Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Character Flaws

Most recent read: Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher
Current read: Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher
Planned next read: First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher
We went to a lavendar festival last weekend. The air was heavy with the scent of the flowers and drowsy droning of honey bees. There was lavendar ice cream available, along with lotions, soaps and other items made with lavendar.
I've been doing a lot of thinking about the importance of character flaws during the past couple of weeks. The books I've most enjoyed reading have characters with flaws that breathe life into them, enhancing the overall reading experience. Flaws round out our favorite characters, causing us as readers to connect and care about their outcome. Take Boromir. He is driven to gather power, power that will enable Minas Tirith to withstand the might of Mordor. In his quest to obtain that power, he doesn't realize at first that ultimately he wants to hold the power for himself. But in the end, he protects those that his lust for power nearly caused him to betray.
I've decided that my characters in Ghost Girl, while possessing character flaws, could have more flaws. So I'm rewriting the characters so they are even more 'less than perfect' than what they already are. Giving them eccentricities, personality quirks and bad habits that make them stand up from the written page, making them more interesting. It's much more fun to read about a character whose addiction for chocolate causes them to brave dangerous situations in their quest to satisfy a late night craving.
Oh, and the answer to Visions of Pink and Blue? Blue!

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