Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books that would be on your class syllabus if you taught X class. I chose to do Growing your Character 101.
Growing Your Character
This course offers a look at studying character growth in Young Adult novels. We will study the following books and themes:
Character growth in paranormal/fantasy books:
The Throne of Glass Series – Sarah J Maas. How does Celaena grow throughout the book? Is she a character you can relate to even though she lives in a completely different world? What main attributes do you think contributed to her growth as a character?
The Iron Fey Series – Julie Kagawa. How is family related to Meghan’s character growth? In your opinion, what is the moment that shows her growth the most? Did you feel that anything hindered her growth?
Character growth in historical books:
Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman. Do think you Kate’s thirst for justice helped or hindered her growth as a character? How did the time period play into the growth of the characters? In your opinion, what was the most important part of the book that showcased the growth of Kate?
Character growth in contemporary books:
The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. Why is grief so important in relation to character growth? What moment do you think Lex began to grow as a character? How did Lex’s journal entries fit into her growth?
The Starts of Me and You – Emory Lord. Does facing a fear, successfully or otherwise, necessarily mean growth as a character? What did you think of Paige’s plan to move on? What moment do you think marked the beginning of Paige’s character growth?
Character growth in a multiple points-of-view book:
Proof of Forever – Lexa Hillyer. Do you think using four points-of-view hurt the growth of the characters? Find examples of the character growing while not in their own point-of-view. Which character do you feel grew the most from beginning to end, use examples.