This week’s topic is ‘What makes a great anti-hero/morally grey characters?’, I love this topic! Mainly because I love morally grey characters!
Personally I love them because most of the time these characters are quite unpredictable! And that always makes for an interesting story! I just really like being surprised by the route a story is taking, although I can really appreciate if it is (later on) explained in some way why certain choices were made!
Morally grey characters also often have some interesting characteristics. I feel like these characters, especially if they are the main character, have the most development throughout the book, since they are so complex!
These characters also always bring a good vs bad storyline to the book. This can be groups off people being against each other, but also internally! Which is always very interesting, and goes back to the character development I mentioned! I just like these characters exploring themselves, and why they did certain things!
And of course when these characters make certain decisions there is always the doubt if this was good or bad, and especially the consequences for the bad decisions!
I actually think that in most books I like it best if these characters do ‘bad things’ because then we can focus on the consequences, the redemption and self-exploration!
Some of my favourite morally grey characters:
- Victor and Eli from Vicious
- Draco from Harry Potter
- Nico from Percy Jackson
- Kaz from Six of Crows
- The bloodwitch from Truthwitch