Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Writing Wednesday!!! Inside the Mind of a Male Vampire
BREAKING NEWS: My dear friend Kerri Nelson has an Irish legend story up in a contest, and I'd appreciate it if you guys went over and voted -- please visit her blog right here as she's offering things to sweeten the vote! Good luck Kerri!
I was inspired to write this post after a friend of mine read the first chapter of Release and commented, "I really liked Cray's point of view. I mean, he's cynical towards the human race, but I could see his point of view and I still liked him all the same."
Ah, yes, the bad boy vampire. Why are we so drawn to them? Of course, Cray started off as a Gary Stu to Miranda's Mary Sue-type character in my head, but as I wrote about him, he filled out and became more 3-dimensional.
Sure, he's cynical towards humans. They are God's favorite species, after all, yet so inferior to vampires in nearly every way, physically, anyway.
But emotionally, well, that's another matter. While Cray's been on the earth alot longer than humans, there's likely to be a 60-year-old mortal who's got more wisdom than the nearly-200-year-old vampire. Cray's been burned in love, and by a big mistake he made in the 1870's. He's also very, very jealous, deep down, but will not admit that to himself. Not yet, anyway.
Despite his harsh critiques and disdain for God's favorites, Cray is fiercely loyal to those underworldlings that he loves, namely, his sister, Miranda, and his best friend, Denny. He even might go out of his way for his sister's best friend, Vanessa (who's served as Cray's sex partner on more than one occasion).
Cray's attitude towards humans ends up being somewhat justified in Release, which sets the characters free of certain ideas. In Return, well, there is just that -- a return to what was. Cray's return, that's a bit more complicated, but suffice it to say, he doesn't stay cynical through the entire novel. Love does come through, and trust me -- everyone needs all that they can get in Return!
PS -- This song helped inspire Cray's character, way back when....