The reason why I ask this question is because when I write, I like to push certain boundaries, see how far I could take my limitations based on the story in my head at the time. Sometimes, I look at different plot techniques to push myself further than what I’m comfortable with. For example, I would write something from three different characters’ view points when I usually construct a story shown through the eyes of only one character.
Another way I like pushing my writing boundaries is through the use of unusual characters. One character that appeals to me lately is the androgynous male or female. Someone who can play the role of both sexes flawlessly. I’ve always been attracted to the concept of androgyny. This is usually someone so good looking that you can’t distinguish if he or she is male or female. Here’s an example of what I mean:
Andrej Pejic is currently the most in demand model in the industry simply because he is different. As you saw from the video, he can flawlessly model as both a man and a woman. The masculine and the feminine are perfectly balanced in him that he’s attractive either way. It’s not just looks. There’s a charisma about him that draws you in.
Andrej is the kind of character I want to add to one of my future novels. I want to see where I can take an androgynous character. Or what happens when someone androgynous is placed into the mix. There are so many possibilities, so many creative outlets to explore. At the same time, the plot lines can be endless, along with the selection of genre. Can you imagine an androgynous character in a steam punk novel? I can. Just thinking about what’s possible excites me. As a writer, I want to keep learning, to keep evolving, to keep pushing. I want to explore all avenues and every different way I could play with a story.
What about you? Is there a character you want to see in a novel today? Or, if you’re a writer, what kinds of character risks haven’t you explored yet?