Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Writer Will Take Your Questions Now (#131) -- Tinkering with Old Characters

When is tinkering with a character for the benefit of reaching a new audience a good thing?

Okay. Several of you have asked me to start answering my own questions that I pose for the weekly roundtable interview articles, so I'll be doing just that for the foreseeable future in my questions of the day.

 The simplest answer is this: when it works.

The trouble is there's no magic formula to make it work. I guess my own guideline is this. The secondary elements can change as needed as long as the core of the character remains the same.