Chachic, the wonderful presence behind Chachic’s Book Nook, graciously agreed to put together a guest post for me, and she took up the challenge of talking about one of my favorite things in the whole wide world: favorite characters. Specifically, how her favorite characters influence her reading choices. (Thank you, Chachic!) Without further ado…
I love well-written characters in the books that I read. Most of the books in my favorites list are there because of the characters. I’m an escapist reader so I feel like I live vicariously through the characters in the books that I read. When I fall in love with a certain type of character, it makes me more curious about other books with characters who have similar traits. I’m here to talk about how some of my favorite characters have influenced my reading choices.
I make no secret of my love for Eugenides of the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. He’s the character who made me more curious about gentlemen thieves and rogues in court settings. Through recommendations from the LiveJournal community Sounis, I’ve discovered other characters with similarities to Gen such as Miles Vorkosigan of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Series (fondly called by some Sounisians as Gen-in-Space) and Telemakos of the Lion Hunter books by Elizabeth E. Wein (who is Gen-in-Africa in my mind).
Meliara of Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley made me itch to read more books with strong female protagonists in a fantasy world. Give me a book with a capable swordswoman with magic thrown in for good measure and I’m a happy reader. It wouldn’t hurt if there’s an equally fascinating love interest for the main character.
Beauty in Beauty by Robin McKinley, Ella in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and Isi in The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale opened my eyes to the wonderful world of fairy tale retellings. I love fairy tales. I was instantly sold when I discovered that there are books written based on fairy tales out there. I love discovering how an author can change the dynamics of the story using a fairy tale as its basis. Plus, these heroines are no ordinary princesses. They have all sorts of adventures that other meek and dainty princesses can’t even imagine.
It wasn’t until I discovered Taylor in Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and Meg in Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols that I became interested in contemporary YA. Before that, I always used to think that I’m more of a YA fantasy reader. These two gals changed my mind as soon as I read about them and I’m still enjoying so many contemporary YA novels up to now.
Those are some of my favorite characters, there are more but I just wanted to mention the ones that I feel have influenced my reading choices. What about you, who are some of your favorite characters and have they influenced you in choosing the books that you read? Do you recommendations for me based on the characters that I mentioned? Thank you, Chelle, for having me over for a guest post.