5 Things That Make Detective Characters Compelling
The other day I attended the National Children’s Book Awards and I bumped into a friend, Gutch Gutierrez.
He published an award-winning book called The Day of Darkness. The children’s book spoke of his passion for the fantasy genre, a genre built on sword-and-sandal epics, of wizard and warriors.
As much as I respect the genre, it never really interested me. When a fellow writer asked me why, I told him I couldn’t see myself as a knight or a king or a sorcerer. That self-same sentiment applied to sci-fi. I couldn’t wrap my head around its archetypes of robots and aliens
But the biggest reason, if you ask me is because the one archetype in fiction that I gravitated to, that has always been my chosen avatar is the Detective.It’s an obsession that dates back to my childhood, when I was weaned on Sherlock Holmes and The Hardy Boys. Nowadays, no small thanks to the voluminous amount of detective fiction on TV such as True Detective,The Bridge and The Following, not to mention the forthcoming Gotham, it’s truly a great time to be a lover of mystery fiction. I think the detective archetype makes for truly compelling characters. In quintessence, they’re outsiders who are on a quest to answer a question. But let’s further find out what makes them tick, shall we? Here are five reasons: