Before I start... if I don't get my review of Gardens of the Moon up by Friday, will someone drive over here to Bellingham and kick my lazy butt? Please and thank you.
Besides that, I have a confession to make.
I may have many writing flaws (lack of organization being one of several) but I recently came to terms with one that I have tried to explain away dozens of times. It's time to face the music.
Hi. My name is Bethany Elizabeth, and I love writing perfect characters.
There, it's off my chest.
I know, I know, it's a big problem. But I'm trying to fix it one novel at a time. My newest WIP has more flawed characters, which is a step in the right direction. Still, I keep wanting to make them awesome. Noble. Heroic.
Which, as I've recently learned, is not incompatible with flawed characters. Think of Aragorn (from the movies, not the books - he's pretty flawless in the books). He's powerful, persevering, dutiful, but timid when it comes to claiming the throne.
And, as the game Dragon Age II has taught me, sometimes those flaws can be massive. Almost irreconcilable to a good person. The game excels at flawed, fascinating characters, and maybe I'll go into that in a separate video game post.
Basically, the world (Thedas) is full of mages, ruled over and protected by the Templars, a group of religious warriors. The reason Templars rule over mages is because mages are constantly at risk of being possessed by demons - especially when they use blood magic.
Now, not everyone is in favor of the Templars. Many support basic rights and freedoms for mages. But pretty much everyone agrees on one thing: blood magic = bad. Some mages use it out of sheer desperation, but no one wants to.
Check out the trailer for Dragon Age II - the man is the hero the player controls. (This is the second game, so most viewers already know blood magic is bad)
Wait... what? Awesome hero, nifty fight sequence... blood magic? By a hero?
And yet... you still want to play the game, right?
How do you avoid perfect characters? Or do you embrace them?