Monthly Archives: December 2013

I’m back! Topic for today is…boring protagonists.

Woe is me, woe is me.  School is over with (until the middle of January), I don’t work until Friday, and I’m waiting on some beta readers to help pour over my work.  

That means blogging time again!  Yay!  

So, considering that Torn Lace has been rewritten three times now, I’ve found out that my main protagonist is actually quite a dull person.  Now, this was completely intentional.  I’ve known plenty of well meaning, good natured people with their hearts in the right place.  

Only they were as dumb as the bad guy rambling into exposition towards the end of the movie, instead of just killing the good guy right there and then.  

So, should I just let that character trait stand?  After all, if a character is complex is other ways, or shows a sort of physical intelligence, wouldn’t that stand out as well?  

I’m reminded of when I was a kid and fell in love with Star Wars.  I didn’t think of it at the time, but looking back now, Luke Skywalker was a boring character.  I mean, besides complaining to Obi Wan about Darth Vader, and locking lips with his sister, I can’t really remember any memorable line or action he performed in that 1977 movie.  In short, he was a boring protagonist.  

Now, juxtaposition that with someone like Vader.  Cool, calm, deadly, self-assured, and willing to do anything to spread the power of the Empire.  



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