Why likable, authentic personalities matter
This list compiles the authors and books that perhaps every writer should study. Everyone should read to figure what makes these characters different.
The ultimate list of characters that I wish I knew:
- Holden Caulfield (J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye)
- Andrew "Ender" Wiggin (Orson Scot Card's Ender's Game)
- Jonas (Lois Lowry's The Giver)
- Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallark (Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games)
- Kenny (Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watson's Go to Birmingham -1963)
- Beatrice 'Tris" Prior (Veronica Roth's The Divergent)
- Will Grayson (John Green and David Leviathan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson)
- Miles Halter (John Green's Looking for Alaska)
- Huck Finn (Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
- Titus (M.T. Anderson's Feed)
- Matteo Alacrán (Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion)
I know I am missing some. Any suggestions?
Why other opinions help
This is why the perspective of a beta reader helps. A writer may become too enthralled with their creations. They also may try to force the voice too much. Worst of all, they may love their character way too much and expect everyone else to do the same.
If you want to make sure that your character is lovable, or evil, or crazy or whatever... make sure you get the opinions of others.
A beta reader can help. A good beta reader will help your story get better. Most of all, they can help make sure everyone will love and remember your characters long after they finish reading.
If you want more, here is a link: How Mikey can help you as a Beta Reader