Ten Favorite Book Characters

As a reader, I think characters are one of the most important parts of a book. We care about the characters; we pick up the sequels to see what becomes of the characters. We love a strong, relatable character and leave a flat, annoying character. These ten characters are some of my favorite characters in fiction. They are often complex and flawed, they have problems and they try to find solutions, and they are interesting and unique.

Kira from Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: Kira is crippled, and when her mother dies, she is at the mercy of the manipulative Council of Guardians in a town where the weak are killed or cast out. She is reserved, but not shy or complaining, and she is an intelligent and strong character who acknowledges her weaknesses and strives to be a light in her dark, fearful, trustless community. I think Kira is one of Lois Lowry’s most complex, interesting, layered, and relatable characters.

Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is a fascinating character. She thinks she is doing the right thing and deserves to be in charge, but really, she is a manipulative, frightening, power-hungry, and evil queen.  She is completely twisted and blinded, and in Levana Marissa Meyer has created a villain of the best sort.

Logan from the Swipe series by Evan Angler is a scaredy-cat with good reason. I appreciated seeing a character that developed over the course of the series, but didn’t get to the end of the story and have a completely new personality and be a perfect, outgoing, kind and wonderful person.

Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is renowned, and I probably don’t need to repeat why. I loved Scout because I can very much identify with her drive for justice and distaste for not knowing what’s going on or who is telling the truth.

Lucy from Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo has an unusual identity crisis. (I know, I know, all YA characters have an identity crisis and they all follow pretty much the same pattern. This doesn’t.) Lucy washed onto shore on an island in Scillies with amnesia and no memories, no backstory, and no family. She must discover who she is over the course of the story with the help of a kindly fisherman and his family.

Nisha from The Night Diaries: Nisha is a sweet,sensitive girl confused by the turmoil in her world. I enjoyed getting to know her in The Night Diaries.

Henry from 100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson: Henry is an unusual character. He is an eccentric and awkward boy, but he is also the typical adventure hero with energy, bravery, something to overcome, something to defeat, and a sidekick.

Sonia from You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins is a book-loving, cause-supporting, opinionated girl, and I wrote a post about her and the other characters in You Bring the Distant Near in this book review.

Chess from The Fog Diver is a daring, precocious character trying to survive on a makeshift raft as he dives down beneath the fog to salvage what is left of the world before his. He is perfectly suited for his setting, and was a very entertaining character.

 Charles Wallace from the A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle: Charles Wallace is a brilliant, quiet boy who knows everyone and whom everyone thinks they know. He is the best kind of character: one who is flawed and sometimes wrong, yet ultimately comes to realize and acknowledge that fact and find a way to overcome their obstacles.

Let’s chat!

Who are some of your favorite characters? Do you prefer plot-driven or character-driven stories? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?


9 thoughts on “Ten Favorite Book Characters

  1. Nice list! I’ve only read two of those books, 100 Cupboards (a long long time ago-due for a re-read) and a Wrinkle in Time. Charles Wallace is such a great character he’s like tiny but interesting 😂

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    • Thanks! This post was a lot of fun to write. 🙂
      I completely agree, Charles Wallace is amazing. Did you know that later in the series he has his own book, A Swiftly Tilting Planet? In my opinion, the series got weirder as it progressed, but A Swiftly Tilting Planet was good because of Charles Wallace.

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      • Yes I did! I read the first three books in the series, and I agree that they got weirder as they went. I didn’t finish the fourth one because it was just too strange…

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      • Yeah, the fourth one was pretty weird. The fifth one sort of tied in with the authors The Austins series, but it was even stranger when read with the series…


  2. Oh, that’s so interesting that you chose Levana from the Lunar Chronicles! OH MY GOODNESS, Scout! Atticus is my favorite character. For me, character driven books hands down. I would read a book about Scout and Atticus making a peanut butter jelly sandwich together.

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    • Levana may be sort of evil, but she’s pretty amazing. I loved reading Fairest and getting to see how she became what she is/was (I don’t know? How do I refer to a book character?) and how she actually thought people loved her and she was doing what was best.
      To Kill A Mockingbird is such a wonderful book. Scout is my favorite just by a tiny bit- Atticus is a very close second. I like character-driven books a lot, but I still enjoy plot-driven books as long as they have good characters.
      And that actually would be a fun story to read… like, the argument about whether the peanut butter or jelly goes on first and if there should be one piece of bread or two that morphs into a discussion of justice and world peace… 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

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      • Okay, I haven’t read Fairest yet so maybe that’s why I don’t see the non-evil part of her. Hahaha hm, I talk about characters in past and present tense. Like I would say “Atticus was the best dad ever,” but I would also say “Atticus is who I want to be when I grow up.” I think I use present when I’m talking about a character and me in the same sentence.
        Antagonists who are doing what they think is right has been showing up all over the place for me. Not because it’s new, but because I think Thanos has made me more aware of it. Yes, I agree!
        Hahahaha, that’s funny. I put peanut butter on first. Wait, one piece of bread or two? Ha, I love that.
        You’re welcome!

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  3. I really like how you tell Levana. She does seem the most “human” or “realistic” out of all the characters.

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    • Thank you! I completely agree. She’s flawed, but she’s doing what she thinks is right, so I wouldn’t call her completely evil.


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