For me, characters make the story. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of character-driven plot. Here’s a list of some of my fictional homies:
Wolf is the captain of the Sea Wolf, the boat in the novel …Sea Wolf. He’s masculine, tough, and almost a little animal in his nature. His simple, primordial drive is what draws me to him, however, and the novel does an incredible job of studying his character.
A lot of people hate this guy. And I can see hating him. I can’t see why so many people do, however, since I think most people can relate to him on one level or another. He’s angsty, he’s foul-mouthed, but he’s an excellent narrator. The opening to The Catcher in the Rye is often listed as one of the best novel openings of all time.
He represents letting your inner animal out, being the human you wish you were. Tyler represents freedom, expression, uninhibited mischief.
She’s fierce, bitchy, manipulative, and tough as nails when she has to be.
The first time I read Pride and Prejudice, I was aghast at this guy’s arrogance and unfriendliness. Then, much like every other woman ever to walk this earth, I fell madly in love with Mr. Darcy by the end of the book. I was shocked by my change of feelings, just like Elizabeth Bennet.
Dally was an instant favorite characters when I first read The Outsiders in middle school. He’s emotionally repressed and macho to a fault, but his love for Johnny leads to his heartbreaking suicide-by-cop at the end of the book.
Minny represents not backing down, and making bitches (literally) eat your shit when they do you wrong.
This one might be a touch obscure, but one of my favorite fictional characters is a rodent. Ben from Willard is an enormous, terrifying rat. The main character, Willard, has a special place in his heart for just one of his buck-toothed pets, however, and that’s Socrates. Ben is, in his beady-eyed way, clearly jealous of this bond, and though he works hard seemingly to win Willard’s heart, he’s constantly overlooked. He’s quiet, speculative, and wins in the end.
Who are some of your favorite fictional characters and why?