book characters

As an author, I love talking to readers. Whether that's at book club discussions, or through my website or Goodreads, I get a lot of wonderful feedback and tons of great questions.
Stuck for ways to get rid of characters that are contributing nothing to your plot? You want to kill them, but you're squeamish. Or perhaps you're just not very good at writing about bloodshed. Perhaps these will work for you.
When I wrote Butterfly Skin (Titan Books, $14.95), a violent novel about a serial killer, his crimes and his love, readers
The movie version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" is itself an embarrassment to classic literature, but Demi
Unlikable, but well-written, characters generally fall into a few basic categories. There's the antihero, a protagonist who
From fairy tales and comic books, to classic and contemporary novels, the orphan's journey is a compelling and recurring theme in literature. Why are we drawn to them? What do they have to teach us? And what does our endless fascination with them reveal about us?
Here's a list of my very favorite childhood leading ladies. They offer lessons in perspective. They encourage curiosity and scrappiness in equal measure. And they remind us that even the biggest challenges can be overcome with gumption.
Clarisse McClellan from Fahrenheit 451: In a world of Twitter addicts and reality TV bingers, you feel like no one really
Book characters fare no better than we do (in fact, they probably fare much worse). Though "Great Expectations"'s Pip pines
2013-10-04-ScreenShot20131004at6.13.45PM.pngMany male protagonists seem palatable enough at first glance -- unless we hold them to the more exacting friendship standard.
Most villains are the type readers love to hate, but a rare few inspire actual compassion. Some have been treated like garbage their whole lives, others are consumed by jealousy, and quite a few are just plain charming.
Most villains are the type readers love to hate, but a rare few inspire actual compassion. Some have been treated like garbage
Originally posted on Kirkus: Okay, so we exaggerated a little bit—the characters in these 10 stories aren’t exactly going
Oprah says that while she was reading the latest Oprah's Book Club book, "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," she found herself
There's something to be said for older characters. How were their personalities shaped by easy or difficult childhoods? Did they succeed or fail as adults? Did they learn some lessons?
From Flavorwire We all know truth is stranger than fiction, and some things (and people) are just too good to have been made
This week, we asked Huffington Post readers to let us know what book characters they would love to be best friends with. While
Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie is one of those books that came to my attention through the chatter of the booksellers with Twitter
To help ring in Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year -- we've reflected on the Jewish literary canon. From Philip Roth to
"I have always loved books about rebels and non-conformists, people who swagger through life with a fierce edge and a stubborn