The "they may be an absolutely horrible and irredeemable person, but they like dogs!" approach is one of the things that irks me about "grey" morality in fiction. It's just token traits tacked onto a character as if that gives them greater moral depth, rather than being a one-note trait that might come up all of once in the story or contradict the character's actions. If an evil villain is shown to like and protect dogs, but then blows up a city where there was certainly plenty of dogs, then clearly they didn't think twice about all of the dogs there, did they? Likewise, trying to stick "bad" traits on good people also comes across as forced—a "good person" doesn't shoplift, because they'd care about whom they're stealing from. Most of my stories involve good people trying to stop bad things from happening, such bad things usually carried out by bad people. The protagonists might be flawed in various ways, but ultimately are making the conscious choice to protect the innocent and make the world a better place. The villains who are truly villainous might think they're doing the right thing, might have done good things for others or cared about other people, but ultimately their evil actions are done for terrible reasons and nothing changes that. Not that characters who are in-between don't exist in my stories. My current story-in-first draft has an antagonist who believes they are working for humankind's benefit, who takes active steps to mitigate the chaos and prevent innocent death from their actions. The protagonist allies herself with said antagonist because her own life has led her to agree with the antagonist's perspective on humankind, and because she sees the antagonist achieving their ambition as something that'll give her the happy family she's always wanted. And it has a supporting character who believes in being friendly and positive to everyone, in trying to be the best person she can be and encouraging the same in others, who tries to convince the protagonist to turn away from the antagonist and stop their plans. Good people exist. Bad people exist. And those who are in-between exist. I'd rather not create a false equivalency among those groups of people, just because someone who strives to do good may have the occasional slip or someone who intends to commit an atrocity was nice to their child in the past.
I'm Lily; "Lilith" is just fancy-pen-name. (The sur-pen-name is a reference to one of my favourite female characters from fiction. Cookie if you know who. :3) I started writing back near the end of high school, and have been writing fantasy stories and whining about writer's block since then. My stories almost always feature lesbian protagonists, and they almost always end up in relationships along the way. Aside from writing, I also enjoy reading (duh), cooking, video gaming, and wifing. (Not wi-fi-ing; when you're hitched to the woman of your dreams, it's never a chore. <3) As of late, I'm on a magical-girl kick in my writing—that classic anime genre where "ordinary" teenagers transform into heroines in pretty dresses and beat up some monster every Thursday while trying to cope with ordinary teenager life. What appeals to me about the genre? To put it simply: heroines in pretty feminine outfits who can kick butt and overcome evil, but also grow as people through the power of hope, love, and friendship. My main WiPs at the moment are the first and second in a series that plays with the classic premise of the genre. The first, Papillon, is set five years after a quintet of magical girls saved the world, with one of them dissatisfied with living a normal life and wishing to have magic back in her life—which ends up coming in the form of a butterfly-woman from the magical world. The second, under the working title Dove, takes place a few years after Papillon with a new threat arising and a new group of girls empowered to face it...but one of them identifies with the villain's intentions, joining with them to make their aspirations for mortalkind into reality. I'm also pondering a few other stand-alone ideas, and pondering writing a magical-girl web-serial (and which of two ideas I'll go with). So that's about it. =^_^=