Sunday, September 11, 2011

Just For Thought (12)

Are we addicted to our characters; pain & torture?

lol.  Yeah, that sounds a little harsh.  But it caught your attention. ;D

I know, I know.  With out the characters being in emotional or physical pain or torment there wouldn't be a story.  Yeah, that is true.  But do you find yourself attracted to more action and fighting or to the emotional growing pains?

I, personally, am addicted to both.  There is an extreme in the pain, but watching the characters go through it and coming to an end show there is light at the end of the tunnel and maybe a chance of something good after all that misery.  The pages of a book go faster than the reality of real life, so it's nice to see there could be a silver lining somewhere.  Even if it is that your lover or best friend passes on, there is something else to be taken away from it if you try hard enough.

No, I know there wont be no magic fireball coming from a delayed arriving friend to save my life or a bird swooping out of the air who has been watching over me.  But I like my magical make believe. ;)  It's hard as life, in the big up front and real, doesn't end that way.  But at least someone can get the happy ending.

That's my quick thoughts.  Oh, I have plenty more to go with this but we'll get there as we get chatting in the comments.

So what about you?  Are you addicted to the pain and torment of your characters?  Which is the biggest hitter for you?


  1. I love it. I love it because it eventually leads us to a HEA. Even if things look bleak you know that around the corner something magical will happen and set things to rights. Unfortunately life is not like that, but at least my books are! :)

  2. Melissa (Books&Things) - That is it. There is some sort of HEA in the end and makes the whole rocky ride worth it. :) Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Like in real life, I feel that characters should earn their happiness in the end. Who wants to read about someone who has a wonderful life and only great things happen to them? We want our characters to suffer because we suffer. And if they get a golden ending then maybe in our hearts we'll have hope that our real-life suffering will lead up to happiness as well.

    That's my naive philosophizing for this week :)


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