Some characters you love, some you hate, some you love to hate, but then there’s characters that just made you cry. Here’s my picks. (Might be some spoilers!)
- Auri – Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Ari is sweet, vulnerable, and elusive. Her story, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, was simply magical and yet completely heartbreaking.
- Rosemunde – Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. No spoilers here, but Rosemunde is a little girl in the 14th century. Trust me, it’s a tearjerker.
- Sabriel – trilogy by the same name by Garth Nix. This was a great series, but it pushed the emotional buttons.
- Cedric Diggory – HP4 by J K Rowling. Sure, there were other deaths that were worse, but this was the first.
- James Herriot – All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. This one was not so much this character as all the situations and clients he meets. If you haven’t read this series, you really need to.
- Nobody Owens – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I loved this one. I don’t remember if I actually teared up, but I did get emotional.
What was on your list? Which characters made you cry?
“If you’re struggling with writing a character, write 20 things that the reader will never know about your character. These will naturally bleed into your writing and provide a richness even though you don’t share the detail.”
You’re having a tea party for 5 guests. You may invite anyone from any book. Who would you invite and why? What would you serve? What do you do?
My guests. I’m going to make this an all female party, because it’s my meme and I can, so let’s get that out of the way. My picks would be
- Elizabeth Bennett. She’s witty, intelligent, and I’m dying to ask her about life in Regency era England. As well as gossip about our husbands. (Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen)
- Jane Marple. Also intelligent, and such a great source of gossip. It would be lovely to really hear an expert on human behavior. (Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie)
- Scheherazade. She could entertain us with some amazing stories and I’d love to hear whether the sultan was worth all that in the end. (Arabian Nights)
- Molly Weasley. She’s a mom, like me, and we’d both welcome a chance to talk about our kids. And she’s an unbelievable badass as well. (Harry Potter series by J K Rowling)
- Meg Langslow. She’s not so funny all by herself, but as the calm within the storm, her tales would be hysterical. (Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews)
Menu. Right, any party I attend would be better with chocolate, so let me start there. We’d have a chocolate fondue, tea or coffee for my guests and more chocolate for me. Maybe Molly Weasley would surprise us with some magical desserts and Scheherazade could bring Turkish Delight.
Activity. Maybe a few old-fashioned parlor games? I think Miss Marple or Elizabeth Bennett would be the winners there. Then we could just sit around and tell stories and eat the chocolate.
Right, so that’s my list. What about you? Who would you invite and why?