Authors Answer 59 – Characters of the Dark Side

Characters You Hate

I’ve attempted to create one character that is terrifying and somehow evil incarnate. It’s a horror SF being I won’t describe here, but as unredeemable as its actions are, it is an ‘it’. There’s even something I made beautiful about it. So, I can’t hate it, even as I wrote how its actions are what humans would consider despicable. What’s worse to me, are characters who, for whatever reason, bore me. I don’t mean deliberate Eric Olthwaite humour boring, but unintended flat boring. I can hate them and their creators for that and so, try not to make my characters boring.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just opened to sold out audiences, and everyone loves the original trilogy’s villain, Darth Vader. But he is a favourite of many fans’. What about characters that are absolutely hated by readers? But what if those characters are hated by their creators?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 59 – Have you ever written a character so offensive that you hated or strongly disliked them?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Yessir! But don’t worry, she’s evolved. She’s the main character from the four-part YA-fantasy series I’m writing right now, but she (and the story itself) have changed a massive amount since I first started writing it. Originally I started writing this particular story back in college, and I was using it as a form of cathartic therapy after my boyfriend of five years broke up with me. Because of a combination of little experience in professional story-writing and the wave of…

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