How much more can you take, before you brake?

February 17, 2010 at 12:57 (General)

I wonder if you noticed the same thing I did.
People in TV shows seem to be trouble magnets.
I have decided to take a closer look at that.

It’s not that our real lives are trouble free.
And achieving ones goals should not be easy.
I did mention that I like the Die Hard movie series.

People want action, that’s for sure.
But with TV Shows it goes to the extreme.

How many bad things can happen to one person.
I start to get the feeling that people in soap operas are meant to be unhappy their whole lives.
They will not find love, and if they do, their loved one will surely die. Or cheat on them.
One thing that they have, in most of the cases, are money. Perhaps to give credit to the statement that you cannot buy happiness.

The worst part is that writers often turn their books into one big TV show.
I said it once before, I will say it once more.
It’s all about balance.
Balance is very important.
Don’t make characters in your book the most miserable people on the whole planet.
Give them hope and make them good at something, make them succeed at something no matter how small.
Even in the sea of misery, there should be at least one island of happiness.
No matter how cheesy this line is.

From time to time I have to control the need to make my characters suffer.
To make it more real.
Even in fantasy books some level of realism is important.

Besides, if there will be too much violence, pain and suffering in your book, you will narrow the circle of your potential readers.
There are only so many people who love ‘blood red’ books.

Thank you for reading.



  1. Arashi said,

    I think that, especially in fantasy books, psychologically real character is very important, even if not the most important, part of the plot. If there are dragons, wizards and more that fantasy or s-f stuff, there must be something familiar to the reader by what he or she can feel, that the story might be real.

    • aishikami said,

      Thank you. That is exactly what I mean. Otherwise, the reader will not be able to suspend his or her disbelieve. And the story will be nothing more than a fable. It’s not a bad thing only if the writer wanted to create a fable ;p.

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