I'm watching the TV show Heroes right now. The first season of Heroes was fantastic in my book. They had me watching every week. Save the Cheerleader, Save the World.
Last season was ehhhhh. I didn't get into it as much as I did the first season.
They have been trying to come back the second part of this season.
The reason it worked for me and why it's starting to again is because of characters. Strong characterization can suck me in anytime.
I've seen characters take on new life. I've seen characters who could have been totally unsympathetic become, if not heroic, interesting to watch. Dexter anyone? Sylar from Heroes? Heck, Clooney's original character from ER was a drunk.
A lot of that is the actor who portrays them.
As authors we don't have that advantage of actors to bring our characters to life. But we can do that. With writing. Quirks. Characteristics. Actions that speak more than words. Careful consideration. Fabulous dialogue. All those things can make the character pop from the page.
An author's toolbox is full. And here's hoping I use it on this next story. I hope to stretch myself.
Mechele Armstrong aka Lany of Melany Logen