Gosh, I love a good companion post.
A while back I wrote a post inspired by readbyzoe’s video on her favourite fictional females. And because I’m a sucker for follow ups, I decided to compile a list of my favourite male characters. Getting in this list is tough; you gotta be original, different, and written down well. Male characters often succumb to those stereotypes, the seemingly good and bad ones. There’s the too perfect guy, the one in all the rom-com who ruins real men for the rest of the men loving population. And of course, the ‘bad boy’ which is the literal reason I do not trust some authors’ opinion of what love is supposed to be.
This list is one of complex, interesting, and diverse male characters who I would read about over and over again.
I want to point out I’m going to say “I fell in love” a lot throughout this post, and I don’t mean it in the sense you may fall in love with a real person. I mean…do I? I use the term “fell in love” to mean a multiple of things, but in this case, it’s the writing. I fell in love with the writing.
(A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab)
The minute Alucard Emery was introduced, I instantly fell in love. I can’t believe we go through the whole first book (A Darker Shade of Magic) without having Alucard’s snark and not even missing it because we didn’t even know it existed at this point. His character adds a whole new dimension to the world of Red London, a whole new aspect that expands on what we know from The Golden Trio (Kell, Lila, and Rhy. I don’t know why I’m calling them this). He’s suave, mysterious, and adventurous. He’s also a frickin’ pirate. A PIRATE. I love how you’re second guessing him all the time, you don’t know the true nature of his feelings, not until the very end anyway.
(The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)
I knew Ronan Lynch would be a fave from the very first time we meet him in The Raven Boys. But it wasn’t until the second book, The Dream Thieves, do you really dig your nails in deep and say “Yep, this character is for me”. All the characters in this series are incredibly complex and amazing, but Ronan is a whole other ball park. An angry, confusing character, Ronan says and does things you wouldn’t expect. He has a harsh shell with a soft centre, which creeps slowly to the surface the further you read. I cannot tell you how excited I get when a chapter starts and it’s in Ronan’s POV. He’s a fan favourite, and you can tell in the way Maggie Stiefvater writes and even just talks about him that she is in love with him too.
(The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
Oh, now, who doesn’t love a good villain? A villain who you can’t get enough of, who you love to hear speak of ruling the world, twisting his manipulation powers to the max, making life for the protagonist actual Hell. The Darkling is one of the most well-written villains I’ve come across, and it’s because you believe him too. This man/being is not a good person. He is evil and wicked and all those horrible things, but a good villain can take you over to his side, and that’s exactly what Leigh Bardugo has done with The Darkling. Fans love him, fall in love with him, and sometimes it’s for the wrong reasons. You just know that’s what he wants, he’s got you believing in him and he isn’t even real. That’s a good villain.
(I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson)
Noah Sweetwine is quite possibly the cutest cinnamon roll you will ever come across. One of the protagonists of one of the best books out there, Noah is that character that goes through so much crap and still comes out (haha) semi alright in the end. While I feel his story peetered off at the end in favour of his sister, Jude’s, storyline, I found Noah’s plot to be a whole lot more interesting and even more believeable. By the way, if you haven’t picked up a Jandy Nelson book yet then what are you doing.
(Curse Workers by Holly Black)
I have no idea why this series isn’t talked about more in the book community. It’s literally an intricate and slick magic system mixed in with the mob. But anyway, the protagonist, Cassel Sharpe, goes through shit. He’s powerful, and a lot of bad people know it. He’s the youngest son of a family of dodgy con men and swindlers, and he just wants to live a normal life, date normal girls, and go to his normal school. He’s funny, daring, and self-aware. This series is very underrated, I suggest you pick it up!
Tell me some of your fave male characters; what are qualities in a male character that you love to read about? Maybe male characters you hate? I know there are some I hate…maybe that’s for another post.