Inquiring minds want to know: What's YOUR favorite kind of character?

Hello, lovely readers!

Seeing as this is, at least in part, a writing blog, and seeing as there has been an inordinate amount of me smeared over it lately, I thought this would be a good time to do a mini-blog series on character types.

To that end, I need your feedback (yes, even you lurkers.)

What is your favorite type of character? Do you like the handsome-yet-tormented heroes? The good-at-heart-con artists? The can-survive-anything-including-an-apocalypse types?  Cast your vote today!

As for me, two of my favorite character types are the Everyman, and the Super-Competent.  (This is probably an indicator that I'm schizophrenic, but since all writers are a little mad, I try not to worry too much about it.)

What's your favorite character?

16 comments:

  1. Hey, the Everyman is TOTALLY my favorite character, too! But I also have a soft spot in my heart for the not-actually-a-bad-guy thief-type character, like Silk in all those David Eddings books.

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  2. Good at heart con-artists baby!

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  3. Wow that is a loaded question. Lol! I like a myriad of character types, hence why I try to include one of everything into my writing...

    My fave... my fave... hmm...

    It would have to be the Strong-but-tortured-by-love type. Does that make sense?

    And Wendy, I absolutely ADORE Silk. ;) He was an awesome character, wasn't he?

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  4. Wendy- Ooo, I love that type! Especially since they have all those cool skills. (I think I may have to read me some Eddings now.)

    Rachel- Yah! You need to read Heist Society by Ally Carter. It's kind of a teenage version of the Italian Job, and it's AWESOME!

    Caledonia- Tortured is always a popular one. :) Especially when the strong, tortured character is also tall, dark and handsome... *grin*

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  5. Hehe... oh yes, my tortured character is tall, dark and handsome, mysterious and well... not exactly immortal but he has been blessed with longevity. ;)

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  6. My first thought was "The Villain!" What does that say about me? :)

    Seriously though, I can't help liking an intelligent, calm, and creepily bad villain. :) Provided he/she's not a kid killer or rapist or something. No way. But espionage, organized crime, misguided revolutionary? Oh yeah. :)

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  7. Caledonia- Ha, I knew I forgot something! Tortured characters are much better when they're also mysterious and long-lived. They should also be experts at brooding, and hint darkly about dreadful secrets in their pasts. :)

    Renee- You're secretly evil, that's what that says. But fortunately, that's also a good writer trait. *giggle* I have to agree with you though, a clever, unflappable villain is a delight. Especially when they get stomped at the end!

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  8. I love the Trickster characters, like Howl from Howl's Moving Castle or Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner's Thief series. But I think my favorite characters are those who have really, really messed up, but manage to redeem themselves.

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  9. I love the insecure, doubting characters who find their inner strength through the challenges they face in the story.

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  10. Maureen- Tricksters make me laugh. :) And I like the other one too. What would you call that? The Redemption Story? I'm always fascinated to see how they manage to pull themselves out of the mess.

    Natalie- The Coming-of-Age or Coming-Into-Power character is such a good type, and really popular with people. I think because most people on some level are insecure and doubting and it's lovely to read about characters who are too, but become strong in the end.

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  11. I'm all for the apocalypse survivors- especially Margaret Atwood style.
    I'm also a sucker for bookish characters- like Anne Shirley, Meg Austin, Catherine Morland, etc.

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  12. I'm a fan of the average Joe... but only if they're thrust into life-altering almost insurmountable challenges that show they're a bit more than meets they eye.

    Otherwise I prefer the melancholic type that is full of insururity and quirky ticks.

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  13. Oooh, and I also like those characters that seem competent on the surface, but as you get to know them, there's something that's not quite right.

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  14. Lianne- Hooray for Anne Shirley! Though I must say, when I read the books again this year, I kept thinking about how different the pre-WWI world was from how we live now. Back when funerals were planned like parties and the world was "too sane for war".

    It seems like a nice place, but I'm not sure I'd want to live there...

    Nic- Not quite right as in secretly insane? Or are you talking about characters that are super put-together and then the cracks start to show and suddenly they're falling apart?

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  15. I like the very intelligent, organized serial killer that really is for the most part smarter than law enforcement. He or she is a successful sociopath that blends in as the average Joe. He or she can’t be a cannibal or kill kids. However, the more unique the methods and pattern the better.

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