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When you are reading, what make a character compelling to you? Is it the same aspects that make a character you are writing compelling?
“Unlike many readers I don't want to see myself in the role of the hero. I want characters who have something I don't, something real, unique and different. I love getting to learn about someone who is unlike myself and broaden my horizons.”
“I enjoy characters that are multi-dimensional. They have to charm me, but they also have to make me want to smack them in the head when they make mistakes. No one’s perfect, so characters shouldn’t be, either.”
“A believable character, even if the world is not. I hope so.”
“I don’t like characters who are perfect. I want them to have flaws, just like normal people do. I also don’t like it when characters are always good or always bad. I want them to have layers. Maybe a character is mostly a good person, but is there something that could convince the person to do something bad even though they think they’re justified in their actions? Does the bad guy have a weakness that shows why they do the things they do?”
“Characters that are compelling to me have flaws and problems that affect real people every day. I’d take a character with some deep, dark secret over a popular female high school student with a nasty mean streak.”
“Chatty, witty, thoughtful characters that take risk and seek thrills. You know the mad kind. Not really my characters, I don’t force them, they are.”
“My characters are a mixture of personalities I have encountered in my life. I think I draw a lot from people that have crossed my path throughout my life. However, I create a character from different character traits of more than 1 person.”
“Yes, I think so. I don’t like characters to be wholly good or wholly bad. I hate the perfect guy who never puts a foot wrong. Again, it’s not realistic, and it’s entirely one-dimensional. Guys mess up. Girls mess up. Everyone does. It makes for a very dull, very predictable book. I love characters who are flawed and tortured, and who take some figuring out. It’s great if a character can flat-out floor you with their actions when you expect them to do something completely different.”
“Someone who’s believable, makes decisions based on their motivation, and is real. I do my best to write my characters the same way.”
“Pretty much… I like a strong heroine or hero who is passionate and driven. Whiny, weak minded, wishy – washy MC’s grate on my nerves. I also look for a human element, something that connects them to me in a personal way. If I can say to myself, “Yeah, I know exactly how he/she feels, I’ve been there too,” I’m pretty much sold on the character.”
–Amy Maurer Jones
“I relate most to a character I find like myself. I know that’s a bit self-centered, but it’s the truth. I like characters that I can see myself in. The more I can relate to a character the more I like them. That’s why I’m in love with each and everyone one of my characters, because they hold a part of me in them. I pour a certain part of my soul into each of my characters, making them close to my heart no matter what.”
“I like to know the character’s back story…at least know what makes them the character they are. Yes, I do try my best to give my readers character depth.”
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