I know that isn’t the line exactly, but when I thought of this post, this track is what I thought of. Yes, I do like it.
Last time I talked about my characters being likeable. To start, I thought I’d just say that while Ileandra doesn’t start as a likeable characters, other characters of mine do. It’s just her that I wanted to work for it. :p
Today, however, I want to talk about writing other than my own.
Early last week I started rereading a series of books I’ve owned since I was about fifteen. As usual with posts like these, I’m not going to tell you who the series is written by or what it is called, I’m just going to talk about it.
At fifteen, my tastes were very specific and I didn’t branch much out of a specific genre while reading. This series fitted that niche perfectly and I gobbled them up one after the other. The main character to my mind was strong, funny, practical and loveable.
After a gap of a good twelve years I came back to the series because I realised that there were far more books after the point that I’d stopped collecting them. So I started from the top.
The moment I started reading I got another clear and frightening glimpse of how much my tastes and style have changed. For one thing I think these books are poorly written. Extremely poorly written. Description is bland and repetitive, the main character focuses on clothing in a way I’ve never seen outside a character that wasn’t superficial and material. The narrative, though written in first person, is clunky, even for that and littered with irritating clichés. Worse than that, is that the editions I own are absolutely packed with typos.Worse than this, was the main character. I had always loved this person and taken elements of their personality to help bulk out some of my roleplay characters. Now, this person is selfish, arrogant, inconsistent, petty and a bit of a sociopath. What I thought was strong is just plain savage. What was once practical is now ruthless. Loveable has become bloody annoying.
I no longer like this character at all.
And yet I have bought five more of the books to fill in the holes in my collection. I’m reading them at a rate of one a day, even with the kids, work, writing and sleeping to do. I still love them.
That confuses me. Without giving too much away, I can’t talk about all the things that draw me to these books, but I can say I don’t understand myself. I can also say that my reaction to this book and the character gives me more hope for SORB. Yes, Ileandra may not be a likeable character, but neither is this one I’ve been reading about. I certainly don’t have the incredible fan base that this author has, but I know that there are people out there who will still read about main characters that aren’t particularly likeable. And mine grows to be more so, while this one gets more arrogant, selfish and crazy.
Go on folks, tell me about characters you’ve come to dislike. Or characters about whom your opinion has drastically changed. I love hearing from you and remember, for each comment you make on posts throughout August up to September 26, your name will be put in the draw to win one of four free copies of my upcoming ebook. What are you waiting for! 🙂