Okay, so, sure we moan and groan when a character in a movie (or book) does something you obviously wouldn't do in that situation. But...do we secretly like it?
I mean, if it's so irritating, then why, why does it happen so often in so many very popular movies/books/TV shows? I think we, as a society, are secretly sadistic.
Or maybe not. But maybe we like yelling at the book/TV screen. Maybe we like feeling smarter than the character who's about to be zombie chow. For me, part of the fun about writing (or reading for that matter) is that the characters are allowed to make choices that your typical average Joe wouldn't make. A great example of this that springs to mind is my Demon's Call saga. The love triangle/choose between them thing has been done so much! And every time I groan about it. Not because the character is wishy-washy, or something like that. No. My beef with it is that this is a make-believe situation. I read to escape things like norms and expectations. I like fantasy. My gut reaction to the love triangle?
Why not both?
Why not have the character make the choice that none (or not many) of us would (even though, come on, you know you're thinking it!) ? I mean, it's fantasy. Make-believe. Fiction.
But I know there will be the naysayers out there who have to rain on our parade and tell us loopy dreamers that people are uncomfortable with things that don't fit our social norms (you know, like the ability to love more than one person... or open unrepentant threesomes ;) Sigh.
So what do you think? Um...not just about threesomes. What do you think about characters making those obviously unrealistic choices? Is it okay in fiction? Expected even? Or do you think a character has to be realistic at all times, even in their choices?
Do you ever write characters who break social norms?
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