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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 08:59:54am
Author: Rita
Subject: I'll give you (r)
In reply to: Swatkat 's message, "First...(r)" on Thursday, March 24, 04:05:06am

the pattern you've found. Looking at that list again, I'd say quite a few of my truly favorite characters have a tendency to have some traits in common.

Except for one, which is strange since he's really my most favorite character. And I can't say that it was the actor's portrayal rather than the character itself that drew me in. Hawk from Spenser For Hire was portrayed very well by Avery Brooks but it was after reading the books that the series was based on that he truly became my favorite.

He’s definitely not a hero or grudging leader or anything even remotely resembling a good guy. Of course he has a good quality or two that prevents labeling him as “bad guy” – otherwise he’d be boring and likely killed off before he could get interesting.

And in there, I think I hit on what I find most appealing in a character – someone who doesn’t walk the straight and narrow but has understandable lines that they won’t cross.

Of course there are exceptions (I love Monk and he’s a poster boy for straight and narrow), but for the most part my interest wanes when the moral ambiguity becomes less ambiguous and peaks when it becomes more ambiguous.

Which actually makes sense for me as I see fiction as “escape” (that’s not really the word I’m looking for but it’ll have to do) from every day. In RL I’d run far and fast and want nothing to do with them, but tucked safely away in fiction, they fascinate me.

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