Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Most and Least Favorite Characters

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Wonderful Characters

Sometimes I compile writing notes for myself. I recently found myself thinking about the types of characters that really help create an interesting novel, movie, or TV show. I made my husband help me, and I asked him this question: "Who are your favorite or most hated characters?"

Here's my list:
  • Mr. Wickham (of Pride & Prejudice)-at first he seems wonderful, but then he turns out to be the villain. This type of character is most interesting if the main character discovers Wickham's evil ways before the rest of the characters, allowing the audience to know just what sort of a fellow he is while the other characters fumble along, trusting them like the saps they are.
  • Kronk (of The Emperor's New Grove)/Bolin (of The Legend of Korra)-this character is big, dumb, and loveable. He creates laughs and relieves tension and is truly a worthwhile character because he also has unexpected moments of brilliance or usefulness.
  • Dolores Umbridge (of Harry Potter fame)-she is just so darn evil, and she has the main character right where she wants him. The reader wants to help the main character but is helpless against Umbridge's pure evil. Her appearance is a contradiction to her evil nature. She is not even a powerful person in her own right, but because of the situation, she is all-powerful, and she makes the life of the main character miserable.
  • Hobbes (of Calvin & Hobbes)-he is clever and makes you laugh. He is the best friend who lives in the background of Calvin's larger than life persona. People relate to the way Calvin feels, but Hobbes can see the full truth of the situation and says something hilarious that puts the whole world in perspective. Hobbes is downright insightful.
  • Snape (of Harry Potter)-unrequited love is a very moving thing. Snape's love gives his life purpose, and, in the end, you feel so much for him. He's also interesting because he is a villain too. Even though he turns out to be a hero, I think he made Harry's life miserable enough to consider him the secondary villain of several of the books. Fascinating character.
  • Miss Havisham (of Great Expectations)-the twisted side of unrequited love. An obsessive, insane character who cannot get over past disappointments. For an insane person who lives in the past, she's remarkable good at plotting.
  • Elizabeth Bennet (of Pride & Prejudice)-ok, so I love Lizzy. I don't think she's quite so fascinating as the others on the list, but I needed one positive female character! She's sarcastic and smart. She's a great sister, and a woman who learns from her mistakes.  She also has a "fine set of eyes," and you love her so much that you're ridiculously happy when she gets her Happily Ever After. She is a flawed person, but you understand how she makes her mistakes and you love her for the way she tries to be a better person.
  • Fred & George Weasley-They're on this list, "Because they're f*ing awesome." My husband refused to speak to me if I didn't include them. (Side note: In our copy of the Deathly Hallows, it has been penciled in that the little known Weasley brother Sam died during the scene when most people seem to think Fred died. They're wrong. It was Sam.)
I know, I know. I'm a little Harry Potter heavy. So sue me. ;)

I'm sure I missed a few wonderful, archetypal character types. I'd love for some people to add to my list in the comments below.

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