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8 Book Characters That You'll Fall in Love With

Updated on May 3, 2021

Some fictional characters stay with you long after you've finished reading the book. They have a habit of popping into your mind for no reason at all, and you'll never forget them. Here are eight characters that you will fall in love with.

1. Willow Chance

You'll meet her in Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. She is a gifted child. After losing her parents twice, Willow is all alone in this world. She is left with her counselor and some odd friends she made by chance. What makes the character unique is despite being in such emotional, heartbreaking situations, Willow looks out for solving other's problems. She hopes for the best but never demands it. Thus, our little girl finds a way in everyone's heart without ever getting to know about it. As a seven-year-old, she can yell out and cry like a baby. But, she never does that. She sometimes cries alone. She has a weakness for perfection and books and number 7. She holds herself with a lot of strength even after not knowing where and with whom she'll end up. She gives us an energizing force to be like her. She knows that whatever happens with her she'll get through.

“When you care about other people, it takes the spotlight off your own drama.”

— Willow Chance

2. Aziz Z Zahara

You'll encounter him in The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. The first and foremost thing to love about him is his name. It just leaves a tingling on the tongue. He is a Sufi writer. He has a fantastic take on life which we get to know by the letters he writes to Ella. Just the name of him will remind you of a free-spirit. He travels a lot and thus has an expansive mindset about people, emotions, and relationships. Through him, Ella sees her life in a new way, and so will everyone. He is a romantic at heart. There are many shades to his life, which is so beautiful to explore. He has suffered loss and made grave mistakes. But, he accepts them and keeps moving forward. Aziz reminds that there's so much in this world to take in and thus less time to mourn over the losses and setbacks.

Don't worry about getting old. There are no wrinkles or gray hair strong enough to defy the power of forty.

— Aziz Z Zahara

3. Govinda Shauri

You'll run into him in The Aryavarta Chronicles by Krishna Udayasankar. In India, everyone prays to Shri Krishna as a God. But Krishna Udayashankar melts down this God and forges him in the mold of a human - Govinda Shauri. He is a charismatic and intriguing person with always known to have a plan. Govinda Shauri has different shades - womanizer, romantic, ruthless, mastermind, fighter, leader, animal lover, swordsman, and above all, a friend. Udayashankar details them so nicely that it'll carve a permanent etch in the mind and heart. Udayashankar demonstrates his relationship with Draupadi beautifully. In spite of whatever he is, he is lonely, and the reader will connect with him in his loneliness. No one understands Govinda Shauri, but he still moves on with it because he believes it to be the only way to move India towards progress. Throughout the three books, a variety of emotions guides his actions. He transforms from a man of reason to a man of passion and then to a man of humanity. It is an intricate version of Shri Krishna. Udayashankar has done a fantastic job.

… the greatest mystery, the greatest wonder of creation is that we are capable of both relentless reason and boundless love ... It is not about what we are, but what we can become.

— Govinda Shauri

4. Pandit Gangasagar Mishra

You'll come across him in Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. Gangasagar is the modern Chanakya - the political mastermind. And as expected he is intelligent and wily beyond the limit. Gangasagar is a man of a will stronger than iron. He has flexible principles. He only thinks of - no doubt - himself. He deliberately binds his fate with the original Chanakya and aims at making his protégé the Prime Minister of India. He is from Kanpur, and there's no one whom he hasn't double-crossed. Gangasagar knows everyone's weaknesses and thus controls everyone around him. He exploits to the extent that at one point the reader might be left wondering whether there's an end to his guile. You'll love to hate this character. You'd want him to win and die at the same time.

In any case, in the world of politics you can ill afford luxuries such as a clear conscience!

— Gangasagar

5. Don Tillman

You'll chance on him in The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Don is a perfectionist. A nerdy professor at the university, he gets into arguments very quickly. Don is funny and intelligent and has schedules for everything, even for food. His social skills are almost zero. He has only two other friends who can tolerate his idiosyncrasies. He plans to get a wife, but he is highly doubtful how will he adjust an unknown person in his life. So, Don designs a questionnaire for finding the perfect partner. Don then finally finds a person who does not fit his world. He falls in love. The everyday routine of his life becomes dynamic. He changes a lot as a person. His schedules are mostly left behind, and he becomes a better friend. The readers will enjoy his twisted journey of falling in love.
Bonus: This book is in the recommendation list of Bill Gates.


But why, why, why can't people just say what they mean?

— Don Tillman

6. Simon Spier

You'll meet him in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Simon is a cute little teenager with teenage problems. He usually hangs out with his two childhood friends. He shares an excellent rapport with his family and siblings. Simon has a secret. When his secret is out, he tries to save himself. Like anyone else, he makes mistakes which he regrets later. Together with him, we set out on a journey of finding love. He concludes everyone has their own little secret and everyone needs time and courage to accept it in front of the world. Simon reminds us that living a simple life is not dull. The simplicity of this character is the primary catch point. His secrets, fear, and fun will prompt you of your worries, pleasure, and mysteries as a teenager. Reading Simon opens a phase of life, which has long been forgotten and buried. It will refresh your emotions and tell you to accept and forgive yourselves for the mistakes you did. This refreshment will bring you joy and a smile on your face.

Bonus: 'Love Simon' is a movie based on this book.

People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it's a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.

— Simon Spier

7. Lisbeth Salander

You'll get to encounter her in The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. Lisbeth is a lean girl with a massive dragon tattoo on her back. She is a mentally and physically strong girl and has many tempting qualities. She is a hacker and a fighter. Lisbeth never bows down to anyone. She is a woman who hates men who hate women. She fights for justice in her twisted ways and doesn't give a damn about what others think of her. Her abusive childhood left her alone in this world. She is in a constant struggle with her demons, which she puts down by exercise and hacking. She is her own master. Reading her gives satisfaction on its own. She tells that you have to wrestle through your problems even when you are alone. She believes that it's okay to die for the right things, for things that she believes in.

Bonus: A movie with the same name is made based on this book.

It’s always the wrong people who have the guilty conscience. Those who are really responsible for suffering in the world couldn’t care less.

— Lisbeth Salander

8. Bhadra

He belongs to Asura: Tale of the Vanquished: The Story of Ravana and His People by Anand Neelakantan. Bhadra is a common man who sees the rise and fall of Ravana as a king. A simple living man, he is motivated to fight when he loses his family to a war between Devas and Asuras. He commits his life to the downfall of Devas and joins hands with Ravana. He sees Ravana as a hope who can bring justice and equality to his people. He serves Ravana with his life. In the war started with Ravana, Bhadra makes the same crimes, which initially motivated him for revenge. He finds love again. But his life never returns to normal. Throughout all his struggles, his emotions for Ravana oscillates between love, respect, hatred, and contempt. How much he must have hated Ravana, but time and again he finds himself serving him. Bhadra is no ideal. Throughout his life, he remains poor and kicks every opportunity to have become rich. He drinks a lot and beats his wife. He outlives Ravana and sees Ram's empire too. Devastated by the rule of both the kings, he leaves his tiny life behind and ends up at his childhood home. Throughout the reading, the reader grows old together with Bhadra. You'll learn from Bhadra, that, a common man is always the sufferer whoever be the ruler. His willpower to live is stronger than any other thing.

The rich did not care who ruled, as long as they were allowed to be rich. The poor could not afford to care and nobody asked their opinion in any case. Only the middle class mattered and any half-witted ruler knows how to pamper them.

— Bhadra

I hope these characters find a place in your life. Let me know about your views in the comments.

© 2019 GARGI SRIVASTAVA

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