Monday, September 20, 2010

Musing Mondays (22)

Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

What makes you love / hate a character in a book?

Character development is a big issue for me. If the main character doesn't change (or at least learn something important), I'm left wondering what the point of the story was.

A book with a main character I loved was Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. By the end of the story, Sam Kingston was not the same person she'd started out as. Watching her change made me care about her.

A book (series) with a character I hated was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Bella Swan was essentially the same all the way through (personality-wise, anyway). After four books, I really hadn't formed any attachment to her and was actually rooting for the villain to do away with her. The author couldn't make me care.


  1. Yes, I enjoyed watching Sam grow as well in Before I Fall. While I definitely didn't like her at the beginning, the way Oliver showed us she was gradually changing made me actually like Sam as a person by the end.

  2. Bella in the book was alright...I hated the casting for the movie though.Here is my Musing for Monday.

  3. It depends with me too! Somethimes I don't mind that the character is undeveloped, but that's always with characters in short stories.

    My best friend doesn't like Bella either. She totally hates this character. I think she's okay, yes she can be very blah and just so destructive, but hey I forgive her for her flaws! ;)lol