Let’s Talk Bookish – Cut and Paste Characters

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about cut and paste characters!

This is not something that I’ve really sat and thought about, but it is definitely something that I have noticed recently in the books that I have been reading. There seem to be a lot of the same character archetypes floating around within the new books that I am reading, but I would never say that they are complete copies. In my post I have mainly centred it around fantasy romance and the rise of it, as this is a sub-genre that I know quite a bit about, but I am sure it is relevant to the wider picture.

Are there any characters you feel like you’re seeing over and over again recently? Why do you think this has happened?

At the moment, I have been seeing a lot of tall, brooding males, normally fae, within fantasy books, such as Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses and Hawke from From Blood and Ash. That is the main one that I can think of off the top of my head, but I am sure there are many others across various genres. I ultimately think it depends on the types of books you are reading and what is popular at the time, as to whether you repeatedly see the same character archetypes.

Taking the case that I have mentioned above, I don’t particularly think it is a new thing to happen, but it is becoming more obvious as readers discover new things. Fantasy Romance is a relatively new genre when it comes to traditional publishing, so books are being discovered as people are exploring something that they have not read before, especially in the Indie market. With the rise of traditional fantasy romance, publishers are looking to what has already been successful such as A Court of Thorns and Roses series and From Blood and Ash series and is picking up new novels which they think are similar and are going to do well, especially when it comes to plots and characters. So it is highly likely that they will look for the same character archetypes, and those are the books that will get traditionally published with a massive marketing budget so more people will find them.

Is this something that you mind or do you want some change?

I’m not really sure of my answer to this question because, on the one hand, I love all of these stories, but I do want to see more variation, especially in what is traditionally published. I have to admit that books that feature a tall, brooding male are some of my favourite books, and I have no issue with having different variations of the same character archetype because all authors think and write differently. But I do like to see differences, both small and large. I suppose what I am saying is I want more recognition for all written books and want more people to find brilliant authors and books whether that is through Indie publishing or traditional publishing. This is why I love reading Indie books because you do get lots or variation, and you never know what you are going to find.

There you have it, my thoughts about cut and paste characters, which also deviated into a moan about traditional publishing. Next week is a follow up post to this one about plots, so I can probably predict that another publishing rant will be coming then.

What do you think about Cut and Paste characters? Let me know in the comments below!

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