|Just don't expect us to share.|
shut up spell check. It's totally a word.
It's how we writers can make a reader care about someone who has a witch for a best friend and two smoking hot vampire brothers chasing after her (because abstractly, I kind of want to hate her and her good fortune).
|Just needed an excuse to google Somerhalder this morning.|
It's what makes us root for the geeky, less than coordinated, just-looking-for-a-shred-of-luck girl.
|Was I the only spasticly awesome nerd?|
Because we all share a common thread.
|Someone promised me cookies. I want my cookie!|
How did Darth get in this post?
Surely, there's no way we have anything in common with that man. I mean, we watched him play slice and dice with his lightsaber in a room full of little jedi younglings. That's cruel and cold-hearted. Unacceptable. Inexcusable.
So what if it was because his mind had been twisted over the thought of losing his one love and turning to the dark side was the only way he thought he could save her . . .
Huh. Well that still doesn't make what Darth did okay. But it does make a little more sense.*
Most importantly, it makes for an intriguing and complex character.
But we already knew villains need to have a little good in them--some small streak of humanity to ensure they're more than just a crusty old caricature--to make the story all the more compelling. However, we shouldn't overlook our main characters when dishing out sides of darkness. Whether we like it or not, we've all got a little bit of evil inside.
Yoda was a wise man (well. unspecified creature) and said many things worth remembering, but his teaching of the force wasn't always spot on.
|Wrong sometimes I am.|
Not only does the little green guy have a tendency to murder proper sentence structure, but he's basically condemned all of us to the dark side because the emotions he speaks of are the very ones we all carry around. And yes, they might be responsible for some of our less than stellar moments, but they're also what makes us human. Which is what makes us relatable. dammit spell check. Mark my words, I will end you.
So the next time you're staring at that spreadsheet of eye color, nose shape, and quirky habits for your main character, don't forget to add in a little drop of evil. You're not creating a character to win a Ms. Congeniality (or maybe you are. But you get my point.). You're creating something flawed. Something unique. Something human.
I'm certainly not perfect. Neither are you. But we've got friends and family that still love us, and your main characters--flaws and all--will still find readers that love them, too.
*the poster is in no way condoning the actions of young Anakin. Only illustrating that love, and all the other emotions we humans carry, lead us to other feelings and actions that at times make us act in ways we normally might not.