I’ve shown my book to a few people recently and one of the things people have picked up on is that my main character Tyger might be a little hard to warm to, not always that likeable perhaps. Obviously I don’t want readers to hate my main character, she’s supposed to be a dynamic and exciting hero. I write her deliberately tough, possibly a little too harsh at times and definitely unempathetic. But at the same time I don’t want her to be a bully.
These thoughts coincided with my reading Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, in which the journalist, humorist and documentary maker visits various potential and actual psychopaths armed with a copy of the Hare PCL-R checklist for diagnosing the condition. Psychopathic traits included:
Glibness / Superficial Charm
Need for stimulation, proneness to boredom
Cunning / manipulative
Poor behavioural controls
Early behaviour problems
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