I recently took a class where the instructor suggested we take a look at what we like and see how it meshes with what we write. Here's what I came up with:
5 Favorite Books:
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Dune series (the original one by Frank Herbert)
The Wrinkle in Time series
A Land More Kind Than Home
The Hunger Games series/Eleanor & Park (tie)
5 Favorite Authors:
5 Favorite Movies:
Bull Durham/The Princess Bride (tie)
5 Favorite TV Shows:
The Walking Dead
Breaking Bad/The Wire (tie)
What do you notice? Not a lot of romance there. A lot of violence and angst. Quite a few antiheroes. More sci-fi than I would have thought. Less YA than I would have thought. But definitely not much romance.
So, should I write more dark stuff and maybe throw in an anti-hero or a society-upending catastrophe? I don't know. I know I like my characters to be happy in the end. I get attached to them, and I don't want them to be hurt. But other people's characters? Go for it.
Take a few moments and list your favorites. Do they reflect what you write? Or are you like me, doing the exact opposite?
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