Hey there, reader. If you’re here reading this, thank you for popping in. Visit anytime. Today we’re all about a popular bookworm meme, even though I’m expanding that because when it comes to favorite character traits, I tend to notice them more in “moving pictures” versus the paper and ink kind of stories. Here’s the official topic.
To be honest, the plan was to skip today’s topic altogether. This reason was twofold. One being I’m trying to skip some weekly posts (like Top Ten Tuesday) now and again so that I can still have fun with them (without the constant self-imposed pressure to post one every single week). Secondly, I just didn’t think this topic was a good fit for me. Here’s why.
Much as I love characters in certain stories, I don’t feel like I can always pinpoint the why I love these characters. Or to fit inside the box of today’s prompt, I cannot say what character traits I love best about them. I do however think I can say this with more confidence about characters I meet on my TV screen, most especially in TV shows that we get five, six, seven, eight (and on!) seasons of .
This means I’m bending the rules (what else is new??) of today’s ask to include some characters from TV, and I’ll try to find some of the bookish characters with traits I like to fit in, too!
Here we go with a mere four characteristics I like when it comes to characters. Or my best attempt at it since I likely don’t know what I’m talking about. (Also, my list is probably a bit… boring since I don’t like villains!)
Top Ten Tuesday October 8: Favorite Character Traits I Love
1: The Amateur Sleuth
I so enjoy the trope that is an amateur sleuth. Perhaps part of this is that I’ve seen a few too many shows with this as the lead character. Either way, I still like it!
A few of the favorites I’ve met along the way include Drew Farthering (from the ‘Drew Farthering’ series); Miss Fisher (from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries); Herringford and Watts (from the Herringford and Watts series); Agatha Raisin (from Agatha Raisin); Matt Shade (from Private Eyes); and I’d guess others I’m neglecting because isn’t the cozy mystery genre fun?
2: The Bookworm (aka one of my most favorite character traits!)
I mean, really, does this one need any explanation? When we meet people, even characters on a page, who we can relate to (aka the bookworm), it makes the experience all the more fun.
Just to name a few characters, these might include Juliet Ashton (from ‘Guernsey‘); Nora Bradford (from True to You); Belle (from Beauty and the Beast); Jane(from Austenland); Lara Jean Covey (from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before); Catherine Morland(ITV’s Northanger Abbey); and likely so many others.
3: The Geek
I mean, really, who doesn’t love these characters? I always use this (or nerd) as a term of endearment, and find this characteristic produces some of my most favorite characters. To me, this doesn’t always mean the character is a “literal” nerd, or a science buff, it’s more of the studious, cute and sometimes bumbling characters. I love so many favorite characters with these types of characteristics.
Some of the characters I think of as fitting this description are Adam (from CSI: NY); Jessica Day (from New Girl); Harriet Manners (from Geek Girl); Oliver O’Toole (from Signed, Sealed, Delivered); Betty Suarez (from Ugly Betty); among others!
4: The Noble Protector
If you judge this one by my “definition,” some would probably call this characteristic “boring” because I also associate it with a rule-follower, and moral person. To me a person with a moral compass who doesn’t compromise is one of the best kinds of character examples. This doesn’t mean the character isn’t flawed or is never wrong, it’s just that they have a code, they follow it, and they live by these standards, which often also means they’re a kind of protector character.
Some of the characters I’m placing in this group is John Lawson (from True to You); Detective Mac Taylor (CSI: NY); Steve Rogers aka Captain American (from MCU); and plenty more I wish I could think of. (My brain is, for some mysterious reason, not engaged.)
*no Top Ten Tuesday video this week; channel linked above
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OK, so now the comments are yours! Do you find yourself picking out character traits you love from books? Or like me, more from film and TV? What kinds of characteristics do you love best? How did you spin the ‘favorite character traits’ prompt today? Comment below with all of your thoughts. If you have a blog or joined in the Top Ten Tuesday meme, leave your links below. It may take me an entire week, but I’d love to come by and visit your bookish spaces.
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