I spent much of that applying research on series to several ideas in my head. I love telling stories and I struggle with deciding which story promises the best investment for your time. Yes, I said your time. Stories happen all the time, all day, all through my sleep, everywhere for me in my head. I want the best from myself because I value the time each of you give me.
Onward. This article on What Prose Writers Can Learn From Television, led my recent research for the best blog series I can write. I noted the guidelines and frequently referred back as I delved into each of my favourite shows and series (both past and present), my favourite characters, and why. I discovered trends; interesting characters forging the most common top reason for favourite shows. Intricate plot follows. My favourite characters are smart, funny, sarcastic, roguish/scoundrel, ditzy but nice, quirky, awkward, strong, sacrificing, loyal, “special” in some way, studious, charming (but real charm, not smarmy charm), spunky, mysterious, and as the above article points out, broken in some way.
I am particularly fond of the flirtatious rogue trope (but not the misogynistic/arrogant one, the rakish, but nice and charming “troublemaker” who never takes things seriously) and the tough-chick types. Of course, these are all just surface traits for the most part, I like character depth too.
Point is, I’m now farther along in character development for the blog series, but so many interesting characters need creating yet. I turn to you, my current audience (and perhaps future audience if you just started reading after I archive this post – I can always add characters). What character types interest you most? Or, name a favourite character or two and tell me a bit about why you like that character so much. What sort of lead do you prefer reading about? Any particular leads that make you grouchy?