Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's Not Always That Terrible

In my previous posts, I have been discussing omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence, and what it would be like to have only two of those three qualities.  I also gave examples of what those characters might be like and how it could end up being lousy, even considered a curse.  But, in all fairness, things are not always that terrible.

Stories tend to have twists.  If everything worked perfectly, it would be boring.  If somebody is all-knowing and all-powerful, making them a jerk adds the twist.  If they weren't all-loving, but still helped people out sometimes, there isn't nearly as much to go on.  Still, nothing says that it couldn't be the case.

It is difficult when you find yourself in a black-and-white circumstance.  You have a character who only has one flaw, which means you either exploit that flaw, or you let it slide.  But when that is the only flaw, it becomes difficult to make either choice.  The best way to deal with that is to find a third option.

There is a way to make these characters be interesting, without making them obvious.  One way may be to put all three of them in a room together (or an apartment).  Let's see how that goes tomorrow.

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