Character Development in Novels, feat. The Night Circus – Discussion



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Some novels excel in character development, while others fall flat.

Listen to my thoughts on Erin Morgenstern’s beloved novel, The Night Circus, and then please share your thoughts too! We are a diverse group of readers with our own quirks, and I’d love to hear all the different opinions out there.

Does character development make or break a novel for you? What else impacts your enjoyment?

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2 Responses

  1. Jo Smith says:

    I read the Night Circus so long ago that I don’t remember much about it except I liked it a lot, just didn’t love it. Unfortunately I can’t remember why I didn’t and have been thinking about rereading it as it’s discussed so much on booktube. I’m think I’m a character driven reader too, especially in character relationships, I can be engaged in a novel even if I find the characters irritating although usually there has to be a large element of empathy. Plot is more important in certain types of novels, for example crime novels but usually what draws me in the most is beautiful writing and a sense of place with characters that I may not feel close to but can feel for. Hope that makes sense.

  2. abookolive says:

    I'm one of those people who love the Night Circus, but that certainly doesn't mean I'll claim that it's the perfect novel. I can certainly see what you mean about the lack of attention shown to the relationship development between Celia and Marco. However I do think this boils down to what you're looking for out of the book when you go into it. I do think character development is important but for me, plot and setting always seem to take precedence. I've never before read a book that creates a world like Morgenstern did in the Night Circus and I suppose it's sort of like a set of scales where the positives outweighed the negatives. The reading experience every single time I read the Night Circus takes me to another world entirely through the writing and I think of the characters more as a mosaic of figures shining in the background of a novel that is mainly about the circus and its followers. But I'm not the type of reader who needs to feel something toward the characters that I read, so I completely admit that it tips the scales in favor of this book. But as I said before, I think it's all about what we're bringing into the reading experience, what we're looking for, and what we value out of a book. So if you were looking for a more true-to-life representation of a love story, I'm certainly not surprised that the book wasn't magic for you.

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