Hopefully you’ve already bought and read my debut novel entitled Rebellion Under the Stars, so you already know who Jonathon is. However, whether or not you have is beside the point… I’m here to give you an author’s inside view on his character.
Jonathon is actually Prince Charles Jonathon and he is the only son of the king of Zaracor, which is the home country of the Rebellion story. In Rebellion Under the Stars, he is one of the main characters who travels with Selena on an important mission to save Zaracor from the rebellion.
He is a tall young man – 20 years old, with thick and curly brown hair and pleasant gray eyes. In fact, he’s just pleasant all around! He is good at horseback riding and swordfighting and cares about almost everyone. Basically, he’s the perfect candidate for becoming king at some point. Right?
But the crazy thing is, that when I first created his character and actually got into the story and all of that… I really didn’t care for Jonathon. And then, a while later, he started getting on my nerves and then I definitely didn’t like him. Yet, all the while, he still remained one of my main characters.
Probably because certain friends of mine would have been super upset with me if I had cut him out of the story. Why? For some reason, they loved his character and enjoyed reading about him. Maybe he was “ideal” in some way? I don’t know.
My go-to reason for not liking Jonathon is that he was “too perfect” and always did the right thing. Was it a silly reason? Yeah, probably, but I stuck to it. I absolutely loved Selena’s story and Jolan’s story and even the villain’s story, but Jonathon? Who cares…
Finally during a read-through of what I think was my third draft, I just came to the conclusion that I either had to get rid of him or… somehow figure him out so that I would enjoy reading my book with a Jonathon in it.
In the end, I didn’t change his character too much. I gave him a few times to mess up so that he would appear at least partially human (picture author’s eyes rolling) and I gave him some quirks and insecurities – most importantly being his love for philosophy and his constant worry/anxiety over ruining his life as a future king.
After making a few changes, I warmed up to his character a bit more and now, even though he isn’t my favorite character of the book, I enjoy reading or writing about him almost as much as other characters!
Have you read Rebellion? Do you, or would you, like Jonathon, and why?