Imagine your place on the bookshelf of the future

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You

There are as many protagonists as there are personalities in our vast world. There are anti-heroes and do-gooders. There are dragon slayers and gardeners. The choice you make will be as personal as your choice of friends or lovers.

I don’t need to like my protagonists. I need to be curious about them and I must respect their intelligence. There are many types of intelligence – creative, emotional, parental, literary, comedic, mathematical, on and on. My central characters don’t need to be perfectly brilliant, but I must admire them for something.

If I smugly patronise my protagonist, the story is dead. If I’m better than my protagonist, then so are my readers. Why would they want to spend hours with a character they look down on?

About Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer. She has a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently working on a PhD at the …

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