Beware, Lena has decided to try this book meme thing once more, because the ideas for this one just kept flowing and aaaaahrg brain stahp. This week, as you can see, is all about the character arcs and development.
- Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
There are actually a few candidates in this novel but I chose Marianne because she really grows up throughout the story. She goes from being driven by her emotions and being rather overwhelmed by all her feelings to becoming a calmer, more sensible being and that is always a relief to me to read, because you know… you can finally stop worrying she’ll do something stupid.
- Seraphina in Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Although Seraphina still has some way to go at the end of the first book she definitely started to open up to some people and started to accept herself. In fact, she’s having such a hard time with that self-acceptance thing that you just want to slap her and tell her “Duh. Of course you are loveable!”. Oh well. The trials of a reader. (Review)
- Juliette in the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
I really didn’t like Juliette for half of the Shatter Me trilogy. She was so whiny and lost in self-pity, always dwelling on how miserable she felt. But she changes. It takes a while and a Kenji calling her out on her bullshit. But she gets there. She starts to see the world around her and she starts to stand up to it. And what a relief! x__x Otherwise I might not have finished this series, not even for Warner.
- Emily in Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Although I wasn’t the book’s biggest fan, I still can’t deny that the main protagonist Emily undergoes some wonderful change towards the better. She started out so timid and solely focused on her vanished friend Sloane I almost couldn’t bear it. But as new people enter her life and she gets out of her comfort zone more often, she starts to relax and enjoy life. (Review)
- Bolanle in The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
Bolanle goes from being completely rattled by everything that has happened to her to taking back her life and her confidence in herself and it was just wonderful how she came back alive in a way. Suddenly seeing that spark return to her made me so happy and hopeful for her. (Review)
What are your top 5 best character arcs/developments?
I hope you enjoyed this post and stay inky! – Lena