Okay, I’m supposed to be doing character developement for Adam and Kate, and I am, honest! Though poor Kate is getting just a little neglected.
I’ve spent waaaaaay too long looking at hero photos.
Can’t quite decide if Adam is the boy next door gorgeousness of Steve Leonard-
or the smouldering sexiness of Dylan McDermott-
Tough decision, hey?
At least I know what sort of car he drives and which leg was shattered by the bomb blast. so some progress has been made.
I think Steve Leonard suits Adam best, though Dylan is definitely getting a starring role in one of my stories soon!
But while I was in the bath I got thinking about Luk and Emma, my rejected Presents contest entry (I find it hard to let go of old characters).
I eventually want to rewrite their story as a Sweet Romance. But I wonder if part of the problem (besides the crap writing, crap dialog, and the fact that nothing happens in the whole chapter apart from Luk and Emma talking) is that essentially, Luk’s motivation appears unheroic.
His primary motivation is to avoid a responsibility- becoming prince of his small island birth country. Heros are meant to shoulder responsibilities, not avoid them!
Does that make him not really hero material?
His reasons, in order of the likelihood of him admitting it to himself or anyone else are-
- he has a billion dollar multinational business, that he couldn’t run if he was prince
- he doesn’t want to go back to the small town life of the island, especially being with his overwhelming large family again
- going back means confronting memories from his painful past- especially his guilt over not being able to prevent the death of his first wife
He’s not completely bunking off from responisbility. When the tragic and unexpected deaths of the other heirs to the throne put him next, he searches for another heir, knowing that the prince who disappeared after the Second World War may have descendants somewhere. And if it was choosing to give up his life and become prince or see his country taken over by a neighbouring kingdom, he’d make that sacrifice. But if making a marriage of convenience with the female missing heir and then leaving her to run the country while he gets on with his own life solves everyone’s problems, he’ll do it.
So, the question is, can he behave like that and still be a hero, or is that just not what a hero would do?