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Friday, December 15, 2006

Characters and Happy Childhoods

I was thinking about this, and don't know if I've blogged about it. But, of course, having an unhappy childhood is wonderful for motivating your characters in different ways.

Naturally I thought of my own books and it's rare that my heroes or heroines have happy childhoods, which is a rather depressing pattern.

T'Ash – whole family died, on the streets, Danith – parents died, orphanage
Ruis - abused by uncle, Ailim – good
Holm – good, Lark – domineering father
Straif – whole family died as a teen, Mitchella – good
Ilex – father died, cold mother, Trif – good
Saille – abusive grandmother, Dufleur – cold parents
Alexa – foster homes, Bastien – emotionally abusive father
Marian – emotionally abusive mother, Jacquar – parents died, on streets, then loving adoptive parents

Calli – cold father, Marrec – family died, fostered

Another pattern. Sigh, and, of course, only Trif had a completely good childhood, girlhood, and adulthood. Bad odds if you're a character of mine.

May you understand your characters' childhoods today.


Blogger CE Murphy said...

Bad childhoods are great character fodder. :)

3:20 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...


1:18 AM  

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