Following on from Dave’s excellent post on favourite characters — Georgette Heyer is one of my all time favourite authors. My copy of Black Sheep fell to pieces about 5 years ago. I loved the interaction between Miles and (Sarah?) the female protagonist. Both were intelligent but more than that, they shared the ability to see the abdurdity in life.
Another favourite character of mine is yet another Miles — Lois Mcmaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan. Talk about a protagonist with frailities!
My pet peeve when it comes to books or movies is characters who do dumb things. If I’m reading a book and the protagonist does the fictional equivalent of the horror movie babysitter, who goes outside to investigate a strange noise, I feel like throwing the book. I feel the character doesn’t deserves the investment of my emotional commitment to them and their problem.
If I read a book and the characters live on for me afterwards, it means they’ve come to life for me. I love it when this happens.
What are your pet peeves?