A to Z – W (WR)

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.

W is for Wholesome

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



6 thoughts on “A to Z – W (WR)”

  1. I love the Wholesomes, because you just can’t take them seriously. Any time a character gets put up on a pedestal, I cannot wait to see them get knocked down. The faux-wholesome characters (like Galahad in Monty Python) are fun too. They’re so wholesome and good you think you might get diabetes if you watch or read any more…and then you watch them get corrupted. It’s glorious. Spider-Man is one of my favorites here, and a unique example of a long-enduring character not losing that wholesomeness, no matter what he endures. Great Post!

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    1. lol. I think that is why so many characters start off as wholesome…so people can watch the decent. Walter White in Breaking Bad is a good and extremely intense example of this.

      And like you, I also enjoy the wholesome character (like Spiderman) who, while no longer as sparklingly pure as he or she was in the beginning of the story, is somehow able to keep some of their wholesomeness no matter what happens 🙂

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  2. Anne of Green Gables. I love her ever-so-slight rebelliousness–but she’s basically wholesome and held my attention for a bunch of books. I think in a cynical age we don’t take wholesome seriously, but maybe we should.

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    1. She is an excellent wholesome, yet rebellious character! 🙂 and it’s true, while we are cynical, there are some wholesome characters that still deserve respect and appreciation 🙂

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