When I was organizing my ideas for an hopefull future project, I was looking through writting tips and character tropes, and I came across self-insert characters.
The general feel that I got for them is that they’re usually the author’s power fantasy of sorts, their perfect reflection projected onto their story. This brought me back to a WIP I once worked on (Which was abandoned) and how I had my own self-insert character. In fact, it was a shameless one at that, as my username is Kirumototep and the character’s name was Kiru. I don’t think Kiru was exactly a power fantasy, I think he was more of a desire to create a character that was “mine” and make that character be of importance to the story, as in fact, Kiru wasn’t the Be-All End-All of the characters, he was strong, yes, but he was an anchor for future plot points and served as a motivator for some other points, if that makes sense…
Coming back to the title of the topic, can self-insert characters work? What are your thoughts on this?
I personally think that they can, as long as the author is able to set boundaries for them. After all, it’s fine if they’re the strongest around, I think, but if they overshadow the MC or make them feel like they aren’t the MC, that marks them as a bad self-insert in my book.