I started my book My Stupid Girl with absolutely zero knowledge in the Goth/Emo department. But after hours and hours of research I can say that I feel like I have a small grasp on the thinking's and ways of people who chose this life style. I joined a chat room and watched the conversations go back and forth between Emo teenagers and I was surprised at how much love and beauty they saw in the world.
I think a lot of times an author doesn't take the time to get to know a characters the way they ought to. They just write to write, not to connect, create, perfect and fall in love with a character.
Writing is an art, not just a means to make money. I want to be an artist. I want to create beauty that people read and I want more than anything for people to believe that my characters are real. I am convinced of such things. David is REAL.... (ahem)
How much time do you spend researching characters? Thank God for google!