Top Ten Tuesday book meme by The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Character Driven Novels! Which really excites me, because characters are always my favorite part of the book!
by Yukako Kabei
By now it’s no secret that I love a good Japanese novel- especially light novels. Kieli is a girl who sees ghosts. Harvey is an undying solider being hunted down by a ‘church’ based government. Corporal is a snarky old ghost trapped in an old radio. Put these three in a room together and who really cares for a plot.
2. Morganville Vampires
by Rachel Caine
This one is all about Myrnin! Yes, you have residents of the Glass House that are marvelous all on their own, but what really drives these novels in the psychotic mad scientist vampire that wears fanged bunny slippers and keeps a pet spider named Bob.
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Usually I detest the whole good-girl falls for bad-boy genre, but I love Daemon simply because of his relationship with his siblings.
4. Theatre Illuminata
by Lisa Mantchev
Again with the Shakespeare nerd. Bea has lived in the theatre all her life, surrounded by the characters from every single play ever put on in the theatre. Her best friends are fairies from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has a crush on a pirate extra from The Little Mermaid. Ariel, the wind spirit from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is fond of her. Let’s just get all the awesome characters and shove them in a room!
5. The Cay
by Theodore Taylor
I love Theodore Taylor, and The Cay is one of my favorites. Phillip, Timothy and Stew-Cat are the only characters for most of the novel- as they are deserted on an island- but the connection made by the unlikely friends defiantly adds it to my list of character driven novels.
6. Train Man
by Hitori Nakano, Bonnie Elliott (Translator)
I have to add Train Man because eventually there is no plot to the story and it is entirely character driven. How so? It’s a collection of message board posts that ‘Train Man’ posts asking for advice on dating a woman he saved on a train. The entire book is his interaction with the people he meets online via the message board.
7. The Princess Bride
by William Goldman
The characters in this book are iconic. Who doesn’t know Inigo Montoya? Or that he’s looking man with six fingers on each hand that killed his father? It’s inconceivable! Chances are, even if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, you’ve at least heard of Inigo Montoya from all the character references made.
8. Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Heathcliff and Cathy love each other so much that somewhere down the line they begin to absolutely hate each other. With all those emotions being tossed about it’s no wonder this made my list.
9. Summer, Fireworks, and my Corpse
by Otsuichi, Nathan Collins (Translator)
This one is more drug around by characters than driven by characters. It’s narrated by a dead girl as she follows her body around after she’s murdered. There’s not much of a plot, though there is plenty of mystery centered around the character.
by Shelly Crane
Don’t judge my insta-love series. Maggie is okay for a main character, but what really gets this series going is Caleb’s super-powered family. It wouldn’t have been half as entertaining without Grandma there.