Definition: Marked by a lack of proper caution; careless of consequences
Characters in Literature: Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska), Mr. Toad (The Wind in the Willows)
Common Characteristics: boldness, fearlessness (whether real or perceived), impulsivity, lacking common sense, needing constant stimulation, exhibiting multiple self-destructive behaviors (drugs, alcohol, driving dangerously, unsafe sex, etc), lack of respect for authority, shooting off at the mouth, stubbornness
Clichés to Avoid: the tortured reckless character with a death wish; the reckless bully, always coercing and manipulating others to join in his behavior
Twists on the Traditional Reckless Character:
▪ Because reckless characters often have a negative past event that defines their behavior, how about making a character reckless for a different reason? The reckless character whose parents were crocodile wrestlers and raised her to be adventurous and fearless. Or a nerdy reckless character who wants to be like his treasure-hunting hero in his favorite comic.
▪ Mentors are wise and usually do right by their proteges. A reckless mentor would be a hoot, in my opinion.
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