Sunday, January 20, 2008

On Lead Characters . . .

Your lead character doesn't have to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and he doesn't have to stop speeding bullets with his bare hands, but he darn well better know the difference between right and wrong, and he better be kind to animals, and it sure wouldn't hurt any if he brushed his teeth regularly.

--from How to Write Best Selling Fiction by Dean Koontz.

3 comments:

Nicole said...

Amen to the kindness to animals and the teeth brushing.

Todd said...

What I like in a main character is humanity. Not a super human and not necessarily the overly flawed hero that has been popular of late, but someone who we see clearly, flaws and all, and who we see showing some growth throughout the unfolding of the story.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

I'm not crazy about the overly flawed lead character either.

I also don't like leads who are only marginally better than the bad guy(s).