Media, unfortunately, often dictates how certain groups of people are perceived in society. This is why representation is so important in TV, movies, and books. This need for representation goes beyond just race, gender, and sexuality. It is also important with personality types and niches of humans. For instance, the way awkward characters are treated is often a misrepresentation.
But everything has flaws in it, and Harry Potter is no exception. To me, the most annoying was her use of dialect, primarily with Hagrid.
So a while back I was looking for characters sheets and quizzes to help with the characters I was writing. Some were the typical character sheets - the ones made for authors. But I came across one that was for personal insight. Originally, I was going to tackle it the way I usually do. But a little ways into the first one I started having fun with it. I think I found out more about my characters through that.
Each of Rowling's characters have a wide range of both positive and negative traits and do both good and bad things. It's what makes her characters seem so real.
As an action, adventure, and fast-paced fan, the fact the Shannon Hale's The Princess Academy and Books of Bayern are some of my favorite series may seem a little odd. There are many things I absolutely love about this book, but if there's one thing that stands out above it all it's her character development. Both her male and... Continue Reading →
The number one problem with romance, as I said above, is when the chemistry seems forced. When two characters are forced together for no reason other than because they need to be in a relationship, it comes across as... well, forced. Force relationship are dry, and much worse than letting characters stay single.
And suddenly those character sheets go out the window.