Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Moments When the Protagonist Awes Other Characters, Curing the Addiction To

As threatened promised hinted at.

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The next one might be on oppression, though the Invisible Pink Unicorn knows it’s a rant I’m wary of writing.
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Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Ten ways of making all-powerful, unique protagonists tolerable

I don’t think it’s easy, mind. But it can be done.

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For the record, I still think stories without all-powerful, unsurpassable characters are much more interesting, and I prefer protagonists who have qualities that every character could have, only magnified by the events of the story or their pasts.
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Friday, October 14th, 2005

Rant on things that really irritate Limyaael

This is just a little Warning.

In most rants, I attempt to have a sense of moderation. There might, for example, be one situation where I think a stupid villain would work, if [insert condition x here] exists. Or there might be a situation where the heroine of the book could be a red-haired, fiery-tempered fire mage and not annoy me. (Arguably, there is one book kind of like that, Sarah Micklem’s Firethorn…but the heroine doesn’t have any control of the fire magic, which comes as a favor from the gods, and she is not in the least fiery-tempered, being the ‘hero’s’ obsessed and codependent camp follower, so nevermind). Or I’ll try to suggest solutions that I think will better the problems I see, even if those solutions aren’t common in fantasy, probably because many authors actually like the stupid things better.

This rant is just on things that annoy me. I’m not going to try to justify them, or excuse them. This is me in full out rant-mode. Also, there are lots of swear words, including the one I heard primly referred to as the ‘f-bomb’ the other day.

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That is the longest rant I have ever done. And it only took me an hour and a half.

Guess I’ve had my say.
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Friday, May 21st, 2004

Author's Darlings, and murdering them in their cradles.

Author's Darlings are not, for me, the same as Canon Mary Sues. Canon Mary Sues I consider those characters whose perceptions are perfectly in accord with objective reality, who are always right, who don't make mistakes. Author's Darlings are the characters who, when I read them, make me able to hear the author going, "Teehee! Isn't he cute?" in the background, or "Awww! Isn't she wonderful?" in the background.

No, they are not cute. They are not wonderful. They need to die now, and people need to learn the difference between loving their characters and falling in love with their characters.

To show more clearly what I mean, I'll use a character who could so easily have been an Author's Darling, but instead turned out pretty damn good: Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos.

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Having seen enough truly creepy character obsessions in fandom, I have no desire to see more in fantasy fiction.
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