2 weeks ago for our discussion Francoise and I posted what qualities we liked in a protagonist and antagonist. This week we're back with what makes a good couple and sidekick. Enjoy and please share your thoughts through comment and or twitter.
What makes a good couple -
- Flawed love interest: As appealing the idea of a perfect interest is... I’m kinda sick of it. I don’t know much about all this because I only have ever had book boyfriends. But I love it when a author can make a flawed person seem perfect in our mind, instead of making out that there are no flaws there. C’mon, as great as it is, its way to unrealistic. We want to see some inner demons unleashed!
- Instalove, No thank you: I don’t know about you, but I find Insta love incredibly annoying and unrealistic. I personally find it ridiculous when a character barley knows such and such’s name but proclaims to love them for eternity. Er no.. What makes reading a book with a romance so good, is when we see the relationship develop. When we get to watch them get to know each other and eventually turn into a relationship that because we watched blossom, we can appreciate.
- A not so perfect relationship: I may sound like the biggest hypocrite right now because I’m all for cute and perfect, happily ever afters. But it’s beginning to irk me when all they do is talk about their love and agree on everything. When book couples fight it makes their relationship stronger and more believable. Because of course you’re not going to agree on everything so are couple of bumps on the road are to be expected.
- SWOONABILITY: Look if we don’t believe the romance then how are we going to be convinced. I feel that you either appreciate the romance or you feel like your in it, because you too are in love with the characters. When that’s achieved then you know you’ve written a good romance. To do this we want to feel emotion, and the best way is Swoon ability. I want to love the male interest and ship the couple all the way to the dock. So us readers also need to find them loveable.
- Original and not your stereotypical pairing: I want the interests of the romance to be original and flawed. And the whole normal girl loves jock thing is getting a bit old. So make the romance unique , original, different, realistic and special on its own.
What makes a good best friend/sidekick -
- Loyal and Dependant: A best friend is one that is basically going to be there every step of the protagonists journey so obviously a sidekick needs to be a trustworthy one. One that will stick by when things get rough and will always be there for the protagonist.
- To keep them in toe: Whilst the protagonist is battling dragons or whatever, it’s up to the sidekick to be that breath of fresh air, to be the one who keeps them in a positive headspace. Whether it be with humour, comfort or logics. Sidekicks are the protagonist’s eye openers.
- A history: If the friends have supposedly known eachnother since childhood, we want it to show. We want to see their connection and strong bond that has lasted years and made them as close as they are today.
- Protective: I love a friend who isn’t afraid to stand up for their bestie. Who’s protective but not over protective.
- Individual: I like it when I see a friend who isn’t afraid to speak their own mind and has their own life and personality. Because obviously we don’t want a mirror copy of the protagonist and sometimes it’s their differences that make them close.