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?


  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.

  2. Good at heart con-artists baby!

  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?

  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*

  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. ;)

  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. :)

  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!

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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?

  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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