It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.
O is for Occultist
An occultist is a person versed in the occult arts including witches, wizards, sorcerers, psychics, enchantress, voodoo priests/priestesses, and necromancers (that one always sounds particularly creepy, no?).
While back in the day, these characters may have had a more antagonistic role in stories (think Rasputin), many genres have grown to includes them as protagonists in magical, alien, and sic-fi worlds.
Before you create an occultist character, make sure to do proper research on their tools/abilities (if you’re using an already existing archetype) or write a proper background before creating a new character/world. Make sure you stay consistent in the rules. As a reader, I can suspend disbelief to a certain extent. What I cannot extend, is the belief that a character would act way outside the norms that have been established earlier in the story/series or in ages old lore.
- Hermione (Harry Potter) – she is the brightest witch of her age, you know. And she fights against the patriarchy. 😉
- Cousins O’Dwyer in Nora Roberts’ Dark Witch Series – magick, rhymes, and Irish brogues? You know I’m down with that.
- Antagonist (that’s right, I refuse to be a spoiler) in Nora Roberts’ “Divine Evil”…which gave me nightmares when I was in high school, but was so fabulous I really should re-read.