Although this is primarily directed at the hate for A Court of Wings and Ruin that I’m constantly seeing on Tumblr, I think that it applies to any book and author.
WRITERS ARE NOT THEIR CHARACTERS.
A writer who writes about a murdering psychopath is not necessarily a murdering psychopath in real life. A writer who writes about a homophobic character is not necessarily a homophobe in reality.
WRITERS DON’T ALWAYS AGREE WITH THE DECISIONS THAT THEIR CHARACTERS MAKE.
The point of writing is not to create picture-perfect cutout characters that never do anything wrong, because let’s face it, everyone hates them. The point is to make characters that feel real, that have flaws, that make huge freaking mistakes and say the wrong things at the wrong times.
The problem I have is that people say they want characters that are “real” and “flawed”, and then complain because said characters do things that are real and flawed. Sometimes people don’t know how to deal with a situation, or don’t have all the information, and end up messing it up. Don’t blame a writer for a character’s mistakes.
This doesn’t mean that authors don’t handle certain scenes or moments well, but they shouldn’t have a s***-storm of hate for trying to tell a story the way that they feel is right, and then have people tell them that they’ve done it wrong, or that someone else could have done it better.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on a piece of work, but it’s not always right to blame a writer for a characters decisions.
(Previously published here.)