Flawed characters lead to rounder books, but flawed characters do not necessarily mean lovable characters, not for me anyway. I’m not a fan, for instance, of the Count of Monte Cristo’s vigilante “hero” or the manipulative, controlling love interest in Austen’s Persuasion. There are certain character flaws that make me dislike characters, and others that make those characters and books much more lovable. These are my top ten on the lovable side.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Rochester – Ditto. I think Rochester is my very favorite complex character in all of literature.
4. the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: Ronan – I could technically name many flawed characters from this series, but I’m choosing Ronan because I actually didn’t like him for the first 1.5 books. Then I came to love him.
5. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy: Eustacia – Self-centered, manipulative, yes, but for some reason I adore her. Don’t ask why.
6. The Awakening by Kate Chopin: Edna – People seem to love or hate her, but I’m on the love side.
8. the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: Genya – She does many, many bad things, but I think she’s essentially good at heart and just wants to be loved. I feel for her.
9. The Painted Veil by William Somerset Maugham: Walter – He is by no means a nice human being, but I feel a connection with him for the things that lead him to those mean places.
10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Cath – I love that her flaws don’t make her a bad person, just a complicated one.
What are your favorite lovable flawed characters?
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