I’ve been thinking lately about the ages of characters. Not so much from a descriptive point of view, but just their age in general.
When I was a teen, I wrote about teens. When I was in my twenties, so were my characters, and now that I’m a parent, my characters are too, but I don’t see a lot of stories where the main character is over the age of thirty. Most of what I see are young, vibrant, and full of piss and vinegar. That’s fine, but can’t we bestow these same features to older characters? Why do people get excited about a young twenty-something kicking ass, but not a forty or fifty-year old? Trust me, just because they’re older, doesn’t mean they’re decrepit. Just look at Chuck Norris. 😛

When did breaking the thirty or forty year milestone become taboo in writing? Why is it more exciting for a young person with no personal attachments to save the world, instead of an older person with a family? Yes, I know my story falls into the second category, that’s what made me think of this topic. A loner with no connection to family, wandering the world, is a sad, pathetic creature indeed. Why should he/she save the world, when they haven’t bothered to be a part of it?

I’m not complaining, far from it. I just want people to think. Older characters have a sense of inner peace about them. They’ve been through just about everything, and know how to pick and choose their battles. They know their limits and have enough sense not to rush into things. If forty is the new thirty in real life, why can’t it be the same in novels?

We’re at a point in publishing history where getting our stories out to the public is easier than ever. Let’s not fill potential libraries with copy-cat, cookie-cutter, personalities. Let’s try to give the readers characters worthy of their time.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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