Today I had a little epifiwhatsit about myself: specifically, what I like in my reading material.
Stand alone badass.
Swiss army knife of the zombie apocalypse.
56 flavors of weapon all in one.
That’s right. I like the reluctant hero who doesn’t play well with others. I like the mystery of why the character is anti-social and I also like to watch them blunder through work picnics, balls, and the ever-so-simple water cooler chat. Often I find that the author has put a lot of thought into this rogue, delving into her/his past, and using their psychology to explain their motives.
Team spirit is all well and good, and it works OK in the movies. But for the Posse Poke to work on paper, the author really has to develop each character individually, and then build the structure that brings them all together. Not every author will bother to do that, and that is when the Troop Tango fails to work for me.
For me, when a book has some lovable gang trying to save the world. I usually find myself relating to one character more than the rest and wanting the rest of the gang to become disabled or have an interesting death so the rest of the book can focus on the the important stuff: the character I want to know more about. Selfish, I know. But I feel better for having communicated it in public.
So, do you need one of those shirts warning others that you do not play nice? Or are you a Mates-R-Us kind of ballcap?