kill the idea that openly caring characters are boring
set on fire the line of thought that dictates that altruism is a bad thing and that selfishness/sassiness is an inherently more appealing and ‘~intricate~’ quality than an affectionate nature
smash and bury the concept of the false equivalency between angst and complexity
kindness and empathy are not synonyms for “blandness” and “lack of personality”
Well, good gravy Marie! Who would be silly enough to believe the negative premises here? Good doesn’t have to be boring; it can just be difficult! It can be complex; it can’t always smile and be beautiful.
Mystery stories are full of people led astray by ugly, nasty looking persons who must be the malefactors, only to learn it was the beautiful person everyone loved who was the bad one. And good doesn’t even have to be ugly; plain will do. Old will do, poor will do, the unexpected will do.
Caring isn’t boring if lives are at stake. Selfishness isn’t more appealing if it causes harm to someone who can’t help themselves. It all depends on the writer.
Tamora Pierce had a tumblr and she uses it to write about things like abortion rights and character design and she uses phrases like “good gravy” on a regular basis and it’s literally (figuratively) my favorite thing in the world
Tamora Pierce, however high the pedestal I put you on when I was 11 and reading your books obsessively, you have far surpassed it