Whatever the reason the character resonated with you, you tend to remember them, and may even catch yourself mimicking a line of theirs from the book or movie when an appropriate moment arises. A very good friend of mine and I used to quote lines from movies that we had seen together, usually memorable or humorous lines from our favorite characters; the kind of characters you love.
The Stand, perhaps my favorite novel by Stephen King, is a long book and takes a good length of time to read, but I still didn’t want to put it down when the story came to an end. The characters’ lives didn’t end, just the book. I wanted to continue reading more about the characters and follow their lives just a little longer. Simply put: I loved the characters, both good and bad. Even the evil Randall Flagg, the ‘apostate from hell’, was always a joy to read.
The story of The Stand, an epic battle of good versus evil in a post-apocalyptic scenario, is fascinating in itself, but for me it was the plight of the characters under those conditions that kept me turning the page. I’ve discussed this topic briefly before, back in October 2013 (Story Focus: Character or Plot?).
However, in this article, I’d like to probe a little further into why such characters are so necessary, and how authors can create these intriguing characters in their stories. Some characters you immediately take a liking to, and others you love to hate, but either way they are memorable characters, and that’s what’s important.