So, I mentioned in my review of Half Bad by Sally Green how much I loved Nathan as a character.
I loved Nathan because he seems like he could be an actual person. He's gentle, but violent. He's kind and caring, but quick to anger. He loves drawing, but he can also fight and run. He's full of contradictions, just like everyone is.
Take, for example, one of my friends. Her favourite colour is pink and she loves typically "girlie" clothes. She also loves mustangs and she knows a lot about cars. She favourite genre of movies are horror and she says the gorier they are, the better. She wears a lot of black and she likes dance music.
Everyone is full of contradictions and that's exactly how characters should be written.
No one is what you think they are at first glance because you can't know a person by looking at them. Everyone is different. Everyone has a reason for the things that do or for why they act one way when they feel another way. There's not a rainbow of different people, there's a huge spectrum of colours that come in a never ending variety of different shades.
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Anjulie Te Pohe
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