Well, I am currently writing a fantasy novel, Key to the Secret Dreamers, where some of my characters come from a magical world called Malbenocia. It's the realm of dreams. And yes, I would say that I do make my characters easy to relate to, except for maybe the Sandman. He's a little out there. But Aquirra, the main character, with her thirst for a mother's love and anger towards the universe for taking it away is very relatable for anyone who has ever lost somebody. There are many aspects of Aquirra that are so human, but I guess that it is not the best example because she is human. Let's see, well, there is Edelio, the love interest, but spoiler alert, he is an immortal warrior, who has been drowning in the dark waters of depression for hundreds of years out of lonliness. Dashelle is a nymph, but her greatest desire is to have a child of her own but that ability was taken away from her when she married the Sandman. Oh, and Razzle Pie, a unicorn and Aquirra's soul guardian, is actually described in my book as having inner humanity... Hmm.. I think that I just naturally make my characters relatable to, I guess, my future readers. Because it is when a reader can see themselves within a character that the world that the writer has created truly becomes real to them. For goodness sakes, practically all my characters have a mood disorder with a single dominant emotion because that is one of the ways that I display myself into my own book. Emotions control my life and so they control my character's life. It wasn't on purpose, it was by complete accident. I just thought about my characters one day and I was like, hey, they have very strong feelings. I couldn't help it. I am simply human and that is the way my characters wil become even though some of them may not be.
We can take a tip from Disney. Every single one of his characters, the princesses, the talking animals, even Hercules, all have one common characteristics. The audience can relate to them. And that is the key to a successful creation, in my opinion. The characters must be a mirror to humanity, but still hold their own unique individuality.
My heart is my totem, a blackened beating taunt that soaks the Page with its prevail. Its blood becomes my ink as I stab the Pen into it. I heave forward with my hollow chest, entranced in my decay, sorry to say, that I am a writer of Darkness now.