It is currently 10:18. I should really be heading to bed. But I sit here and think. About books and characters. You know which ones I like the best? The unexpected ones. You know how in action movies and some books, the girl, generally the one that the hero has a crush on, but not always, somehow gets dragged into the scene right before the climax? And when the hero tries to protect her, she gets all brave and wants to go to battle with him? Yes?
You always know that this is going to happen. It's just the formula. Well, there is a line in one of the Percy Jackson books that I love. ( I won't tell you which one, or who says it for fear of ruining it for those who have never read it.) The girl shows up at an intense part, danger is imminent and she insists on staying to help. Until she sees the danger. Then, "On second thought, maybe I'll wait inside." And it makes me like her (and the book) more. Not because she is weak, but because she is real.
And that is what I like. Characters that are real. The ones that might just wimp out at the last second because it really is scary (like me). And characters that have flaws (like me). And characters who make mistakes (like me). And characters who are awkward in a crowd (like me). And characters who really want to be better, but just aren't (like me). And characters whose marriages aren't fairy tales (like me). And characters whose children poop their pants (like me).
Because really? It's no fun to read about someone who is already perfect. It's the ride, people.