Are you one to give a second chance or even a third?
Depending on how badly I’m burned the first go around, I might give it a try again. However, some things just aren’t meant to be.
I’ll try to keep this brief. Years ago when video games had just become the rage I ordered a game off of a popular online site. My credit card was charged but I didn’t receive the game. A month went by, I e-mailed asking about the game. The short of it - I was told I had the game, leave them alone. I hadn’t paid through any type of program so I couldn’t get my money back. Lesson learned.
I obtained the game through a different source but decided not to use my credit card online anymore. A year later the video game arrived in my mailbox with the first company’s address in the return slot - still trying to figure that one out.
Fast forward to this past week. I was thrilled to win a gift card from Dorte at DJS KRIMIBLOG. to Amazon. (I have a disclaimer before I continue, this was not caused by my win or anything Dorte did. It’s just my typical luck. I’m still thankful to Dorte for my win.)
I couldn’t pick a book out of all the wonderful books available (plus I’m already behind on my reading) so I decided on a movie. I actually found two movies I wanted so I picked up a prepaid credit card to finish out my order. Placed the order and discovered the movies were coming from two separate sources.
The first movie I selected -THEM - went through with my gift card from Dorte without a problem. In fact, I received it yesterday and have already watched it. It is a classic.
The second movie I purchased using the prepaid card and it was scheduled for delivery late next week. Guess what, less than 24
hours later I got an e-mail. My second movie order had been cancelled but my card wasn’t charged. So I go to re-order from another source - they couldn’t process my card. I call - you guessed it - the first charge was put on the card and not taken off. I’ve sent an e-mail to the seller but I know I’ve just lost that money. The amount wasn’t that much, it’s just the principal. Burned a second time.
Okay I’ve got that out of my system (mostly) but it got me to thinking. I enjoy reading books where the characters have problems similar to this or just life problems in general. It makes the story more believable to me. I don’t want there to be continuous problems, but the character should encounter a few bumps in the road of life.
Sometimes when dealing with problems we are lead in different directions than we would have ever gone. That can be helpful to a protagonist or can cause them more problems acting as a red herring.
When you write do you make sure to include problems (murders don’t count) or does your characters create their own mishaps?
If you just read, do you want problems in the story or would you rather avoid any problems all together? Does too many problems turn you off from reading or make you want to know what else can go wrong for this character? And, what is too many problems?