Characters are so hard to get right. I just read a book with arguably perfect people in it. Now I don’t mean that altogether literally—no discussion of sin or perfection was involved, but there was very little room for either personal growth or ongoing flaws.
Still 25I enjoyed the book. In a way, it just meant that the plot was more important in holding my attention. One can presume personal growth just happens offstage or in later books of the series.
Huh, unless people consider falling in love to be personal growth or development. One could argue that love or romance is a growth in trust, but I’m not sure I’d always equate it with one’s character, although it can. Shrug. I guess we could always argue about what is arguably perfect!
Anyway, I guess it begs the question whether people want to read about realistic people. I used to read predominantly about the fatally flawed, but I’m not sure whether I’d want to write that way.
What do you think? Would you rather use characterization as a tool (which I think is neutral, not bad) or as a realistic depiction? Is individual development your thing?
🙂 Maybe I’m glad I’m not writing a novel right now! But I’m saying a prayer for all of you who are!