Lately, I've been thinking about something bookish, and it's something that can make or break a book for me--and many readers: characters.
We can love them to death, or hate them to death. But what gives them that UMPH? What transforms them from just words on a page to one of our best friends in the world?
Well, of course, a lot of it is in the way the character is written. That's a given. One of an author's hardest jobs is getting their character across as how they've seen them in their head, and to get the reader to love (or hate) the character as much as they do.
What do you think? What gives characters that much-needed POP? What are some of your favorite characters?