Recently I was watching “Being Human” on SyFy with the hubby and got rather bothered at what I thought was a major error on the writers’ part.
(spoilers if you’re a BH fan)
So Nora, one of the main characters, declares that she enjoys being a werewolf and killing and can’t wait for that single night of the month when she can run wild. Josh, the boyfriend/guy who infected her in the first place, is aghast at this and challenges her on her situation. She’s just killed her abusive ex-boyfriend who showed up two episodes ago.
This was a perfect opportunity for the writers to actually verbalize Nora’s desire to spend her life as a wolf instead of a human. She’s come out of an abused relationship where she had no power, nothing but fear of her ex-boyfriend and suddenly she’s now a wild animal with the power to kill. I was waiting for a monologue where she tells Josh she needs this, she loves this new power because of what she’s gone through before – and it’d set her up as a much more sympathetic character for the audience.
Instead we got zippo. Nothing but her whining about how she loved being a wolf and how killing was all relative.
If you’re going to create a wonderful backstory for your character feel free to USE it at some point in the story. You don’t need to do an infodump but if the character’s actions are going to tick off the audience and you need to spin it in a sympathetic way then you need to tell us the history behind the character’s thinking and actions.
*wanders off to read more books about writing*