Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Falling in Love with Your Fictional Character
Yes, you heard it right. I fell in love with one of my characters. What’s even more ridiculous is that this character is a bad guy. He plots to kill people. But he is also three dimensional and he is the kind of guy you’d hate to love.
I suppose it makes it easier for me to fall in love with him because Lizzie, a main character in my novel, falls in love with him. I had to justify to myself that there had to be some redeeming qualities she saw in him.
For one, they were stuck together for the duration of the kidnapping. That made it easier for them to get to know each other better. For two, they share something. They know what it feels like to lose something and the pain associated with it.
Of course it doesn’t hurt that Amid—the kidnapper—is handsome, in a foreign type of a way. But I don’t want to tell you too much, because hopefully you’d be interested in buying the book. Eventually. When published.
My question to you: Has it ever happen to you? Have you ever experienced an attraction for one of your characters? And if so, how did it help in formulating your story?