When I’m emotionally involved in a book, I end up reacting out loud to certain events. When something bad happens, I can actually be heard going “Nooo!” In my head, it sounds more like “NOOOOOO!” but I end up verbalising something less dramatic. 😛 When something good happens, I actually go “YES!” in a very triumphant voice.
Today, I want to talk about what moments make me go “YES!” in books. Basically, the moments that I LOVE seeing in books. To the list!
#1: When the protagonist gets called out for their crappy behaviour
Not all protagonists are perfect. If they were, I would be very bored. They’re bound to have character flaws and do stupid things. I think I love it when a protagonist gets shaken up by someone they trust and told “You’re acting stupid!” I like it when the protagonist gets called out because it’s usually the prelude to some serious character development.
If everyone around the protagonist thought they were perfect and wonderful and fawned over them, I wouldn’t buy it. The protagonist wouldn’t seem believable to me at all.
#2: When the protagonist stands up for themselves to a character that’s been treating them badly
Oh, I love this moment. I’m sure the main character has another character that’s been treating them like dirt, whether through verbal insults or physical pushing-around. When the main character finally realises that NO ONE deserves that kind of treatment and stands up to that character, I can’t help but cheer them on.
#3: When the protagonist realises that they can be better
There’s that moment in books when all seems lost. In fantasy books, someone has just died/been kidnapped or the magical item has been lost. Maybe the protagonist has been deserted by their companions or been wrongly accused. They may spend a fair bit of them in the gloom, and I can understand that.
What I love is when the protagonist decides to stop feeling sorry for themselves, put on their big kid pants, and attack the problem with renewed vigour. Cue a training montage if you feel like imagining that.
Those are just a few examples of my “YES!” moments in books. As you can probably guess, they all relate to character development. When events trigger a change in the character and get them on the road to becoming more well-rounded, I like those moments. Maybe even more than the swoon-worthy kissing bits. 😛
What about you, dear reader?
What are some of your “YES!” moments in books? Do we share “YES!” moments?
Let me know in the comments!