Anyway, I wanted to talk about character flaws. Now, we all know it is impossible (well, not impossible, but not intelligent) to have a perfect character. Nobody likes someone who's perfect. A) That's boring. B) It would make the reader jealous. But that's not what I want to concentrate on. I want to discuss what you think is the most annoying character flaw. Your so-called dealbreaker in terms of character likeability.
I read Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, and while it was an okay read, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It has great reviews on Amazon, though, so maybe I'm just out of sync with the world. It's not special. There's nothing about it that makes me want to read it again (there was barely enough to get me to keep reading). But above all, the main character annoyed the HELL out of me. I despise characters that are obnoxiously curious. Sure, I think it's healthy and necessary to have a regular dose of curiosity, but this is like...curiosity kills the cat type curiosity. Like, if you continue being curious, you are going to get yourself killed.
I am the kind of person, if you can't tell, when I watch horror movies (which is rarely) I am shrieking at the screen, "DON'T WALK IN THAT CREEPY MANSION, YOU DIMWIT! CAN'T YOU SEE IT'S HAUNTED AND YOU ARE GOING TO DIE?" That person. Yes, I am very unpleasant to watch horror movies with; you should all feel fortunate that you'll be spared that experience. So, when a character continues being curious to the point where it causes serious detrimental effects to other characters (ie DEATH), you would think said character would stop. Because she's KILLING PEOPLE. But I guess not. She keeps going because, maybe nobody will die next time! Yeah, right.
Of course, I am fully aware that if the MC had the curiosity of a doorstop, the story probably wouldn't continue. But that still doesn't make their curiosity logical in my eyes. It just bothers me. Maybe it's because if I were in the MC's shoes, I wouldn't behave like that. So I can't identify well enough, I guess. The prime example of this DEATHCURIOSITY is Psyche in the myth Eros and Psyche. She is obviously not supposed to look at the figure when he's sleeping, but because she is curious and it's driving her crazy, she does it anyway, naturally has to drop hot candle wax on his shoulder, wakes him up, and ruins the spell. Way to go, numbskull. Way to go. I think the worst part is, though, she cries about it forever until other people help her complete her tasks. I hate excessively weepy heroines. Tears should be used sparingly and with purpose.
I shouldn't be this angry over a fictional character, but man, does it tick me off, this DEATHCURIOSITY. I'm sure that most people wouldn't bat an eyelid toward DEATHCURIOSITY. Many people might even find it justified. I am just an odd duck.
What is your can't-stand-it character flaw? Tell me, I am curious (but not DEATHCURIOUS) to know!
PS I am writing like a maniac for ATRS. It is seriously almost done and my word count is like you would not believe. NaNoWriMo = the best thing ever for creating awesome writing habits.