Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rock Star Characters & The Almost Awesome

I'm of two minds when it comes to fictional characters I wish I'd created -- those who rock and those who need more time on the drum-kit.

The rock stars are characters so wonderfully written I eat, sleep, and breathe their world, motivations, and emotions long after the book is done. Someone mentions the author, the story, or even the one of the cast and I am instantly transported back into the magic I first felt upon discovery. I've a lot of those -- thankyouveddymuch, great authors -- but my top three are: 
  1. Katherine from Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew
  2. D'Artagnan from Dumas père's D'Artagnan Romances
  3. Cuchulain from Lllywelyn's Red Branch

Conversely, there are characters who surfaced with a great potential yet something was missing -- usually time on the page because they were secondary or tertiary characters (I'll refrain from mentioning characters who suffered from lackluster writing). These are the characters to whom I would devote entire books with full GMC personality and plot enhancements because I want to spend lots more quality time with them. My top three Could'a Been Contenda's are: 
  1. Cernunnos from Llywelyn's Epona: The Horse Goddess
  2. Ancaladar the Dragon from Lackey/Mallory's Obsidian Mountain trilogy 
  3. Captain Hook from Barrie's Peter & Wendy
Who are your rock stars, readers, and who do you think is one solo away from stardom?


  1. Red branch was such a good book. I loved it...of course Cuchulain kicks an immense amount of ass as a legendary figure.

    Ahhhh celtic mythology.

    1. Yay! Another Llywelyn fan!

      It probably would have been helpful for me to figure out how to pronounce his name before I committed to the book. As it was ... American phonetics really aren't that accurate with Celtic names. Go. Figure.

  2. Wasn't there a Captain Hook story? seems like there was...

    1. Yep, written, not by Barrie, but James Hart about 100 years later. Hart also wrote the screenplay for the Hook movie(starring Dustin Hoffman).