I've come to realize there are certain things that usually make me immediately start to love a character. I'm not talking the typical personality traits like brooding or sarcastic---those are broad, and a character can be all those things and still be unlikable. These are kind of my more specific ones.
And mostly because I like sprucing up my TTT posts with some pretty book covers, I've included some books with characters who embody these particular traits. In fact, most of these characters have numerous of these traits since these are some of my absolute favorites for a reason, but including every character for every trait would just get confusing :-P
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week I altered the topic a bit, so my topic is:
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Traits that Make Me Love a Character
10. They’re Self Aware
They’re introspective and know their flaws, their fears, etc., which makes them more capable of taking responsibility for things and changing.
Character with This Trait: Alivia from House of Royals Series by Keary Taylor
9. They’re Emotional
I can’t stand emotionless characters. I love when characters have emotions and aren’t afraid of them because that makes them real and relatable.
Character with This Trait: Jehenne from Les Corbeaux: The French Vampire Legend by Emma V. Leech
8. They Have Respect for Everyone, Regardless of Age, Gender, Race, Etc.
This should be a given, and most protagonists are not racist, sexist, ageist, etc., but some are, and these things can be subtle, and some characters seem to shine with this trait more than others.
Character with This Trait: Cal from City of Crows Series by Clara Coulson
7. They’re Understanding and Accepting of Others
This may seem similar to the above, but it’s a more personal thing. These are the characters who can know a person’s individual flaws and still not judge them for them.
Character with This Trait: Sasha from The Incubus Saga by Amanda Meuwissen
6. They’re Honest
I’m talking brutally honest. Honesty is HUGE to me, so I’m talking those characters who don’t play games, the ones who say what they mean and mean what they say.
Character with This Trait: Adrian from The Nightlife San Antonio by Travis Luedke
5. They Stand Up for Themselves
They don’t let people tell them what to do, they don’t take crap from alpha males, they stand up for their choices, their bodies, their lives.
Character with This Trait: America from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
4. They Have Their Priorities Straight
They don’t get overdramatic about little things, they don’t worry about looking pretty when someone’s dying, they just know what’s important.
Character with This Trait: Victoria from The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series by Colleen Gleason
3. They Get Proactive and Make Things Happen Instead of Waiting for Help
Instead of waiting around for an opportunity, they make their own opportunities. But they’re also willing to accept help when they need it because everyone needs it sometimes.
Character with This Trait: Grateful from Knight Games Series by Genevieve Jack
2. Their Greatest Strength is Their Mind
These are the characters who are ridiculously intelligent and observant, the ones who piece things together, figure things out, get creative, come up with solutions, and are always ten steps ahead of everyone.
Character with This Trait: Jeatar from The Healing Wars Series by Janice Hardy
1. They’re Just Themselves and Don’t Care What People Think
These are the characters who are quirky or weird or different or don’t care what’s socially acceptable because they’re just going to be their true, honest selves, and what other people might think doesn’t even factor in.
Character with This Trait: Emery from The Paper Magician Series by Charlie N. Holmberg