Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Creation of Memorable Characters
I must confess to rather liking good/bad girls. Francine wrote about Scarlett. I always think Scarlett is a good/bad girl. For someone who courageously battles against tremendous odds she is spectacular stupid at times. Her unrequited love for Ashley surely proves that. But how clever of Margaret Mitchell to make us like and dislike her.
One of my favourite good/bad girls if Amber in Forever Amber.(Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor). Here is a woman who is a survivor, dragging herself up from the bottom of the ladder to become the mistress of the Merry Monarch, marrying very wealthy men on the way. However, in spite of her courage and determination, she too persists in her love for a man who doesn’t love her, and will never marry her. Like Ashley Wilkes, Amber’s Bruce is a drip of a man, and cruel too.
I don’t have good bad/girls in my books. I like my characters, although they might have one or two faults but they could not be described as good/bad girls. I particularly like Maddie in Eden’s Child. I have always had a soft spot for Maddie, not only is she courageous but she is kind and good too. She is attracted to my hero but he cannot abide her. Yet Nevis is not an Ashley Wilkes or a Bruce. He is all man and I confess to still being in love with him.
I remember all my characters. Of course I do, and I imagine other writers can too, but are they memorable to my readers? I have no idea for if you have a response from a reader it is usually immediately after they have read the book. If they do remember them for much longer I doubt I will ever know. I try to make them memorable…do I succeed? I wish I knew!