This meme is currently hosted by Shanah @Bionic Book Worm and every week she comes up with amazing prompts for us to post about. This week’s topic is a difficult one: Books that are character-driven. Now, there are actually millions of books out there that are character-driven but it’s hard to choose which are the perfect examples.
But I’ll try…
Also, my Top Ten Tuesday topic today somehow coincides with this topic. I chose my top Ten Favorite Characters this year (so far) and most of them are in Character-Driven Books but I didn’t include the books they’re from in here. So I encourage you all, if you have time, to check out my other post too. 🙂 It’s HERE..
∴∴Top Five Character-Driven Books∴∴
1.) The Help by Kathryn Stocket
Three women who came from different backgrounds join together to make a difference. Though this book tackles a very serious social issue and there were situations showed that seemingly what pushed them to finally speak, the book actually centered on the character’s own thoughts, views, struggles and eventually development. The characters are essentially the ones who made the entire plot happen. Especially Skeeter.
2. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I will never call this one Plot-driven no matter what others say, because the plot was very obvious. Auggie will be starting 5th grade and easy to guess that he’ll be bullied and that he will eventually undergo hard stuffs. If not for Auggie’s determination and desire to be seen by his classmates as ordinary just as he sees himself, the book is basically just another book. The author really made the readers get invested to Auggie’s character.
3.) Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Six criminals. Each of them made it to my list of all-time favorite characters. And because they are who they are, they found themselves in hard situations that embodied the whole plot of the novel.
Side Note: For me, it’s also the characters that made SoC a better series than its predecessor, Shadow and Bone. No offence to Nikolai and the Darkling, but both series are in the same world, with same magic, same dangerous stuffs happening to them and around them yet SoC turned out to be way better. It’s because of the characters.
4.) A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin
How gorgeous is this photo?
Now I haven’t really read the series, but I do watch the adaptations and though I’m aware the adaptation changes some things, the main point of the story remains. It’s all game of thrones. But this story is not as interesting as it is if not for its compelling characters.
5.) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
This novel by our queen is definitely character-driven with its multiple characters who are all imperfect. They do things exactly as what their imperfections dictate. This is actually the reason why I found this book a little boring, because the characters are a little stereotypicals making their actions predictable, also the outcome of those actions.
There you have it guys, five Character-driven books. Have you read any of these books? Or are you planning too? Do you agree that they’re Character-driven?