The Influence Of Characters

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There is no better feeling than reading a good book. Books are handheld portals that send us to worlds we never knew existed. As readers, we become enchanted by the spellbinding powers contained on every page.

When you think about your favorite book, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Nine times out of ten, the answer is usually a character. Just think about it, the greatest books aren’t really remembered for their plot, but for their characters. I can’t explain why, but there’s just something about a well-written character that hooks and reels us in. Maybe it’s because within them, we see a piece of ourselves.

Let’s take a look at the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The first thing we think about are the characters. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Snape, Hagrid, and Dumbledore are all unique and have something special to offer us. The story of Harry Potter is extraordinary, yet the characters outshine it. Characters become best friends with the reader as they journey together from the first page to the very last. Together, we share hearty chuckles and cry painful tears. We’re put under a spell by their authenticity and sometimes know them better than they know themselves. Like a friend in real life, they may do something shocking and we say we’ll never forgive them, yet we do so anyway. It’s true love. We root for characters and hope they achieve their dreams, the same way we hope to achieve our own one day.

The same trend of character is used with movies and tv shows. When you think about your favorite movie or tv show, the characters come to mind right away. The Joker from Batman, Jack Bauer from 24, and Peter Griffin from Family Guy all have a seductive aspect to them, making us fall head over heels.

Who is a character that has impacted you and made you feel attached? What is it about them that you love so much? Leave a comment below.

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3 thoughts on “The Influence Of Characters

  1. David Weber’s Honor Harrington is my hands-down favorite character in fiction. She’s just so real and human and imperfect, she challenges me to be better.

  2. If you’re talking TV, I have to say Veronica Mars impacted me the most. This sympathetic but strong character didn’t stay a victim but overcame her past to stand up and fight for herself and others. I model my own protagonist after her.
    In YA lit, Saba in Blood Red Road by Moira Young is my most recent strong female protag. She never feels sorry for herself (like I detest in Katniss) but overcomes adversity and hardships with tenacity.

  3. I have to say Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books. He’s a glorious character, fighting to free himself from his tragic and horrific past of cruelty and abuse. He rises above it and becomes so much more than a victim, he helps lead others in journeys much too difficult to handle on their own so they can heal themselves.

    Aside from that, he sounds SUPER hot. 😛

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