What makes me fall for a book character ?

Hello guys! How are you? Did May treat you well? Mine was great, in France we’re pretty lucky because we get a bunch of bank holidays this time of year. I just wish that the weather got better, it’s so cold in the morning that I’m still wearing my winter jacket can you believe it??! I got sunburned in London in April and now I’m freaking cold, it’s unbelievable! Anyway, enough with that weather nonsense!

I’m back today with a pretty awesome topic…well in my humble opinion! What makes me fall for a book character? What are the things I like to see in my characters?Β 

πŸŒͺ Three-dimensionality

Characters are the essence of a book I think. If I don’t manage to feel something towards them, it’s going to be a fail. They need to be fleshed out and developed. I need to care! Sometimes, authors are just depicting their characters on the surface, it lacks depth. I want to understand why they act the way they act and see a real development all through the story.

πŸŒͺ Flaws

I like to relate to my book characters. I’ll be attracted to stories featuring people with anxiety, shy people or people lacking confidence. I see myself in them, I understand them and I root for them. I love to see them evolve and try to conquer their flaws. I don’t need them perfect, I need them to be real.

πŸŒͺ Boldness

I also enjoy reading stories about characters who aren’t at all like my personnality. Bold, confident, funny, unapologetic! I look up to them, I wish I was a little bit more like them and it makes me want to be brave. Facing a hard situation, I would ask myself “what would Blair Waldorf do?” and it helps. They are different and that’s exactly what I like about them!

πŸŒͺ My 10 all-time favorite characters

In no particular order, that was hard enough…

  1. The unapologetic one : Evelyn Hugo in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  2. The bold one : Cameron in If I’m Being Honest
  3. The smart one : Hermione in Harry Potter
  4. The anxious one : Kiko in Starfish
  5. The brave one : Peeta in The Hunger Games
  6. The shy one : Lena in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  7. The feminist one : Audrey in It Only Happens in the Movies
  8. The pretty one : Zane in Pretties
  9. The relatable one : Cress in The Lunar Chronicles
  10. The flawed one : Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl

What about you? What makes YOU fall for a book character ?

What are some of your favorite ones ? Do you have one character that absolutely got on your nerves ?

Let’s chat in comments πŸ’¬





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58 thoughts on “What makes me fall for a book character ?

  1. Such a great post! I tend to gravitate towards characters that I can relate with, ones that are bookish and quiet but will still speak out if there’s something they’re passionate about. I like how you broke down a bunch of characters into different types πŸ™‚

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    1. Yaay, glad you agree 😊 Peeta is the best 😍😍 Yeees, I adore Cameron! Sometimes I wish I could be more like her haha! πŸ™ˆ Totally! Hermione has one of the best character development I’ve seen for now 😊 Thank you so much, I’m happy you enjoyed it 😘😘

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      1. Me too … I need some of that “I am who I am” vibe from Cameron ha-ha!! I envy the confidence she has, especially near the end of the novel. I love her so much! I almost have ALL the originals again and I plan to re-read the HP books this year πŸ˜€

        And of course!😘

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  2. YESSSS TO ALL OF THESE! Esp regarding dimensions to characters – I recently read a book with characters that had ZERO depth to their personalities & it made me so mad! Also I’m so glad you mentioned Blair, her story arc is one of my faves of all time!

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  3. Blair Waldorf is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. You are so right about flaws making a compelling character. Her flaws are what make her such a complex and interesting character! Great post πŸ™‚ xxx

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  4. Such a beautiful post.
    I believe the character that has influenced me the deepest is Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns (if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend!)

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  5. Oh I LOVE this! I agree about all those things that make for relatable characters, and I adore Peeta Mellark with all my heart so I feel you. I think I liked Katniss because she was so very different from me, but also so well developed that it was fine. And now I am trying so hard to think of a character I hated hahah because that seems like good fun!

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    1. Aww, thank you so so much 😘 Peeta is the best 😍😍 I totally agree with you, Katniss was so well fleshed-out! Hahaha, next time I’ll make a list of the characters I couldn’t stand πŸ˜‚


    1. Thank you, it makes me so happy that you enjoyed it 😊 Yeeees, same here! I love shy characters as much as bold ones 😁 Thanks for stopping 😘😘

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  6. I am literally TRASH for book characters! Almost all of my all time favorite books are my favorites because I would literally die for the characters and how well they’re written. I especially am obsessed with characters who seem perfect on the outside but are actually just really sad and going through stuff on the inside. Bonus points if they’re morally grey! I love Basilton Grimm Pitch so much! And I have always loved Hermione because she’s just so smart but honestly she’s really annoying, and I think that’s what the movies failed to portray about her. I also love Inej Ghafa so much. I yearn to have the same endless faith and wisdom she has.

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    1. YEEES! Characters are the heart of the story! 😍😍 Yees, I agree. I like people who seem well-balanced but truly they are just as flawed as anyone! You’re right, Hermione was kinda annoying in the books, we didn’t see that in the movies at all. I love Inej too!! She’s such a great character 😊 Thanks for stopping by 😘😘

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  7. I really enjoyed reading this post! I agree 100%. Characters have to have substance to them and they have to feel REAL for me to enjoy the book, like I can touch them. If they’re not real all they are is just paper and words. For example Cress really is SO relatable and Hermione I adore, they both just come to life on the page!!

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  8. Wonderful post, Marie! I totally agree with all your points. Characters make or break a story for me; if I don’t like them, I always end up disliking the book. And if I like the characters, I can often overlook pacing or plot issues.

    And yesss, fellow Blair Waldorf fan! She’s so insufferable at times, but also so smart and ambitious and kind to the people she really cares about. I love her!

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    1. I’m Nyx but thanks 😁 Totally!! They are the heart of the story 😊 Yeees, I love heeer! 😍😍 She knows what she wants but she’s also complex and flawed. I love those kind of characters!


  9. I love when I can understand a character’s reasoning! That way even if I don’t agree with them, I’ll understand why they’re doing the things they do. I think my favorites are the clueless characters that you want to give a big hug, like Simon Snow from Carry on, and in a way Alex from Red, White, & Royal Blue. They’re just so much fun to read about!

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    1. Yeeees, totally!! Red, White, & Royal Blue is on my TBR, I’m SO excited to get into it πŸ€— Thanks for stopping by 😘😘


  10. Omg, I relate to this so much. I’ve been reading a few books (zooming through them recently), and I haven’t really found characters that I’ve fallen in love with. If I can’t fall in love with them, then I can’t really get into the books as much as I’d like. I have a few books I’ve been waiting out for moments where I needed to read something that was REALLY good. Great post Marie! One of my favorites xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. I’m Nyx but thanks! I’m so happy you liked it 😊 I totally agree with you, I need to connect with the characters to be able to really enjoy the book! I mean they are at the heart of the story! 😁

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  11. I love characters that have gray shades and are morally questionable. When they are fully developed and done right these characters work so well. They make or break the story.

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  12. I agree with all three! SOMETIMES I prefer the ones that reflect my own personality more and I think that’s just because I can relate to it easier. Although, it is nice to read a book with a character who is the opposite – but I don’t like when they’re super cocky. That kind of puts me off because I feel like most people have some self-doubt. Overall though, I’d agree with the three points you made!

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    1. Yaaaay! 😊 Yeees, sometimes I like to be able to relate to the character and what he’s going through and sometimes I like to… I don’t know escape my own personality (I don’t know if that makes sense, haha πŸ™ˆ). And I totally agree with you!! I do not like cocky characters! Thanks for stopping by 😘😘


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