We often read about creating the perfect character. A character that will live, breathe and connect with our readers. That’s one of our goals as authors.
One character I have seen that seems to meet that goal is Jo March from Little Women. I hear people, ok women, comparing themselves to her all the time. People who have absolutely nothing in common with her claim to be Jo March. Even the people who pretend the last half of the book doesn’t exist because they think she should have married Laurie (That would have been soooooo wrong) have some sort of connection to her. I also hear of many people who assume they are character A, B or C from a friend or family member’s novel.
We want to create characters that everyone can relate to. That’s what keeps them coming back, and creates the word of mouth marketing we long for. Our characters are very dear to us, yet to create the characters that live beyond the pages of the novel we need to let go of them. We know that readers will interpret the book with their own experiences and they will view the characters in their own way and understanding. I think it would be hard to let go, hard to listen to fans who just didn’t understand. Anyone have experience with this? What do you think about relatable characters.