Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Not everyone wants to be royalty. America Singer doesn't want to be. Not interested. Not going to even try. There's a lottery that brings 35 girls together for the chance to win Prince Maxon's heart, crown and social cast (#1--royalty).
It seems like America would jump at that since she is in cast #5 and often doesn't have enough to eat or even stay warm. But she has her heart set on marrying Aspen Leger. He's in caste #6, hard labor, just steps away from being destitute or homeless.
What she wants changes when her name is drawn in the lottery and she is sent to a sort of "Bachelor Royalty-style" competition and reality tv show. Only in this game--the winner will marry the prince and everyone will have to live with that consequence.
Creating Like-able Characters
You can tell by my past few blogposts that I'm working on the underpinnings of a new novel. Now that I know a little about my characters (see post on June 8th), how to make them strong ( May 15th), possible conflicts to escalate in the plot (May 29th) and the overall story and scene questions to tackle (May 22nd), I'm ready to dig a little deeper.
I'm going back to character development today--how to make the main character like-able. Here are just some possible ways:
•Make the character someone the reader can identify with by having similar background, values or lifestyle
•Make the character have a worthy goal or just trying to do the right thing
•Give her/him abilities or talents we can admire
•Put them in a situation that seems threatening or unfair
•Have them interact with someone who loves them, we'll love them by association
•They've experienced a tragedy and we empathize with how they are trying to pull it all back together