them off knowing they’ll be ok? It’s personal to every individual person isn’t it.

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    1. I cried so hard about Dumbledore…way too much for a fictional character ahah. I completely agree with you here. It’s really like I am living with them, on a journey that ends when I close the book after reading the last page. I love that feeling so much โค Thank you Hannah! โค

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      1. In continuation of my point of how much I love going on a journey with characters, if I really get into their character type then I find myself on fanfiction sites to read more from other people’s creative writing. So journeys can continue, I haven’t done this in a while but I remember I did this so often with Clary and Jace from The Mortal Instruments series when I first finished it a few years ago!

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      2. That’s true! I’m writing a Young Adult story now for part of my university unit on Children’s Literature. The word count is an absolute killer as it can only be 2,500 words and I went with a fantasy story. I’m debating making it into a longer story when i’ve finished with it. Like an actual novel haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. Ohhh that’s so great – I wish I had classes like that! Well, if you’re inspired (and 2,500 words is short, I get it)…why not try and keep on going with it? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  32. Yes. Yes. Yes. YES. You are so on point with all of this, Marie! Thank you for putting into words (amazing, articulate, concise words) what we are all feeling. I love it when I can connect with a character. When I can see part of myself or my friends or my family in a character. I love it when I feel like there is a part of my life represented in the book– whether it’s through something physical or philosophical/ethical.

    Rainbow Rowell is the author which comes to mind whenever I think of amazing character development. I guess if I had to pick one book, it would be Fangirl. We see so much happen to these characters. Or maybe Carry On, since it’s fantasy-focused? Just wonderful and amazing books for character development.
    OH! Or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! Maybe that! WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GOOD BOOKS?!

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    1. Ohh Jackie, thank you so, so much, it means the world to me that you enjoyed this so much โค โค
      I really need to read Fangirl as soon as I can ๐Ÿ˜€

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  33. Characters are everything to me! What is the use of a good plot, a good twist, a good mystery, if the characters are unrelate-able and if there’s no connection to me at all? It’s probably just me, but I’m always looking for a good character development in a book, more than the plot and the twists ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw, I am so loving your discussion posts, they’re just so relevant and always so on point! xo, Kat

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    1. Oh thank you so much, you are way too sweet, I’m so happy you like these posts โค I agree with you, characters mean everything to me just as well, I love it so much when I can connect with a character โค

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  34. Such a great discussion post! Likeable characters are a MAJOR necessity when it comes to reading a book in general. If I can’t relate to the characters or I have no idea who they are AKA if they are one-dimensional, it is extremely hard for me to continue reading a novel. With that being said, I have read a few novels that I could resonate with and it was incredible (THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon, ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven). So in short, yes, I agree that characters make a HUGE difference (:

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  35. So much YES to this! If I can’t relate to a character or I find a character just super annoying, it affects my feelings for the whole book. If it is well written, yet the character development is lacking I will probably just DNF.

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  36. Characters are my #1. I can usually forgive a few plot holes if the characters are awesome. I definitely need that connection to truly love a book. If characters don’t feel real and believable, I instantly like the book a little bit less and end up rating it lower.
    Six of Crows has incredible characters, as so many people have already pointed out. That duology changed my expectations for YA books, especially fantasy!

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    1. I’m so glad you feel the same way about characters! They are so, so important to me โค
      I really, reaaally need to read Six of Crows sometime soon ahah, I'm so late to this but…well, if characters are incredible, I'm missing out ahah.

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