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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

Question: What personality traits do you love/hate in a character?

Answer:

I’m a few days late with this as I try to ease my way back into some kind of routine – but I have to start somewhere so here we go!

Hate:
~ I really hate when characters complain about how they keep getting dragged into things and then keep letting themselves get dragged into things.

Example: Sookie Stackhouse. She is ALWAYS whining about being dragged into vampire and werewolf politics and then goes traipsing into the woods after every weird sound. She always gets right in the middle of everything – even if she doesn’t have to. I admire her sense of fairness and loyalty to her friends – but if you’re going to do that, then stop complaining about it.

I find this most often in UF heroines – Kate Daniels is another example ( I LOVE her but seriously – you don’t need to do everything yourself! then complain about it. Delegate woman!)

~ In romance - guys who deem themselves unworthy of the heroine so they treat her like shit at every turn but give her an orgasm every chance they get – leaving a minute later – because “I’m no good for her." And they never let her move on with someone better.

Step up or step off asswipe!

Love:

~ I don’t mind flawed/unlikable characters but I LOVE when they see their flaws and do the hard work to change those things. They may have setbacks but their intentions are good and they move forward as a character.

So those are just a couple of my love/hate personality traits. What are yours?

Also...happy spring!


26 comments:

  1. Hello and congrats on getting moved it! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the PNW!

    Yes - my pet peeve is characters who say “I don’t want to whatever” and then proceed to do exactly that.

    Blogger is letting me comment but not leave a link. Oh, Blogger, why do you hate me so?

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    1. Hey - it let you comment! Don't get greedy hehe

      I HATE when characters keep complaining about something they keep doing for over 300 pages.

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  2. Hope you are all settled and that the move went well. Great answers. I totally agree about your Sookie and Kate comparison.

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    1. I love Kate but tell everyone to f off and take a nap! lol

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  3. I laughed so hard, when I read your "hates", because those characters always strike me as ridiculous. I am unworthy, so I'll be hostile towards you. Huh? I hate being pulled into your drama, but I will once again join your drama. Their actions make no sense.

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    1. Seriously - if you feel unworthy and don't want to change move on!

      And if you want to hop on the drama train constantly - go for it. But don't complain about it. lol

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  4. Oh yes. Those things you described that you hate are super annoying. And I also love characters who are flawed but trying <3

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    1. It really is all about the trying. They do't need to get it right 100% of the time - but know when you're wrong and try to do better.

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  5. I hate whiny females who cry when they break a nail and the bullying guys who treat their women like crud but she always puts up with getting knocked about because it is lurve!!!

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  6. I agree about hating when the guys think they don't deserve the girl but then do everything to keep stringing her along!

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    1. It's the stringing them along part that bugs me so much. They won't commit but give her a quickie orgasm in an alley if she so much as looks at another guy to keep her hanging on.

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  7. Oh yeah, the characters who are constantly dragged into drama and don't seem to know how to avoid it or walk away. It's like, they are *always* in the thick of it. Gah!

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    1. Yes. And when they complain about being put out by it. Then - oh I don't know - say NO lol

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  8. I don't like whiny drama queens. But I do like an emotionally scarred character that comes out of their shell.

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    1. Oooh yes, me too! But I feel like that's the - doing the work thing that I love so much.

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  9. Oh oh yes!!! Gods, I hate the I am no good to her, I will leave, FU man, she loves you and you love her. Man up

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    1. Exactly. If you truly think you're no good and don't want to change then leave. Let her move on. If she's (or he) is worth it then step up!

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  10. "Step up or step off asswipe!" - haha I love this, but so so true! I am definitely sick of the whole "I'm no good for you" trope you see in books. Like, stop, please.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I guess it's ok to not feel worthy but when they keep going after the girl (especially having sex) then back off a second later - but won't let her move on. It's just so annoying.

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  11. Flawed characters who become aware of that and then try to change are the best. I think try is the key thing because sometimes they fail (villains) but I do love that. I also really hate the romance trope you mentioned about them treating women badly but then just have sex all the time anyway >.> NO THANKS!

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    1. I love a good redemption arc. When you realize you need to step up or back off.

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  12. I'm okay with someone who may be emotionally flawed which happens in lots of military or medical stories, but when someone has a mean personality or appears to be wimpy, that's a turn off. As far as people getting into things they say they don't want to get into. I see people do that a lot in real life (lol), and before you know it, there's unwanted drama. Hope you're doing well Karen! Hugs...RO

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    1. Yeah - people make mistakes but stepping into it over and over again (while complaining that you get dragged into it) bugs me. In real life too lol

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  13. Quote: "~ In romance - guys who deem themselves unworthy of the heroine so they treat her like shit at every turn but give her an orgasm every chance they get – leaving a minute later – because “I’m no good for her." And they never let her move on with someone better.

    Step up or step off asswipe!"

    Haha, loved your bottom line! Of course I wouldn't know, since I don't read romance, but I somehow guess there's plenty of them? And if it's true that most romance writers are women, why on earth would they write their "heroes" that way? and have their "heroines" put up with that crap?

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  14. My sister loved the Sookie Stackhouse books. She kind of let herself get dragged into situations on the tv show, too. Ha ha. 😀

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