Over on my critique group's blog, we have been talking about creating characters, and as has been the case before, I found myself rethinking some of my characters. I think most writers have the goal of creating that character that is memorable, that among readers hits a celebrity type status where they can be referred to by one name and everyone (okay, readers...but seriously if self proclaimed non-readers know the name, the character must have really been brilliant, right?) knows their name.
Some of the best complex characters? Here are a few of my nominees:
These characters are amazing because they are not perfect. They have flaws, but that is what makes them loved. They hesitate when we want them to act, make dumb choices at times, show vulnerability, and triumph through sadness.
Who are your favorite characters? What is the quality or flaw that draws you to your favorite characters? How do you weave these elements into your own writing?