It’s hard to nail down just a few favorite characters from a lifetime of reading. But there is always a common theme among my favorite characters; they are ones I remember long after I finish the book. They may be strong, or quirky, or funny, or unique, possibly all those things. For sure they are more than one-dimensional. They don’t just lie on the page. They are living, breathing people that readers like me want to get to know and spend some time with. Here are a few of my all-time favorites:
Jane Eyre – “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. If you want to read about a strong character, especially a strong female character, Jane’s your girl. Somehow she manages to survive her childhood with a miserable aunt and three loathsome cousins. But she never collapses under their cruelty; she maintains her dignity, always demanding to be treated fairly. Later when she meets Rochester, she’s all set to marry him until she discovers the truth about the crazy person in the attic. Jane has enough pride to leave him, knowing she deserves better. Tough cookie, that one. Love her!
Jane Mercedes Chadwick – “Hot Target” by Suzanne Brockmann. Actually, almost any character written by Suzanne Brockmann is memorable. But I like Jane because she’s tough and strong (I detect a theme here). She’s a screenwriter and a movie producer, and she plays the part of the party girl in order to fit in with the Hollywood types and get her movie made. She’s determined to reach her goals and is willing to do almost anything to get her movie made. But she has integrity, and she loves her brother and will do anything for him, making her a character readers love and want to root for. Go Jane!
Wulfric Bedwyn – “Slightly Dangerous” by Mary Balogh. I love the “Slightly” series about the Bedwyn brothers and sisters. Wulfric is the oldest and inherits the title of the Duke of Bewcastle at a very young age. He’s now responsible for the running of the estate, and the welfare of all his tenants and employees. He also feels responsible for his younger brothers and sisters. All this responsibility changes him from a carefree youth to a sober adult. Most people consider him cold, perhaps even heartless, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is the façade he feels he must maintain. He loves his brothers and sisters deeply and would do anything for them. He resigns himself to the belief that he will likely never marry because he could only marry a woman he genuinely loves, a soul mate. Luckily for him, he finds his soul mate in Christine. He will always be the formidable Duke of Bewcastle, but with the love of a good woman to bring out the laughter in him, he can also be himself, Wulfric Bedwyn.
One of my favorite characters from my own work is Anthony Dipietro from my latest release “There Goes the Groom”. Tony makes a huge mistake. He leaves Olivia at the altar because he believes she really doesn’t want to marry him, and is only going through with the marriage because she doesn’t know how to get out of it. Tony can’t bear the thought of pushing Olivia into a marriage she doesn’t want, even though he loves her to distraction. He willingly bears the brunt of the criticism from Olivia’s family, from their friends, and especially from his own family, in order to spare her.
Eight years later, circumstances throw them together. Tony discovers that he’s still in love with Olivia, but she’s engaged to someone else, so she’s strictly hands-off. But there’s something not quite right about this engagement. Olivia and her fiancé don’t act like a couple in love. Olivia has decided that what she needs this time is someone safe. She needs a man who will be steady and loyal, not someone who makes her go up in flames with a simple touch. Passion can’t be trusted. Tony sets out to convince her that she can have steady and loyal as well as passion.
Who are some of your favorite characters from books, TV or movies? Why are they your favorite? To celebrate the recent release of “There Goes the Groom” I will give a PDF copy of the book to one commenter on today’s blog. Be sure to leave your email address. Read an excerpt and a blurb here. Cheers!