So a few weeks ago I watched Coraline on ABC Family's 13 Days of Halloween.
For those of you who don't know it's about a girl who moves with her parents who are writers (how appropriate), they're stuck with deadlines and Coraline feels unappreciated. She meets her "other" family who's perfect. Obviously there has to be drama but you'll have to watch the film to find out.
For this post it just got me thinking on families. How do you write parents? In YA they have to be figured out before the story starts but in Adult stories they don't play as big of a part. I still like to account for mine though.
My question is how do you portray the parents? Do you make them what you wish you had growing up? Do you make them complicated to get rid of them?
I'm always curious how ones dig down deep to utilize the parent role. And for those who have their parents play a key part in the story, what made you go that route?
For me I love the complicated. The mom that means well but no matter what she does seems to complicate matters further. It makes an even messier path for my character to figure herself out before she reaches the terrifying age of thirty.