On Writing Thursdays
Your characters are like your children, right? There's no doubt in any one's mind that J.K R LOVED Harry and the rest of her magically cast. Watching them grow up, I became highly attached to them, I can't image how hard it was for her to stop playing with them in her head.
I've written four books. Two books were about the same characters. I could go into the whole back story about how that cluster happened, but that's not what this post is about. It's about characters.
In every book I write, I have characters I LUV. 99% of the time it's not the main characters.
Don't give me Buffy and Angel, give me Xander and Willow or better yet, Giles and Oz.
Don't give me Scully and Mulder, give me the 3 Lone Gunman.
Don't give me Bella and Edward give me Alice and Seth. <--yep Seth..my all time FAVORITE character in the twilight books, because he sits in a how full of vampires and eats lunch there. 4th book. Read it.
Minor characters is VITAL to the story and 78.974% of the time more interesting. (BTW in case it doesn't need to be said, I'm making up my stats)
Not only do they have to deal with all the crap the main character has to deal with, because let's face it, they tend to be in the scenes when sh*t goes down anyway, but they also have to put up with the MAIN CHARACTER.
Let's face this fact too, the main character has some pretty deep flaws and can be kinda annoying. Bella, I'm looking in your direction. But I''m willing to put up with it because Alice likes her. And I like Alice.
The minor characters tend to have the best lines, call out the MC's when needed and sometimes do something so heroic you can't help but fall in love with them.
In my book, recently renamed, How to Pwn Noobz and Become a Rock Star, my favorite character is Dave. I love him so much I gave him the house I grew up in.
On the other hand there are characters I don't know as well. There's a character in How to Pwn Noobz, who has been around since the first draft of the first book and I still don't know him very well. He's kinda like that friend you have that you're sort of indifferent to. They have a car, and they don't really annoy you very much but you could take them or leave them. For me that's Jason. He's important to the plot and needs to be in the story, but I'm not as emotionally attached to him as others.
What about you? Do you have favorite children/characters? Do you have character's you don't know or like as much?