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Let’s Talk Bookish: Redemption Arcs

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. You can check out more about this meme here!

This week is all about redemption arcs, which I’d love to say that I’m a fan of…really, I would. The problem is, there just aren’t enough well done redemption arcs. Honestly, most of them feel like something that the author throws in when he or she realizes that a certain villainous character is popular.

But hold on, I don’t want to write a post complaining about all the poor attempts at redemption arcs I’ve encountered. Instead, I’m going to point out the redemption arcs that I think actually worked:

Jamie Lannister

For the record, I’m talking about the guy in the books and not the weird, rape-y one from the show. In fact, just forget about the show as most people have.

What I like about this particular redemption arc is that it really took a lot of suffering on the part of the character. I mean, he got his hand chopped off and was pretty much tortured for a while there. That said, he was never 100% good, and was even tempted back to the side of evil (i.e. Cersei). My point is that it was difficult for him. It wasn’t like he just fell in love with Brienne and started fighting for good guys and just asked us to forget about him shoving a little boy out a window…

Also, there are several characters (Sansa, Theon, The Hound) in this series with great redemption arcs. I’m not going to talk about any of those, but I respect your right to choose your favorite.


You remember when we all thought Snape was bad then we thought he might not be that bad then he killed Dumbledore and we knew he was bad but he really wasn’t bad.

Yeah, from Harry’s perspective, this man had the most convoluted redemption arc, but it worked.


Edmund was so annoying in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but Aslan sacrificing his life for him made Edmund a better person. He was actually the most likable character in Prince Caspian, in my opinion.


I feel like the gif says it all this time. I’ll just go cry now.


Have you read Crime and Punishment? Because it is one of my favorite works of classic literature, and the main character definitely has a redemption arc. You will cry. I cried.

Jean Valjean

Jean Valjean has to be number one, right? I mean the whole book was his redemption arc, and it’s beautiful and perfect and I love Javert.

What are your favorite redemption redemption arcs? Let me know in the comments or link to your own post, please!


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