There are so many factors that go into loving a book: the plot, the word choices, the world it is set in. But a huge, huge part of what makes me keep reading is the main character. If your main character annoys me, your book is sunk. GONE WITH THE WIND is a fine example of this - I wanted to slap Scarlett O'Hara, but since I couldn't do this, I just put the book down.
So, let's talk about some of our favorite main characters in books! Some of mine are:
Olivia the pig. I like her spunk, I like her can-do attitude, and I like her energy. And she is JUST like my kid, which helps, too. *grin*
Edward Cullen from TWILIGHT. I can hear you gasping from my chair. I like him, okay? Yes, he was a little controlling, but he had the benefit of a hundred years of life experience that Bella didn't have. I kind of get where he was coming from, and I think he was actually a very very complicated character. I like that what he loved most about Bella - her humanity - was something that he had to lose if he wanted to be with her forever. Talk about high-conflict!
Ramona Quimby, because she got away with doing and saying all the things that I wished I could do and say as a child, but never had the nerve to do or say.
Jamie Fraser from the OUTLANDER series, because he is complicated and at the same time easily understandable. He is loyal and fierce and headstrong but at the same time reasonable. Just read the books.
And I have exceeded my usual three-item limit, so even though there are more, I'll hand the floor over to you.
Who are your favorite Main Characters in books?