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!
‣ The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
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.
‣ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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
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.
‣ The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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.
‣ The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
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?