Top Five Tuesday: Character Driven Novels

I feel like it’s been quite a while since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday which is weird. But I’m super happy to be back at it! As always, this week’s theme is brought to us by the wonderful and the beautiful Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet (what are you doing with your life??) definitely go do that, you will not be dissapointed! I was really excited when I saw this topic because I find characters to be pretty much the most important aspect of a novel. I’ve chosen a few books today that aren’t expressly “character driven” but I think that the development of a main character (or characters) is what made the book stand out to me the most. Enjoy!

Untitled-14The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
★★★☆☆          2014
Told in some of the most endearing and gorgeous prose I’ve ever read or experienced, we follow Auri, a strange and wonderful who sees the beautiful brightness of a very dark world. I finished reading this last month and although it was not at all what I was expecting, I thoroughly enjoy it and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a wonderful oddity.

frankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
★★★☆☆          1818
This is quite the controversial novel, in terms of if people loved it or hated it. I really enjoyed Frankenstein and was completely shocked at how much better it was than I thought it was going to be. I found the characterization of both Frankenstein and his monster to be incredibly interesting and touched upon themes that are still prominent and meaningful in the modern world.


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
★★★★★          1951
Everyone knows the famous Holden Caulfield. The quintessential angsty teen whose inner monologue and perspective has resonated with millions of young adults for decades. I think this is an incredibly important novel that speaks differently to the reader depending on where they are (or when they are) in their lives.


oldmanandseaThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
★★★☆☆          1952
This is a simple book with a simple story, and, some would say (maybe most would say) a simple main character. But I think, without sounding too pretentious hopefully, that the simplicity caters to the entire point the novel is trying to make.


dr jekThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
★★★☆☆          1886
This is not what I would call a fantastic book all around but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s an excellent dive into the contradiction of morality and human behaviour. And I think that the huge influence it has had on pop culture lends itself to the proof that, above any else, this novel belongs on this list. If you haven’t read it I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Have you read any of these books?
What’s your favourite character driven novel?

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27 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday: Character Driven Novels

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  2. I’ve gushed over these novels numerous times and I’ll probably gush over them enumerable times more, but the Farseer trilogy and the trilogy that follows it, Tawny Man, are extremely character driven. You really feel for the lead character. What’s brilliant about the series is that the lead character, who’s heartache, anger, frustration, and romance you feel, isn’t even the main hero of the stories, at least not the Farseer trilogy, though I have yet to finish the Tawny Man trilogy. Fitz is more of a witness and a sidekick to those who should be the real heroes of the books. That’s not to say Fitz isn’t a hero, any more than Han Solo isn’t a hero in Star Wars, but in the original Star Wars, Luke is the main character, the main hero. But Robin Hobb focuses a very heavily character-driven story on Fitz, allowing the reader to get deep into his thoughts and his ambitions, feeling his daily struggles as he is often in the shadow of those greater than him. I can’t recommend this series enough.

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    1. I love a good gush about books, thanks so much for reccomending this! My friend was literally just screaming at me (in a good way) about Robin Hobb yesterday so I think that’s a sign. I’ve added Assassin’s Aprentice to my TBR, I’ll let you know what I think once I get to it (although that will probably take me a fair while…). Again, thanks for commenting!

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  3. The Slow Regard of Silent Things was one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read, but it was sooo lovely. Auri was probably my favorite character from Rothfuss’ other books, so it was such a treasure to get a story with her at the center.

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