Sunday, August 15, 2010
I have a love/hate relationship with them.
I love going back to favorite characters, but always fear that the author/filmmaker has run out of ideas of what to do with them.
You know the term 'sophomore slump' and have seen or read it many a times. It is where the first book/film kicks serious ass, but then the next attempt, is just that... an attempt.
The plot feels like a retread. The characters feel like they are just phoning in their roles.
Since I knew that Plain Jane was just the first in hopefully many Harbinger novels, I knew I needed to address this issue.
I couldn't have my Hero go through a full arc. I needed to have him grow, yes. But be healed? No!
However the reader wants the sensation of an arc completed. You HAVE to have it or no matter your intentions, no one will read book two.
Luckily I have some writing under my belt and I developed a 'shadow' hero.
This is an apparently secondary character who is actually the one completing the traditional Hero's arc, only in the background.
All eyes are on the Hero, and let's be clear I had to make sure Kent went through ALOT, but if you notice, he is more sensitive in the end, he is not radically changed.
My challenge to those of you who have read Plain Jane is to tell me who my 'shadow' Hero is.
If you haven't read Plain Jane... Um... why not??? LOL
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