Saturday, May 26, 2012

Loving Your Characters

I have a confession- I love my characters.

Now this really shouldn’t come as a shock, after all- I created them.

But this is different. I just finished reading a SF novel- pretty dang good one too- and I realized I liked my SF character better than the one I was reading about. Actually, my thought was that Vas (my SF character) could sooooooooooo kick this character’s butt.

LOL- it might seem odd to think about which fictitious tough ass female character would win in a fight. But it was a fun thought. Now I don’t like just tough characters, but if something on the front of the book (or even inside) states that this is one tough chica- then she better be tough.
And I was very entertained that MY tough chica was far tougher than the other author’s “tough” chica. To be honest, even though they said she was tough, she really didn’t demonstrate it much. It was a case where the author TELLS us she's tough, but then fails on the follow through. 

That lead to the fact that I really do love my characters and not just because I created them. I like them in the same way I would some of my favorite characters written by other authors. I love that my women characters are actually tough (each in their own way) and it’s not the author simply telling you they are tough. My gals don’t need a guy- guys are fun, and often very handy, but my girls can all take care of themselves if need be. The guy compliments who they are, but they don’t need to complete them.

And my two toughest, Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain and Sakari, could probably beat any literary character that didn’t have super human powers (and possibly a few of those as well). Now obviously, there’s more to them (and the others) than just an insane level of kick-assed-ness. They screw up, sometimes they fall, sometimes they cry.

But they get back up and get right back into where they need to be.

This insight lead to another- I feel satisfied, REALLY satisfied, in the fact that I’ve written these books, and the one I'm working on. As in if they don’t get published I won’t feel I wasted my time type of satisfied.

This is a really cool feeling.

I know many folks (me included) sometimes say, “even if I don’t get published I’m still going to write.” This is true, but some part of me still felt it would almost be a waste if any or all of my books didn’t make it.

How about you- how do you feel about your characters? About other folks characters?  Ever find one that didn't live up to the back of the book hype?


  1. Marie, great ideas! If I don't love my people I just can't finish their story. And I find I'll read a book once but if I love the characters I'll go back to that book many times, and anything else that author writes. I enjoy living "away from" neighbors, but some of these people I would LOVE to have right next door.

  2. Thanks for coming by Mona! I'm with you my stories are all about the people. Ru Paul says, "If you don't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" I think of it as if you don't love your characters, how the hell is anyone else going to? :)

  3. Great post Marie!! :)

    You know what bugs me? When you read a super Alpha male character who is being a complete ASS and then his "friend" characters keep telling the heroine and the reader how awesome he really is...

    I don't buy it! LOL I need to see him being awesome, not hear about other times when he was... :)

    Ah well... Loving your characters definitely makes writing the book more fun! :)


  4. Thanks for coming by and commenting Lisa :). I completely agree- as a reader I need to SEE behavior to back up the claim, if not, then the guy is just an ass ;).

  5. I really enjoyed your post, Marie. Interesting. I don't think I've ever given thought of measuring my characters against that of another book, but it sounds like fun. Since I've read your post, a few characters and counterparts have crossed my mind. I'm liking the self-amusement, thank you. :) And as far as the telling vs. showing, thank you for bringing that up. It is frustrating when the friends are the ones keeping the leads together all the time. Where's the romance in that?

  6. Thanks for coming by Ayla :) Glad I provided some entertainment. We need to create folks WE like first, then worry about others like them or not. And yeah, best friends who exsist solely to keep the couple together? That frustrates the heck out of me as a reader too!