Flawed Heroes – What’s Their Appeal?

Nicholas C. Rossis

Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

This is a guest post by Rayne Hall. You may know Rayne from her successful Writer’s Craft series. And you may remember how we wrote together Copywriting: Get Paid to Write Promotional Texts. Rayne is also the author of Storm Dancer, one of the finest fantasy books I’ve ever read. It features a flawed hero, which is the subject of her post. The book will be on a special 99c offer until April 30, 2022, to celebrate the launch of the new edition.

Flawed Heroes

I like characters with weaknesses, because they’re like real people, and their flaws make the story vivid. What would Charles Dicken’s tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ be without the sour stinginess of Scrooge, or Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ without Mr. Darcy’s arrogance?

Unlike those dull characters who are already perfect at the novel’s start, flawed heroes need to learn lessons, often difficult and…

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