Characters -- I prefer characters that are slightly skewed, odd ball people who don't quite fit in.
I'm a Buffy fan, not Buffy so much but as her supporting characters. I've just started watching TrueBlood, the Sookie Stackhouse series. I'm up to episode 6 and enjoying it. I couldn't help compare the characterisation. I'm thinking aloud here ...
Sookie is a sincere southern waitress, who just happens to be able to hear people's thoughts. She's a little but acerbic, which is nice.
Buffy's answer to everything is 'tell me how and I'll kill it'.
Even though we are only just into the first series, I prefer Sookie's characterisation.
Bill the vampire's back story is very straight. He was a poor but honest Confederate soldier, who was turned into a vampire and had to walk away from the family he loved.
Compare this to Spike the vampire's back story. He was a bumbling clerk who wrote bad poetry because his romantic soul outreached his ability.
The Spike character had the advantage of quite a few series to develop his character before his back story was invented and revealed, but I prefer the Spike backstory because he would risk all for love, while Bill would give up everything for love.
For me it is the odd ball person who sees the world in a slightly different way, who is the most interesting.
Are you into odd ball characters?