No matter the medium – book, movie, graphic novel – the characters have the ability to captivate us. Some we love, while others we merely love to hate. Some we root for because of their inability to give up despite insurmountable odds. Some seem to have everything come easy to them – even when they clearly don’t deserve it.
As an author the characters still have the ability to surprise me.
People say, “But you wrote him that way.”
Which is true, sort of. Yes they are written by a live person, and to an extent we control what the character says and does, but every now and then the author will be writing happily when – Bam! The character does something completely unexpected. He or she has a thought that is completely inappropriate to the the situation or they attack another character unexpectedly. As a writer sometimes we are just as surprised as the reader.