According to Donald Maass, that is.
Drum roll please. . . can you guess them?
For some reason I'm feeling very devilish this evening as I set up my posts for this week. I wonder why? Oh, perhaps it has something to do with what this week is.
It's ACFW Conference week! I'm going to learn, learn, and learn some more and I'm so excited and anxious all rolled up into one, and having a very difficult time concentrating on any task at hand. Can you tell?
Okay, seriously, I must admit that I can see why Maass picks these as his top two character qualities. They are both qualities I believe we all struggle with, and wish we had a better handle on. They are:
FORGIVENESS & SELF-SACRIFICE.
Who doesn't empathise with a character who has the strength and graciousness to forgive those who trespass against him? Forgiveness isn't easy, especially if the wrong has cost you so very much, but it certainly reveals a strength in character that many of us strive to achieve.
Self-sacrifice? Well, need I say anymore on this one? It's heroism at it's very best, indeed. And I think it's this characteristic in Edward from Meyers' Twilight series that builds him up to be bigger than life. Edward refuses to fold and weaken to the inner force within him that craves Bella--not only her tantalizing smelling blood, but his desire to love her too! He fears hurting Bella, and since he's a vampire, rightfully so, and so he does all he can to drive her away from being interested in him. Of course eventually Edward weakens and accepts Bella's love, but even after that, we are constantly reminded of the struggle he has within to protect Bella from the part savage that he is. And so throughout the series, until Bella becomes a vampire herself, we are continually seeing Edward sacrificing his inner desires to keep Bella alive and human, and that to me speaks volumes about his love for her. How could I not route for Team Edward? It's a no brainer to me!
So now that you know the top two characteristics that repeatedly appear in the main characters of breakout novels, how are your characters fairing? Are they the forgiving type? Have they even got something to forgive? Are they giving up something sacrificially for the good of another, be it a character or cause? If not, could they?
Surrendering to Him,