Guest Post By Claire Frank: The Appeal of Characters With Questionable Morals

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Morally Questionable Characters

Thieves, assassins, bounty hunters, smugglers. We love books that feature characters who lead darklives, living on the edge of acceptable society. What makes stories about characters with morally questionable professions so intriguing?

The vicarious experience

Let’s be honest—most of us don’t actually want to steal things or kill people (or do we?). But in a book,we can experience things we’d never do in reality. The thrill of the chase, the fear of getting caught, theconfidence of being a badass. Morally questionable characters provide us with the opportunity toindulge in situations and actions we’d usually avoid.

Reading is an out-of-body experience, no matter the subject or genre. We can safely enjoy the illicit andforbidden, from the comfort of our couch—without the dire consequences.

The character’s growth

At the heart of a compelling story is usually a character who changes. As they navigate their waythrough the plot…

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2 thoughts on “Guest Post By Claire Frank: The Appeal of Characters With Questionable Morals

    1. YES!!!! For me, the characters must have growth and depth.:) Otherwise, they are flat and the reader is bored. Thank you for commenting, Aylee!

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