by Erica German
Think about your favorite story and you will probably find you are actually thinking about a character that stood out to you. I recently saw, while watching television, a trailer for a new movie in which the lead female character caught my attention, reminding me of another character from a book I had read many years ago. As the trailer came to a close, a key scene from the book I had read was shown and I immediately knew that they had decided to make a film out of the story, One For The Money, by Janet Evanovich. I felt giddy to have seen the character I had enjoyed from the written story now brought to life on the big screen.
Later that day and through most of the next, I searched my memories for bits of the story I had held on to. Except for the generic gun scenes, the car blowing up scene, and the fact that New Jersey was the setting for the story, I found that much of what I could remember was how I loved the main character, Stephanie Plum. She had been spunky and girly, all at the same time. She wanted to be tough, never admitting when she failed, and always found herself in over her head. The story’s charm was not as much about what was happening to her, but rather it was about her responses to the catastrophes the author constantly sent her way.
It has been at least three years since I read One For The Money. After all that time has passed, I still remember the characters above everything else. I think this is a good example to writers everywhere of how important it is to spend time on creating characters for your story.