I’ve been having trouble with a particular character lately. I seem to have lost a feel for his personality. His original motivations no longer apply in the context of the story so I need to do some revision.
Since last week I asked you about female characters, this week, in an attempt to solve my character dilemma, I’ve been trying to contemplate the characteristics of those memorable male protagonists. In the end I came up with a list.
These are not necessarily my favorites, but memorable:
- Logan – from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy. He’s, big, ugly, crude, actually kind of pathetic until a switch goes off and he goes berserk. Out of all the characters in the series I found he was the most sympathetic. He understands the necessity of fighting along with others, and makes efforts to get along.
- Paul Atreides / Maud’Dib – from Frank Herbert’s Dune. Expertly trained in fighting and politics. He’s relentless in his goals and manipulates people around him to achieve what he wants. Yet, he questions himself. He is self-aware and knows how precarious his position is.
- Jamie Fraser – from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. He’s honest, He tries to do the right thing (even if it doesn’t always turn out that way). He’s educated and speaks several languages. He’s not the best fighter and he gets hurt both physically and emotionally. He’s loyal and he loves with abandon…. um actually…I would want to marry this man if he were real… LOL…sorry that was not very objective was it?
What are some of your memorables? Or what are characteristics would you like to see in a male protagonist?