I've always wanted to do a tribute to Stoker's Lucy Westenra, aka "The Bloofer Lady". Turned early on by Dracula, she ended up feeding on young children, always portrayed in white. My favorite character of the classic tale of The Count.
Here are the credits:
The Bloofer Lady: The Tower: Female statue: The Moon:
Much appreciated, thank you. Every time I've picked up Dracula, this is the vision I've had. I tend to focus on the secondary characters more than the main. So often overlooked, they really make the novel.
Oh, you're welcome; you deserve plenty of compliments.
And I have to admit that in most modern works, whether novels or not, I think the writers try too hard to make the main characters an Everyman so absolutely everybody can relate to them. But in doing so, they make the main characters too plain, too generic, and it's much easier to relate to the secondary characters. I say take a risk and give your main character a flaw or two to overcome in their story; don't just set them up with an antagonist and leave them at that.
Although I still share you fondness for great secondary characters too. You're right; they really can make the novel/movie/whatever sometimes. Try to imagine Holmes without Watson; there were indeed a couple of actual Holmes stories written by Mr. Doyle himself like that but, unsurprisingly, they weren't as good.
As with my taste in women, it also goes for books, movies, art etc... I love the flaws. It shows originality and reality in a fantasy setting. I never got into the protagonist, the antagonist or their lackeys and entourage saying all the perfect lines or doing exactly as they should. Flaws show thought and passion for what you've created. It shows ownership for the world you've brainstormed. I've been writing a book for the last 4 years. One of the reasons it's taking so long, is that I can't accept expected, poorly written cliché. I CAN accept clever tribute to all the reference that brought me to write my story in the first place. It all depends on how you present the story and those who live inside your world. Obviously, I don't have to tell you that. You get it.
As with Holmes and Watson, and many other literary icons, you don't always need a "buddy" story, but if it aint broke......
“That which is clearly known hath less terror than that which is but hinted at and guessed.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
First, I apologize for my very late reply. It turned out I had about five abscessed teeth back in July that needed to be taken care of. Meaning first they had to try and kill the infections, then remove the teeth; but thanks to my health insurance they had to do each tooth one-at-a-time. Finally had the last one taken out and I'm feeling pretty good as I work on my last round of antibiotics to get rid of any lingering infections.
I have to agree fully on your words in your previous reply about how annoying it is to have too-perfect characters in any type of story. That's why I outgrew Superman at a very young age; too powerful to provide any physical tension and too perfect mentally to interest me. He's just the first example off the top of my head; Harry Potter is not as powerful but is also too bland of a protagonist for me.
I can see how getting that level of characterization into your novel would take a long time; but please keep at it. It will doubtless become another great facet of your work to help set it apart from the crowd and bring it the acclaim it deserves. Even if it's extremely hard sometimes. I had a short story I was working on while recovering these last two weeks; just twenty pages of material. But oh, man, between the stupid drugs making me fall asleep at the drop of a hat and trying to put in just enough characterization... It really did take me two weeks. For twenty pages. If I was felling well, that would be a hideous amount of time. LOL Might as well draw a monthly comic book by doing a page a week!
And I love your quote from Mr. Doyle's work at the end there too. It is indeed true.
Hey, Im sorry you've been going through that. I had my wisdom teeth out last December and though it was only two and not five, the stupid drugs and the infection took their toll. Glad you're feeling better.
Coming from you, I appreciate the inspiring words. Sometimes it's so hard to sit down and get the keys tapping. The ideas linger and churn, but as you know, being an artist, we are the best at procrastination. Ugh. I give you credit for trying to write while recovering! 20 pages mustve been a chore that way, but its also a sign of a true professional with vision and integrity. Congratulations on your diligence to your craft.