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.
Yep, my post is late and yes this means in a short time I will also post on my x word for the month….but hey c’est la vie.
There are a lot of characters (a large majority in the romance genre) who are wholesome, pure, and innocent…when the story starts at least. 😉
But do you want your character to remain wholesome for the entire novel? And can a character be too wholesome?
Alas, this is a choice that many authors have to make (assuming you don’t write children’s books).
I am more of a fan of multi-faceted characters, who have both light and dark within them. I think the internal struggles of characters, and even characters that are anti-heroes and later become heroes, make for the most interesting/engaging/enjoyable stories. I even enjoy romance novels when the hero starts off as quite the devilish rogue (like in the Devil in Winter) or has bad intentions. Why? Well, I like the brooding, the evolution of a character, and the war within the self…and so do a lot of other readers. 😉
Notable Wholesome Characters:
- Spiderman, except for those commitment issues 😉
- The daughter in “Taken” – side note: OMG, watch this movie again and notice how overly childlike they make this teenager..the way she walks, the way she embraces family, even the way she talks. This is a prime example of over-wholesomeness in a character which, in my opinion, should be avoided.
- Many romance novel heroines, especially those from the historical romance sub-genre