The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!
This Week’s Question
What are your favorite characteristics of a main character?
Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.
Oooo, this is a really great question! I had to have a think to really pinpoint down what makes me love a character.
Thinking of some of my favorite main characters, one thing that jumps out to me is that they tend to be bookish. It’s probably because I find it easy to connect to characters that have something in common with me. Take, for example, Zachary Ezra Rawlins from The Starless Sea. I immediately connected to his character because he reminded me so much of myself when I was in college. That was in no small part due to his love of books (and video games, too). So if you give me a MC that loves reading, we’re already off to a good start.
Something else I find I enjoy in my main characters is a willingness to adapt and learn. Characters who are open to realizing they don’t know everything and are willing to learn from others always find a way into my heart. Probably because I strongly dislike close-minded people in real life, so why would I want to read about a main character who exhibits that attribute? I also just really love following a character’s journey when they are learning a new skill or adapting to a new situation. I find that so interesting and it helps to explore who they are, as well.
I also love reading about main characters that come from diverse backgrounds! Especially since that’s not something that I got to enjoy a lot when I was growing up. Now that we’re getting more and more diverse books, I want to consume them all so that they keep coming! I’ve found some of my favorite characters when reading diverse books and I love that for me.