- Bravery. The character shows immense courage and that is always appealing to readers.
- Defying the Odds. This can tie in with bravery of course but it can also be where a character defies the odds foolishly and readers are gripped trying to find out whether they get away with it or not.
- Charisma. The most memorable characters are all charismatic. They are square pegs in a round hole to use the old phrase and stick out for that reason. They need a cause.
- Comic Relief. The funny character always sticks in the mind. Do they successfully boost the morale of others on a quest with them or does the humour irritate after a while? Either way, you keep reading to find out if the humour does make any difference.
- The Victim of Injustice. They mustn't be passive about it though. They stick in the mind only if they try to right the wrongs that have been done to them, either alone or with support.
What is a memorable character then? One that sticks in the memory long after the story has finished, of course, but what is it about them that makes this happen? My thoughts include:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.