HEIDI: It’s still our Month of Love, so continuing with that theme…in the past we’ve talked about love triangles, and this past week we took a look at first love, but today I wanted to veer away from romance and talk about character love. And before Kati starts going on about Numair–
KATI: Hey! >: (
HEIDI: What I mean by “character love” is that moment when you as a reader love a character. It doesn’t have to be “fall in love with a character,” just that you feel that connection where you want this character to succeed because you care about him/her so much.
KATI: There are lots of reasons to like a character – they can be funny or charming, or you can be impressed with their determination. Or maybe they’re just a really good person. Usually there can be a number of scenes that lead you to love the character, but sometimes there’s one particular moment that will win you over.
HEIDI: For example, when I was reading “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan (if you haven’t read it yet, stop reading this post and pick up a copy right now. Seriously, it’s that good), I liked the main character, Mary, well enough. She could be a little selfish, but she was just struggling to survive and understand her crazy world.
But, there’s this one scene where she’s climbing up a ladder into the attic of a house, trying to escape from the hordes of the undead while her dog stays below, ready to fight them off. In the back of my mind I knew how this was going to pan out – the dog was going to buy her enough time to get away, sacrificing himself in the process because honestly, dogs aren’t too good at climbing ladders. However… <mini spoiler alert>
…instead, Mary grabs a sheet from the attic, leaps back down, scoops her dog up in the sheet and carries him up the ladder. Yes, she goes back to save the dog, and in that moment I loved her. She could cause all sorts of emotional mayhem and damage, but she had gone back for the dog so I would root for her all the way.
KATI: When reading The Shifter by Janice Hardy I pretty much had instant love for the main character because of the opening scene. There’s something completely charming about the way she thinks when she’s caught with someone else’s chicken under her arm while trying to steal some eggs for breakfast.
It’s not always the actions that make a character likeable, but their thoughts. And Nya from The Shifter definitely has some of the most charming thoughts of any character that I have ever read about. Plus her love and devotion to her sister make her even more loveable. If you haven’t read this book yet, you are totally missing out.
What about you? Any scenes stick out in your mind where you went – yes, I love that character?