Who are your favourite literary characters?
Nathan Bransford's post on favourites got me to thinking about this question a little more seriously. It's fun to think about your favourite characters... but it might be helpful to think about why they are your favourites. As a reader, what is it about those characters that drew you to them? What made them captivating? Haunting? Hilarious? Are there any common threads that run through these favourite characters?
The next step, I guess, is to consider the question in regards to your own writing. Who are your favourites among your own creations? Any similarities with your favourites as a reader?
I guess what I'm thinking about is the key elements for the creation of captivating characters. What can we draw from the characters we are most infatuated with in literature and carry into our own writing, our own creative process? What are the elements that draw you to these characters, and do you make use of these elements in your own writing? And have you ever been inspired by a character you've read to create one of your own?