I don’t know about you guys but characters can be the deciding factor in whether I like a book or not. A good book should let you feel what the character feels and almost make it like you are joining them on their journey. There are some beautifully written characters out there, and one of the things that makes them is their traits. Are they sarcastic? Loyal? Do they never have a plan? A good character trait should make you love/hate the character exactly how the author intended it to be.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is all about character traits that I love. There are sooo many characters traits out there, so I’m going to try and focus this around some of my favourite literary characters and what traits they have.
Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl and you should definitely go give her blog some love.
Really? Yes! I LOVE a sarcastic character. I’m quite sarcastic myself so these are the characters I find myself bonding with easily. My friends tell me sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, and I simply reply that I am just catering to my audience! I think the first time I experienced sarcasm in a character was Ron Weasley from Harry Potter. His lines had me laughing out loud at points.
“I’ve still got ten galleons” Hermione said checking her purse. “It’s my birthday in December, and mum and dad gave me some money to get an early birthday present.”
“How about a nice book?” Said Ron innocently.
Kind of the other side of sarcasm but boy do I love a witty character. Those little one liners that have you laughing out loud. Some of my favourite characters have some exceedingly witty lines including; Cassian (ACOTAR), Lila Bard (ADSOM) and Falcio (Greatcoats.) Here are a few examples of their wit in full force!
“I’ve been living with Mor for five hundred years. I’ve learned the hard way not to question shoe choices.However stupid they may be.”
“I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.”
“I apologize for shooting you in the leg.” said Lila. “I was myself entirely.”
“Everyone shush now,’ I said, taking a step towards the guards. ‘I’m about to be impressive.”
Theres nothing like a good practical joke to relieve a bit of tension. My two favourite practical jokers have to be the Weasley twins. Between sending Harry a toilet seat as a get well present, creating the worlds best firework display & un-removable bog to get back at Umbridge or that time they turned Ron’s teddy into a spider! They have some truly good jokes going, but they’re not the only ones:
“A coffin… I’m in a coffin.
The stories told to frighten children and old men, of warriors injured in battle and believed dead by their comrades, only to wake up buried six feet beneath the ground, assailed me and i started to breathe too quickly, using too much air. Already i felt as if i was suffocating, trapped underground. Had they thought i’d lost too much blood? Was my heartbeat too soft or slow? Could Kest and Brasti truly have been foolish enough to think that-?
I bellowed, and the sound of my voice echoed over the surface of the wood around me, “I’m going to fucking kill you this time you heartless son of a bitch!”
A distant guffaw was followed by the sound of footsteps running towards me and brasti calling, “Hang on, hang on, I’m coming…”
Blinding candlelight forced me to close my eyes as my prison lifted off me, and when i opened them again i saw that i hadn’t actually been inside the coffin at all- Brasti had just removed the lid from one and flipped the rest over top of me.” – Sebastien De Castell The Greatcoats
Now for the slightly more serious stuff! I love a good swoon worthy romance, and am lucky enough that some of my favourite authors have created some truly romantic characters to swoon over. Though I wouldnt class myself as a ‘Romance’ reader, I love it being included in a book as a sub-plot. Below are some of my favourite romantic quotes:
“He would see her again. He knew he would. Magic bent the world. Pulled it into shape. There were fixed points. Most of the time they were places. But sometimes, rarely, they were people. For someone who never stood still, Lila felt like a pin in Kell’s world. One he was sure to snag on.”
― Victoria Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic
“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin
“My knuckles skimmed over the edges of the sun tattooed over his heart. That was the last thing I noticed before I kissed him.
His jaw tensed in surprise for a moment; his hand gripped my arm hard enough to hurt. And then his body was flush against mine, pushing me back against the wall of the train.
I was a desert girl. I thought I knew heat.
I was wrong”
― Alwyn Hamilton, Rebel of the Sands
I count myself incredibly lucky to have so many beautifully written books, by both men and women, that contain some truly strong female characters. Whether in physical or mental strength, there are a multitude of books that show us the true strength we women possess, and here are some of my favourites:
“All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”
― Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale
“I realized, that she had been spoon-fed a story from the day she was born. She had been taught no other way to be. And yet, I saw that despite everything, some part of her was self-made. This part, small as it appeared at first, was forged in the fire of her own strength, and resisted her cage. And I understood…that this part was made of steel. The part who she truly was.”
― Samantha Shannon, The Priory of the Orange Tree
“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass