Wednesday, November 15, 2006

AUTHOR BAD HABITS PT2

(in a 'top ten' format...we all love that format really)

7. Brilliant AND Beautiful protagonists: why is it that the main character who's, for example, a forensic pathologist, has to actually be a BRILLIANT forensic pathologist? Not only that of course, he (or she) is stunningly attractive too, and of course incredibly funny and quick with the sassy comebacks. Oh...and yes, able to trade blows with the bad guy's henchmen, AND speak a second language fluently at a very convenient moment in the story. One thing that's guaranteed to have me tossing a book across my room is a SUPERhero. Gimme a regular guy who's just okay at his job, makes mistakes, doesn't fall into bed with every incidental character of the opposite sex, and you know...just looks pretty average.

Really ticks me off - characters like that. Crappy 2d hero stereo-types like that are why I never got any further than chapter 5 of The Da Vinci Code.

3 comments:

parmenion said...

does the ordinary looking guy get to do any bed hopping?? {grin}

AndyC said...

Prob not Parm...hehe

I think that's why we like Al's and Simon's books so much, the characters are normal and make mistakes, makes them more real and believable.

I do agree with Al, that the "superhero" character to just plain silly, you can see that in James Bond until the latest film, where they have realised that going back to basics will make a better film etc etc

John Prigent said...

Oh Alex! Do you mean the you _don't speak several languages, have unarmed combat skills and a marksman ratings with several guns? I won't ask about your physical beauty or great wit (grin).