Worthy Characters: is worthy important
edited: Thursday, December 21, 2000
By N C Anderson
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2000
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How a reader becomes involved in a story: character association?
is worthy important?
Once I had a comment that "I don't think your heroine is good enough for the hero. I don't like her." Since most of the readers did not mention feeling this way, it took me a while to realize that the reader had fallen in love with the hero and was jealous.
How, I wondered, can I ever fix that!?!
I mean--would any heroine be worthy of this hero to such a reader? I mean--I love him, too. Would I have to write a heroine that fit every reader so they could see themselves as the heroine in the story?
THAT'S IT! I say to myself, of course!
My readers are women reading about heros! They want to be the heroine in the piece. It isn't a question of 'relating' to the heroine, it is 'becoming' the heroine.
I suddenly realize that I'm not crazy about very many 'women' actors--why? Well, now that I look at it, it's because it is the hero I'm paying attention to in the movies. I wanna watch Mel and the heroine better be deserving of him--treat him right. Could it be that I become her in the concentration of the movie? Is that why I'm enjoying it? Perhaps I need to make a list of the actresses I like and define why. Perhaps I should make a list of the actors I love and define why. What type of stories are these actors/actresses usually taking parts in and making me love them?
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|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|enjoyed the read, maybe some short stories too?|
|Reviewed by Sherry Gibson
Great observation on the nature of the female heart! A very good article and one I enjoyed. I always like to check out the work of fellow P/A authors.
|Reviewed by Eddie Thompson
|I love the suggestion at the end. I'll try it.|
|Reviewed by Jim Dunlap
|Since I write short stories once in a while myself, I found this to be extremely interesting. You're very intuitive.|