Quite honestly, I'm not sure if this should be in Character Development, or General Writing, so I put it in the thread I thought it belonged in since this is a character problem instead of a general writing problem. Anyways, on to my point. For the last few years, I've been working on a story that's been my main focus. Originally, it started out as a three piece series, but has been condensed into one book (there is still a possibility of a second book but it feels strained and forced to me like I have to answer questions left open from the first). Like I said though, the book isn't my problem per say, it's the characters in it. For the past year the characters have been my main focus. I've spent time with them and developed them to the best of my ability, and I found that the characters were becoming something I had not originally planned on. Which kind of throws a wrench into the mix when it comes to the story. The story is basically about a princess rebelling against her father and taking the throne from him. She has help along the way from a number of parties (which include several races). Originally, when the story was weak and kind of all over the place, there was no problem with having these races in there (and I had everything just about). Now however, I'm starting to wonder if the races actually fit into the story. Especially in terms of the characters. Let me explain the characters and it might help others understand my problem. The Princess: the princess, originally, is the daughter of the Devil. Now, society and beliefs dictate that the Devil is a being a malice and deciete that only lives to trick us into commiting sin, and make our lives misrable. My princess however, is nothing like her father. Quite frankly, she probably wouldn't even pass as being a person of malice and trickery. She is a little stuck up when the story begins, thinking she is the most important in all of the world, she is better then everyone else, and that everyone owes her something, etc etc. However, as the story progresses and she starts to see the truth that she's been blind to for so many years, she starts to change and become someone else, and by the end of the story her main reason for taking the throne from her father is to stop the pain and suffering he's caused on others. To me, that doesn't sound like something a demon (since the Devil is considered the King of Demons) would do. Which brings me to my next character problem. My Demon Bodyguard: Seth, as he's named for now, is a demon much like the Princess, and he's a very strong and high ranking demon at that. Aside from having split personalities, he's definitely not what people would envision for a demon. He's oddly loyal and puts his duties above all else. In order to climb in the ranks he believes in hard work and proving yourself the most worthy. In fact, if it wasn't for his alter ego, he probably wouldn't classify as a demon at all. The way his character developed just doesn't suit the race he was originally intended to be. He just isn't a true demon to me (or frankly, to the friends who read about him). So here's what I'm asking advice on: should I consider changing the race of my characters? The plot/conflicts of the story can work no matter what race they are (with some reworking of course), but when originally writing the story, and when the idea was first thought up, the characters were created as the race they now are. So yeah, should I change my demons into another race to try and overcome this problem of them not suiting the expectations of the race? I've tried to find every way around their personalities that I can, and came up empty. Which is why I'm asking for advice. Any suggestions? Please? Thanks in advance for any responses!