I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week, Dani assigns a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).
Since I often skip a week, I mash the character types Dani assigns into one to create a bonus character type that I include at the end of the post. The title of my post indicates the bonus character type I’ll feature at the end. But for now, here are the topics Dani assigned.
January 17 topic:
A Beloved Sibling
Brother, sister, or a furry sibling, this character can be a protagonist or a minor character. They would totally make the best sibling…
I’m currently relistening A Game of Thrones on audiobook so this answer came to mind as soon as I read the topic because of the scene where Jon gifts Arya Needle and instructs her on how to use it. I just love the fond, tender moments between the Stark children and how much they care for each other.
January 24 topic:
A Character Overrun with Personality
This character totally bowls you over due to their powerful / expressive / in your face personality. Do you enjoy them or are they annoyance incarnate?!
Definitely Evie O’Neill, the protagonist in Libba Bray’s YA supernatural, historical fiction novel The Diviners. It’s about a girl (Evie) who moves to New York following a slight scandal to help out in her uncle’s museum of creepy crawlies but ends up involved in solving a murder. The story is set in the 1920s and Bray does a great job bringing that historical period to life through Evie.
Evie has a lot of personality and though that’s part of the reason why I enjoyed the story, it took a while to get used to because I was annoyed when we first meet her. But she grew on me.
January 31 topic:
A Mischief Maker
Yes, one of those kind of characters that cause problems and glories in the mess they cause! They can be a good guy, totally grey, or black to the bone…
Peeves the Poltergeist
PEEVES!! 😀 He’s one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter books. Though he’s presented in the books for shits and giggles, I think he’s an important character who is underappreciated by most. (He wasn’t even included in the movies. Such blasphemy!)
He’s mischievous and relishes the chaos his antics cause. I love him for this but appreciate him because I think he’s a manifestation of Hogwart’s spirit. I think in some ways Hogwarts is sentient and Peeves is an extension of it. Besides, there must be some sort of reaction to having so many young people in one place fiddling with magic and magical artifacts, especially with all the magical restraints placed on the location to make it unplottable and all the other things Hermione claims Hogwarts: A History says it is.
Mash-up character type:
Let’s see, if I put all those character types together, I get:
A Mischievous Beloved Sibling with Lots of Personality
Fred & George Weasley
My mind is still on the Harry Potter series, so I had to choose these two. They are notorious for their pranks at Hogwarts, at the home, and wherever they happen to be. And though they can be annoying, it’s obvious that they love and care for their siblings and vice-versa. Both have big personalities that dwarf their little brother, Ron, so even without the noticeable family traits — red hair and freckles — they’d be known as the Weasley twins wherever they go.
That’s it for now.
Let me know what your choices for these prompts are.
Also, check out my guest post on Dani’s blog where I list characters I’d love to go on a quest with.