The hubs and I finished out X-Files marathon yesterday. We watched all the way through Season 5 and then the movie. Which, not that great. It was bad enough after watching the episodes all in a row night after night. I can’t imagine what my fury would have been if, after watching the show faithfully for five years, I’d gone to see a movie that promised a Mulder/Scully kiss and got no freaking kiss. I remember the press. I remember them saying there would be a kiss. Screw you people!
So now we are on to the next level of geekitude, and have started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Or, as we refer to it, Star Trek for ladies.
Which is a good thing. DS9 is my favorite, and I think is a lot of womens’ favorite, simply because it is rather more soap-opera-y than the others. There’s more romance. There’s a war, which kicks ass. There’s interpersonal relationships and everyone hangs out in a bar and there’s all sorts of sexual innuendo (or as The Todd would say on Scrubs, “in-her-endo”) all over the place.
It’s actually enough to make me want to write a futuristic/sci-fi romance, which is something that just doesn’t interest me (sorry, my sci-fi friends.) I especially like the evil Kardassians, because they’re cruel and selfish and the greedy Ferenghi, because avaricious men are sexy. They’re ugly as sin, both of them, but if they weren’t I’d be drooling (actually, I drool a little anyway.)
Funny, for me it’s the vices of the heroes, as much as the virtues, that make them appealing. I like heroes who are a little arrogant, or rude, or who drink a little too much, or are selfish and greedy. I think that’s one reason I like writing vampires and demons et al so much.
Just as it’s the insecurities of a heroine that make her appealing just as much as the strengths. One of my books–the one I’m editing now (unsubbed yet)–needed some serious work, and still does. Because I did my job a little too well, you see. The heroine was supposed to come off as fairly shallow and unlikeable. But I made her loathesome. So irritating neither of my betas could finish the book, in fact. So irritating that the hero, a perfectly good hero (sexy and handsome and all that) seems like a moron for liking her. It was hard for me not to have him realize that, too. Once or twice I had to stop him from just getting up and leaving, because she really was mean to him.
So I’m going back and softening her up. This leads me into the post I will probably do tomorrow, about what’s good for the hero and not for the heroine, and then this week I will also have a New Year’s resolution book to write about (I’ve been too broke to buy books lately, which is why I haven’t done any in a bit) and the post Bernard inspired about romance and friendship.
So hopefully we’ll have lots goin on here this week!
What vices and virtues do you particularly like your characters to have? Which ones make you throw the book across the room?