Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Top Ten Character Driven Novels!

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After pondering for far too long over the definition and meaning of 'character driven' novels, I finally decided that character driven novels are essentially just novels focusing on really interesting and well developed characters? I'm not sure all of these actually fall under 'character driven' novels but here are some of my favourite books with good characters!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I can't write a post about characters and not include this one. Jane Eyre is such a finely crafted character that I have no words. As with a lot of classics, Jane is intricately crafted, we follow her from childhood and see her character develop and bosom. She's so much more than just the one dimensional governess with a crush on her employer, that she could have been.

Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer - The Shock of the Fall is such an interesting novel, exploring one character's experiences and struggles with mental health (schizophrenia) Filer is also a mental health nurse which gives this novel a real sense of authenticity.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell - Margaret Hale is one of my favourite literary characters. She is such a strong and admirable character and is just queen. (I'm sure someone in the novel does in fact call her queen, or something along those lines?)

Life of Pi by Yann Martell - I remember being in Waterstones and randomly reading the blurb of Life of Pi. I was instantly drawn in and was not disappointed. This book follows Pi, stranded on a lifeboat with only animals for company. This book deals quite heavily with faith and that's something Pi has a lot of. The ending is so unexpected and really thought provoking too.

One Day by David Nicholls - One Day follows the lives of two characters, every year on the same day for a number of years. Both characters feel so real as they develop and change over the years and by the end of the book you feel as if you're leaving behind two friends!

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - All the characters in this book are so well crafted and interesting with their own quirks and back stories, even the secondary characters are very well characterised. Ruth and Nao, the two protagonists are so different, yet both such interesting and intriguing characters. All the feels.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Books like The Bell Jar have really opened my mind about how mental health is just as important as physical health, and the internal struggles experienced by Ester seem so authentic, especially considering some elements of the novel are quite reflective of Plath's life.

Vicious by V.E Schwab -  The characters in Vicious are so interesting, dark and twisted. They are very flawed and easy to dislike but definitely not dull.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men was one of the first classics I remember reading and feeling so drawn in by the characters and found myself actually caring about them and their relationships. (and the rabbits)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This book though, all the feels for all the characters. They are so well crafted and I got so attached.

What do you guys think of these books? What are your favourite character driven novels?  


  1. Great list! I've only read The Book Thief and Jane Eyre and I love them both. I really want to read Vicious and The Shock of the Fall though, everybody raves about them.

  2. The Book Thief is such a great addition to this list! Great choices!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. yep! the book thief really hit me in the feels, the characters were so great and realistic!

  4. yay! you should totally read them, they seriously are worth the hype!

    1. Btw, I nominated you for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award! (if you've been already nominated don't feel obligated to do it but I still would love to read your post): http://adayinbookland.blogspot.com.es/2014/10/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers-award.html


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