Everyone has heard of a hero with flaws. In fact, most hero’s are kind of boring without them. Whether it’s Achilles’ heel, Harry Potter’s impatience, or Bilbo’s need for cleanliness, every hero has something they struggle against–or is their undoing–in their tale.
But what about normal everyday stuff? What about the little things–pet peeves–that drive someone crazy. It seems like side character’s have them all the time–as quirks. So what are our writers so afraid of? What happens if they say their hunky lead doesn’t like hot weather? Or their pretty princess hates people who chew their nails? Or a young teen who doesn’t like stuffed animals or the smell of perfume or pigtails on adults. Are author’s so afraid of offending their readers that they won’t like the character anymore? That they’ll come across as prejudiced or politically incorrect?
Real people have all sorts of thoughts and feelings about things that bother them. Some have them forever, some have viewpoints that change.
Regardless, they are what make us human. They make us real.
So I say, let’s make more characters that aren’t flawed only because of some great thing they must overcome to save the day. Have them think peanut butter and jelly taste horrible together. Or that cats and dogs shouldn’t live in the same house.
Or that they don’t like olives. 🙂
PS-Coming soon–some very exciting writing news by the end of this month! I’m so excited. Stay tuned!!! –Christa