Last week I had a bit of a rant about the type of character who I'm supposed to love but end up hating. I thought to balance things out, I'd do a post on what characteristics I really do love in main characters.
Intelligent characters, who are not perfect, but learn from their mistakes instead of doing the same stupid thing over and over again. This also means they don't conveniently ignore some pretty obvious details in order to create conflict or make the plot go where it needs to. There are better, more interesting ways to create conflict.
Likeable characters. I'm not a fan of the antihero MC. This is personal preference, but I find that if I'm spending a whole book with this character I want to be able to like them.
Some characters I've loved recently were Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series (Georgina Kincaid is another Richelle Mead character I love) and Mercy Thompson from the Mercedes Thompson series (Patricia Briggs).
I'm pretty sure that my own characters don't meet all of these criterea, but at least I have something to aim for.
What have I missed? Do you have any specific characteristics you love to see in the MC? Who are your favourite characters to read about?