Monday, April 11, 2011

H is for Hero or Heroine

That's your main character, whoever he or she may be. You might even have two main characters, or, if you're writing a series, you may have multiple main characters, like George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. Whoever they are, they're probably the good guys, the people who will change and be changed by the events in the story. Your readers will be rooting for them, worrying over them, possibly even blogging over them! So you best make them worthy and give them characteristics that will help them on the journey but not too helpful, if you know what I mean. Because that journey needs to be a challenge. So maybe give them some hindering characteristics as well. It doesn't matter what but make sure they're not perfect because no one likes to read about perfect people; they're a bore. And remember, sometimes the most flawed heroes are the most memorable. Like Lestat in Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. Anne Rice masterfully gave us a vampire to despise in the first book and then turned him into a hero in the second. Now that's magic.

8 comments:

  1. Give them human traits, or um as human as a vamp can be...lol.

    btw, I WANT that little COTTAGE!!! Love it.
    beautiful photo.

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  2. You're doing a great job Marcie with your ABC's. I'm really enjoying them. Have a super week. BTW, I love it that your followers just continue to grow. When I started following your blog I think you were at 17. Look at you now! Way to go girlfriend. (Smiles)

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  3. Guess I need to read the second book then!

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  4. Got to love characters with hindering characteristics. Makes them real. And I say the more conflict the better. :)

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  5. Flawed heroes/heroines are my favourite - like Lestat - oh he was a bad good 'un!!

    I love your new blog pic too - the kitty fence is so sweet! Take care
    x

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  6. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Creative Blog Award.
    Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.
    ~Deirdra

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  7. thank you, Buffy!

    Alex, yes, you do, and the third one, too: Queen of the Damned. They're the best vampire books, imho.

    old kitty, I love the fence, too.

    Thank you Deirdra! I will come by and pick up that award altho I may not be able to make note of it until May!

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