Thursday, 12 April 2012

Losers and Winners

Losers and Winners starts with an 'L'
In my novel, I want to get the sense that there is a confusion between who is the winner and who is the loser. Who is the bad guy and who is the good guy? 
Although I love Harry Potter, it has to be said that the distinction is almost patronizingly clear - 
Harry, Ron and Hermione are good, Voldemort is bad:

(What a nice picture!)


Okay, there are exceptions like Snape, but, by the end of the books, we are told exactly how we are meant to think of him.
Or even in Lord of the Rings. Hobbits are good, Elves are creepy, Sauron is bad. End of.
Then you get The Hunger Games, my new obsession: each character has good and bad sides to them!
(I have only read the first book, so, anyone who wants to comment, please don't give away any details :) )
I think books are far cleverer when you never know whether to like the character or not -  it makes the characters far closer to humans - it is a very human thing to have a good and bad side to one person.
Okay, it was a short rant, but I think it is over :)
Sorry you didn't learn much today, but this did contribute to my novel project!

Why don't I put in a random fact of the day?

Ants don't sleep.

Weird! I find that really odd.
Anyways, hope you enjoyed this rather odd post :)
M. x


  1. I do like when a character has a bit of both, at least enough to make them curious to me.
    Thanks for that random fact--no wonder they can get in and take over a kitchen so quickly--they have so much time!
    And by the way, thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  2. Characters are so much more interesting when they're more diverse.
    I just dropped by your blog again and saw your most recent post.
    It made me decide to follow you.
    M. x

  3. Ants can, however, discover religion. They've been known to spend nights hanging from blades of grass while and gazing longingly at the night sky, but it's mostly just a fluke. A lancet fluke, to be specific.