It’s time to talk about characters! Everyone loves a good character, right? I know I do.
One of the difficulties with this post in particular is that there are multiple different ways to “like” a character. Sometimes I like a character for who they are, and I probably want to be best friends with them. Sometimes I think a character is complex and interesting, but I don’t necessarily like them as a person. Sometimes I find a character complex and I like them as a person. Sometimes I like a whole group of characters, their dynamic, how they interact and work together, etc. more so than any one individual character.
The other difficulty is that, this year, I read a lot of books that had amazing, complex characters who felt like real people and books with whole casts of characters I just adored, so the competition was tough! There were a lot that almost made it but didn’t quite make it into this post. I also wanted to included some characters from games and visual novels I played since of them had great characters too. But never fear, I have at least whittled it down to ten books/series/games because end-of-the-year lists are just that important ;-)
Anyway, in no particular order, here are my favorite characters this year!
Fred – Fred, The Vampire Accountant
Fred is so honest and good, and he’s humble, to boot. Plus he’s loyal to his friends and the people who’ve become his found family.
Darren – Mongrels
Darren stole the show in this book. He loves attention, so he’d be happy to be on this list, I think. He’s a mess and a half who’s done some bad things, but he’d do anything for his family, and I can’t help but like the guy.
Liam – Monster Prom
Monster Prom is a game, not a book, but I love this hipster vampire too much to leave him out! I love every ridiculous, pretentious, hilarious thing that comes out of his mouth, and I especially love it when he blushes and pretends not to enjoy things that he’s not-so-secretly enjoying.
Remus – Harry Potter
Remus has been one of my all-time favorites for a while now. He made mistakes when he was younger, but he learned from them and became a better person. He was good and kind and didn’t let the way others treated him take those parts of him away.
All the Women – Dead Indian Wars
This book is set in a lawless Old West afterlife filled mostly with men, so you can imagine how tough it would be for the few women who are stuck there. But damn, did they did kick ass in this book! From “Gut-Shot Granny” (so named because she shoots people in the gut) to a sharp-shooting prostitute, these women really showed up the men, in my opinion.
Bemelle – Lake of Voices
Lake of Voices is another game-not-book (a visual novel), but man, its one with characters that completely gripped my heart, and I think I might be in love with Bemelle. He’s beautiful on the outside and the inside. He has a temper sometimes, but only because he’s passionate and cares about other people. And he’s able to admit to his mistakes and be better when he does something wrong. He’s got a good heart.
Everyone – Thieves Series
I swear every time I read this series, I end up with a new favorite character, but they never replace the old favorite. It’s like I’m just collecting favorites. At this point, they’re pretty much all my favorites.
Jakub & Cheshire – Bang! Bang! BOOM!
I love these boys! Chesh is charismatic and jovial but hides his worries behind his smile, Jakub is a lovable grumpster who hides his care behind his scowl, and they’re absolutely adorable together.
Sir Robot IV – Saga Vol. 9
He’s complex and dynamic and terrible and good and sarcastic and sweet and funny and sad, and I love him for it. He’s flawed and messed up and broken, but he’s trying, and I love him for that too.
Vaun, Fay, & Samuel – Detox in Letters
Oh gosh, I love so many characters in this series. Fay is fierce and knows how to get what she wants but still has a caring side. Samuel has this whole mysterious air and maybe a bit of a playful side and is intelligent, loyal, and always on top of things. But Vaun is my favorite in the series. He’s silly and vain and shameless (the author’s word, and a perfect one), but he’s also compassionate and brave and overall such a complex character.
Check Out the Rest of My 2018 Top Ten Posts!
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2018 – Runners Up
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2018
Top Ten Characters from Books I Read (and Games I Played) in 2018
Top Ten Books I Read in 2018 (+ Some Non-Bookish Things)