I adore this quote from Connis Willis, and I equally adore
Dorothy Sayers' Peter Wimsey series.
“I was on a walking tour of Oxford
colleges once with a group of bored and unimpressable tourists. They yawned at
Balliol's quad, T.E. Lawrence's and Churchill's portraits, and the blackboard
Einstein wrote his E=mc2 on. Then the tour guide said, 'And this is the Bridge of Sighs, where Lord Peter proposed (in
Latin) to Harriet,' and everyone suddenly came to life and began snapping
pictures. Such is the power of books.” ― Connie Willis, winner of
both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for best SF novel.
Character development is critical for me as a reader. If I don't like
your character in the first chapter, I'm going to stop reading! Make me