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My favorite post this week is actually two.
The first post really made me think about how we writers sometimes just don’t think outside the box when it comes to developing our characters.
The post, written by Kris over at Fiction Without Placebo, was on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, a book in a series I loved. Her post made me think: Why did I love Lisbeth so much?
The answer was easy: I like bad ass heroines. I just do. But, even more than that, I liked that she was different; that her life experiences shaped her in a very possible way. (She’s a little disturbed, if you haven’t read the books). But…the outcome that is Lisbeth seems appropriate.
The point that Kris made was that we often misjudge people by appearances, like Lisbeth. She didn’t look like a genius, but that takes us back to the old “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”
My question was this: When we create characters, do we:
- Consider their history and life experiences as we should? I’ve definitely read books where the main character did not seem like what the sum of his/her past experiences should have equaled up to.
- Allow stereotypes to get in our way of designing more intriguing characters? I know I have and I really don’t know why. I love characters who are not as they appear. I love feeling like the writer has truly taken me to the core of that character and blown me away by what I found there.
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