I've always had some trouble with character development in fiction which is unfortunate since I like character-driven works. I'm at that stage where I have some sense of who the characters are and what they feel, want, think, etc but it's tenuous and doesn't truly make sense in my head. So if some people could "review"/"interview" these characters and provide a different perspective/point out issues other than my own that would be great. Character 1 (Protagonist) - Elias Rijks, 26 y/o American journalist. Adventurous and always attempts to live life to the fullest, fueled by the discovery that the men in his family for generations have died young from disease or mysterious accidents. Moves to Holland following the death of his boyfriend, which leads to guilt over his lack of commitment/investment throughout his life and questioning of his lifestyle; he learns that a lot of what he thought he knew about his distant paternal relatives and his parents' history was actually untrue and becomes generally disillusioned. Confident, easy-going, intuitive, but capricious and self-indulgent. Character 2 (Antagonist) - Frans van Gans (less rhyme-y stupid name in the works). ~40 year old cult leader who has attempted to create a family through his cult in lieu of an actual one, but has come to despise them all after 15 years, is rather lonely, and wants a fresh start with someone young and new. Has a superiority complex and truly believes that those worthy of enlightenment (read: him and his upcoming boyfriend, not his cult members) will become godlike. Charismatic, passionate, deliberative, but self-serving and vindictive/cruel. (These characters are meant to be similar/complements to each other, both flawed in similar ways but one essentially good and the other essentially evil.) Maybe this is a weird question, I don't know, I just always find it helpful to get outside opinions/questions/thoughts from other people as it usually helps me solve the issues that I didn't notice but my brain did.