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Am I Starting My Hero In A Boring Place:
Needs To Do Her Work!So my Hero is descended from a race of magic users who were taken over or integrated (I'm still working on the specifics) into a more tech based society. I'm going to try to make neither side the bad guy (which is a whole 'nother discussion), and I don't want her angry with the Tech Society. My question is, would it be boring if she doesn't care about what happened in the past, and just had to deal with the people who do? This integration process happened many years before she was born, so I want her to be less "I've made my peace with the Tech-Society" and more "I was raised in the Tech-Society so that's how identify myself". She would be working for the Government of the Tech-Society and she'd be up against the Pro-Magic-Anti-Tech and Anti-Magic-Pro-Tech radicals. Could I make a compelling story based on all this?
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To be honest, compared to the oft-done plot of starting her out as having strong feelings about one side, only to learn that the other side has a point as well, that sounds more interesting.
What is thisThe big question would be what room the character has for growth if they can see the primary conflict with such lucidity.
"Everyone wants an answer, don't they?... I hate things with answers." — Grant Morrison
You could use an Archive Binge to To Aru Majutsu no Index for more ideas. Sure, the protagonist there isn't female, but at least his powers are not Magitek.
Wimpy Mc SquishyYeah, I think you could pull it off. I think it's important that, rather than identifying what doesn't motivate her, you need to identify what does. Since it's not the ideas of mysticism or science, or cultural pride, there has to be something else that pushes her forward. You need to know what that is. As long as you have that, I have a feeling the rest will be fairly straightforward (well, as straightforward as anything can be in a writer's trade).
edited 26th Oct '11 9:14:25 AM by jagillette
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