And gifs! Well, still ones.
I’ve seen a lot of posts buzzing around the internet about why people dislike characters and what acceptable reasons to dislike a character there are. Since I’m a sucker for characterization, I’d thought I’d share what I think are acceptable and..well, not so acceptable reasons to dislike or hate a protagonist.
A week or so ago, there was a debate going around the ex-Inkie-Figgie community about whether or not the YA genre (young adult, for the non-term savvy) and books in general hold any sort of literary value these days. By literary value, I mean books that contain the kind of stuff you’d read about in English class: allegories, symbolism, deeper themes, complex plot structures. Books like Lord of the Flies or The Great Gatsby are highly regarded as works with great literary value.
It got me thinking. Is writing to entertain wrong? Should every work of fiction strive to be the next Scarlet Letter or the next great Shakespearean play?
Here’s my personal philosophy on this debate: You should write what you’re passionate about.