- The reluctant hero who turns out well in the end. This covers everyone from Frodo Baggins to Scooby Doo (!) but what I love here is how the character comes to terms with the fact they have to be heroic, complete the quest, unmask the bad guy and so on and get on and do so. (Even if in Scooby's case it does take a load of Scooby snacks!).
- The misunderstood character who isn't the evil so-and-so everyone thought. My favourite of this type here has to be Severus Snape. I was rooting all through the Harry Potter novels as each came out that Severus would not turn out to be "just" a villain. I would have felt that was something of a let down. Why? Because it was clear early on that he was a complicated character and capable of much more than "just" villainy. (Only shame was his fate - I would've loved to have read more stories on how Snape and Potter come to terms with what happened after the last novel. There would have had to be have been changes in their relationship for a start).
- The heroine who is absolutely as good as the heroes and in many cases better. Take a bow, Hermione Granger and, back to the Scooby Doo theme, Velma. (I always did feel sorry for her. I knew then intelligent girls in glasses were not rated as highly as they should be. The fact I'm female, reasonably intelligent and wear glasses has everything to do with this!). I never did like the "heroines" whose only role was to look pretty, scream and wait for the hero to rescue them. For me Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds and Sarah Jane Smith from Classic Doctor Who were the heroines I looked up to when growing up. They weren't afraid to use their brains. As a result they were far more interesting characters.
My favourite character types include:-
Some useful tips I've learned/read about/been advised on with regard to world building include:-
Hope you find these thoughts useful. But reading well always pays off. Depth of knowledge comes through in a story. (Not by showing off, that will put readers off, but you will write with a confidence that comes from knowing your subject and that will come through).
The great joy with writing any kind of science fiction/fantasy is getting to make up your own worlds. You lay down the rules for those worlds and set your characters going. But does your story take place on one world or can your main peoples visit other worlds? If so, do they disguise themselves or do they want to be spotted? Is the idea to encourage links between worlds?
Can other species live on your main world and, if so, how does this go down with the general populace? Does racism rear its very ugly head and, if so, how is this combatted?
What do other worlds think of your main characters visiting them? Does this discovery encourage then to be more outward looking or is their reaction worse? What form does their racism take? How is racism dealt with (and do the authorities react to this willingly or do they have to be pushed to do the right thing?).
Further to yesterday's posts, other work possibilities for well known characters could include:-
It always takes me a few days to get back fully into the swing of things after a break like Christmas. I tend to build myself back into my writing slowly and by the end of the week, it will be as if I've never had a break at all. So what would fairytale characters do either after a holiday or after their main work has stopped and they've got to look for employment elsewhere?
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.