Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Why I Love Wednesdays...Imperfect Characters

Whoohoo, it's Wednesday.  I know I shouldn't be too excited, it's not like it is Friday, but it is the next best thing.  I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays.  Last week I picked a particular genre that I loved (historical fiction).  You can find that here if you missed it.  This week's topic is types of characters.

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Why I love...Imperfect Characters!
I love feeling that special connection with the characters in the books I'm reading, but I especially love those characters that are....hmmm, How do I say this?  Well, characters that are HUMAN.  Some characters are oh so beautiful, terribly witty, and perfectly moral and sure to do all the right things.  Oh it can't be helped and it's not that I dislike those character but I don't LOVE them.  I want to read about characters who aren't necessarily the prettiest, smartest, or best at everything.  Maybe they don't have it all or maybe they have bad traits with the good. *gasp!

I love characters like Scarlet from Gone with the Wind, who has to be the most selfish person in the history of the --okay so I am exaggerating.  Scarlet may be selfish but she has this inner drive, backbone, and perseverance that I can't help but admire.

Stephanie in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series loves cake, can't keep a car alive to save her life, and can't get the relationship with Morrelli to work because...well I don't know her exact problem with that but she has one.

Oh and since I let the out of the bag about my love for The Rawhide Man, I might as well tell you that both Beth and Jude have so much pride that they keep themselves from being happy.

I can keep going and going but ultimately I love imperfect characters because I can identify with them.  They have insecurities, bad habits, and eat ice cream just like I do.  I see myself in them or I can just understand their stories better.  I can escape completely into their world and leave my skeptical, eye-brow raised facial expressions at the door.   The characters are endearing and live with their mistakes.

Give me Jo (from Little Women) in her scorched dress and her dreadful temper any day.  There is a little imperfection in all of us.

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