Over time, I’ve written a few books here and there and I usually have a very strong sense of the story – how I want it to feel, what sort of people my characters will be, etc. But it’s not until I start writing that I begin to learn what makes them tick.
While I do love me some big, burly alpha males, I really have a thing about smart men with passion about people and issues they care about.
Who’s seen Say Anything? It’s one of my favorite movies ever – it’s got the popular and pretty girl falling for the stoner archetype who lives in an apartment with his sister and neice (class and clique differences). At first glance, she’s everything he isn’t. But she’s smart, remember? And so she sees Lloyd for what he is.
Lloyd goes to dinner at her house where her father has seen fit to make him as uncomfortable as possible by inviting people who will remind Lloyd of what Diane is and what he isn’t. (Diane’s father is not hero material, by the way. While we hear he does what he does for his daughter’s sake, he’s selfishly keeping her away from people who care about her, people her own age who know her in a different context, that’s selfish.)
When asked what he wants to do with his life, Lloyd says:
I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.
This makes me have squishy love feelings for Cameron Crowe because it’s one of my favorite movie quotes of all time. It’s funny and relevant and it communicates a real sense of who Lloyd is inside.
Not every hero is what we expect at first glance. Give me a man who has layers!