Thanks to my wife I am spending significant time thinking about Zodiac signs this week. Most of my characters don’t fit any specific, given sign and I am wondering if including some of these traits would expand their reality for me. I don’t mean to sound like I don’t know my characters – I have spent so much time working with their personalities that I can often spot them in crowds as I go about my day. My question is more about enhancing them. I certainly have a couple that could be fluffed up a bit and made less flat. I have spent more time with my favorites than I probably should have and am feeling a bit guilty about that.
It’s tough for me to fully flesh out a character that I don’t care for. It’s kind of like trying to show compassion or love to a spider. They don’t seem to give a damn whether I like them or not so my efforts go mostly unrewarded until I reach the end. Once my creations are released to the world and I find that most people flat-out dislike my antagonists as much as I do is when I feel my efforts were successful. The idea of giving them an actual Zodiac sign, something that all people have, gives me a small, knot of worry. I fear making my villains too human. If they are too understandable are they less hateable? Is it truly necessary to have everyone hate them?
I’m going to work with this idea a bit and see what happens. I don’t want to love my villains but I should at least be able to relate to them.