Characterisation the way I like it
I like characters to be real and human. Not elves, hobbits or aliens. They can be humans with ridiculous fictional abilities though. I don’t mind if they can time travel, fly or see dead people. As long as they are human, the “willing suspension of disbelief” will do the rest.
I like to root for my main character. Their goal has to be something valid for them. And they have to be likeable, while bearing in mind that flawlessness is not attractive. There must be a flaw for them to be human, but I don’t like a clunky and frustrating flaw. Just a minor one.
I like central characters to be multi-dimensional. I want to know what they look like, how they smell (a little!), how they feel – physically – when in an awkward situation or chase scene. I want to care about their past and wonder about the gaps left by the writer.
In TV, my favourite is [H]ouse. In books… my choices are a bit more sentimental, which is weird.
How do you like your characters?