robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
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Maybe next time...

Well, I heard back from the agent reviewing my full ms today. Her comment was that although the 'plot is intriguing, I'm not enthusiastic enough about the characters to offer representation.' At first I was bummed, but then I realized that hers is only one opinion. I also started thinking about my book -- and it's been a while now since I read through it -- and I realized that perhaps there isn't a lot of contrast between my characters. I've asked on the blue boards for characterization suggestions, and I've received a couple of good ones. Part of my style, however, is serious characters...they're not witty, they're not humorous (because I'm not, really). I think most of my friends consider me to be a happy person, and I enjoy humor, certainly. But I'm not funny, myself (although I can be very sarcastic -- and during college, especially, I had many people thinking I was funny). And when I write, I don't write humor...I'm sure I could try, but I don't want to force it, either.

I asked my dh today what he thinks of my characters, and he said, "I like 'em." Of course, what's he going to say? I have a friend who writes YA fantasy, as well, and her characters are larger than life -- I've told her before that they remind me of 'Katie John', which was one of my favorite books as a young girl. Probably Katie and Anne were the most vivid characters I know. Mine tend to be more like Vicki from 'Meet the Austins' or even Meg from 'A Wrinkle in Time' -- you know the type, serious and worried. I don't know that I'd call them 'larger than life' personally. However, as I contemplate this, I realize that I wouldn't call Harry Potter vivid, either. Snape is pretty vivid to me, as is Hermione and even Lupin. But Harry is very much the average guy (despite his talents)...and that's part of his charm, I think.

So the question is, how many of you write with the vivid, stand-out main characters, and how many use the quieter types, whose supporting cast might be more colorful? And then I must ask myself, is my supporting cast colorful enough to add that eclectic touch to my staid mcs? Good question...if I figure it out, I'll let you know.

Have a good weekend, all.
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