sympathy for characters
> Well, that's my take on why Alec is the way he is. Personally, while I knowWe always feel most drawn to the characters that either resemble us
> that for the most part, the story is really Seregil's, the more interesting
> of the two is Alec. Its probably because I see more of myself in Alec with
> his emotional firewall.
most, or represent something that we want to be. I often find that I am
drawn to some minor character in a story. But with the NR books I am
with Seregil. I love flawed characters, grey characters. Shadows make
the light even more precious in these. I feel drawn to his pain in a
way. Although I have by no means an unhappy past I can relate to some of
his moods very well. Seregil lives his emotions in this strange,
demonstrative and yet guarded way that I do. He is, among other things,
a bard, and I simply can't resist that motive .Yeah, well that's one of
the things I strive to be I guess, although my skill with the harp is
not yet very accomplished. The whole thief/spy thing in general is such
a delicious cliché, and in this context I don't mean cliché in a
negative way at all. IMO some clichés are just very powerful motives
people respond to, like those you find in mythology and legends. I mean
no one would call the recurring motives in these clichés, would they?
The very nature of myth is that there are some familiar motives that
evoke powerful feelings, and being mostly oral in origin, they thrive
through repetition, reenactment throught the storytellers.
Okay I'll stop rambling now *g*...
"Buttercup: We'll never survive.
Westley: Nonsense, you only say that because nobody ever has.
(The Princess Bride)
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