Characters Need Flaws

Have you ever noticed any fictional characters are  too perfect. For me personal the best character are the ones with faults. The ones that are desperately trying to stay a float but by doing that are stuffing up completely or doing things other people can’t understand. It makes the story more interesting, more real because us as humans are flawed and make mistakes. That’s what I try to remember when I write

One of my favorite flawed characters is Grace Hanadarko from the television show Saving Grace

1.      Grace has never been married.

2.      She pulled victims out of the rubble at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing.

3.      Lost a sister in the Oklahoma City bombing. Lost her father a few years later.

4.      Her grandfather is Native American.

5.      She drives a Porsche (environment-friendly 44miles/gallon).

6.      She dearly loves her dog Big Head Gus Head.

7.      She knows how to ride horses, and to hunt.

8.      She drinks beer and doesn’t like tomatoes in her salad

9.      She once had a dream about a sparkling/golden hoofed deer.

10.   likes to show off her goodies to her old neighbour when she showers.

11.   Has six brothers and sisters. Joe, Johnny, Leo, Jimmy, Paige, Mary Francis.

12.   Grace was partners with Butch prior to being partnered with Ham and she has slept with both of them.


So I have a habit of getting into TV series when they are either over already or about to get cancelled, it is a neat little trick of mine and it was the case when it came to the series Saving Grace.

Some people have a hit or miss relationship with Det. Grace Hanadarko but she is one of my favorite characters to hit our television screen because she is flawed. She a smoking, heavy drinking, and promiscuous Oklahoma City detective who in the first episode hits a man in her Porsche and meets her “last change” angel. Who is  ascruffy, tobacco-spitting man who calls himself Earl. Earl appears to Grace throughout the series, hoping she’ll turn away from her more self-destructive tendencies and seek God’s help. Saving Grace does not promote any one religion but does use Grace’s story to discuss the topic of faith, and how difficult faith can be in such an imperfect world.


She is passionate in her job, Grace investigates homicides and other major crimes with the fellow officers in her squad but the job Grace drinks heavily, engages in numerous one-night stands and casual encounters with men, and is having an affair with her police partner, Ham. Aside from her faults, Grace is an extraordinarily loving and generous person to those around her. In particular she loves her young nephew, Clay and devotes a great deal of her time to him.

Why do I love her so love because I can identify with her? With all her flaw and the best part of her personally she real. It is a real rarity in television that they make the main character real. They are either sugary sweet and cutesy adorable or horrid. Grace is a mixture of both.

I don’t know why they didn’t continue with the series but thank god for dvd because sometimes you just need to watch a butt kicking gal.

Love L

xoxo

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