There are many different characters I love for many different reasons… one, including Katherine Pierce. Weird… I know. I’m sorry.
The question that needs exploring is WHY. If you ever want to write your own stuff, it is very important to venture into the question of why people like certain characters, and how can looking at ‘WHY’ improve your own characters.
Let’s start with Katherine, Klaus, Murphy, and Draco. Let’s throw in Damon as well.
No matter how mean and manipulative these peeps are, people will ALWAYS love them. (Katherine, not so much.) But why? Because they have layers… they have a past which has turned them into the way they are today. Because they are so extreme, that means their pasts were extreme and complicated, and that is what makes them interesting. We always just love the bad guys because they are bad. They are care free (or so it seems), and sassy. We love that. I am not totally sure why but we do. The reason I like Katherine’s character is because she’s interesting – and she is interesting because she is kind of psycho. Which really adds to the story. She honestly just wants to be loved by Stefan but is SO unhealthy and messed up that she will never achieve that which is killing her inside. We also have so much love for these characters that we are always striving for them to turn to the good side because we want to see them happy. This makes us viewers very engaged in the characters, which is exactly what we want. This is why Damon has so many fans, because in a sense he was bad turned good. And we love it because we travelled with him through the entirety of this. Draco on the other hand, will probably always be a jerk. But we will always love him. Why? Because he never had a choice… he didn’t choose to be this way. He was grown up in it.
To Rose, Adrian and Bellamy 🙂
Why do I love Rose so much. Well, she has spunk. She has sass. She has heart and she has drive. She is not just a boring, hero-like character. She has flaws but she also has unique personality traits – like her strength. (Emotionally and physically.) I felt like she was my best friend throughout the series – I felt as if I knew her. We got to see the way her mind works which made the whole journey better. (Take note, wannabee writers). Adrian is just the best. He has SO MUCH character. The way he dresses, what he drinks, the way he smokes, his insecurities and securities – these all build up who he is. He is such a unique character and I applaud Richelle Mead for that. His mind doesn’t make sense a lot of the time, which is why we love him so much and why we feel for him. I also just love his cockiness. He knows he’s hot, and he’s not afraid to say the obvious. Bellamy started out as a real jerk, but even as a jerk I loved him. He had motives close to his heart for everything he did and does, and is very loyal to his sister and just wants to protect her and his people. I think he is also scared but is strong enough to do what needs to be done. I like this about him.
As we can see, something that all these characters have in common is unique personality straights and rich history/backstories. A character becomes so much more lovable when we glimpse into their past hardships and see why they are the way they are. We also love REAL traits, not just cliche heroic or villainess traits. Hope you liked my thoughts for today! Happy character creating!
P.S – I need a good book to read next. I realize I haven’t finished the books on my reading list but they are all at home 😦 perks of college. Anyway, I would love some suggestions.