The game is getting a lot of praise for how well written Elizabeth is. My questions is, is she really?
I'm trying to come to grips with this in my head because, I have to start my line of thinking out with the statement that:
I understand it's not important for a character to be written realistically to be written well.
But doesn't it play a part? Elizabeth is the least realistically written character I think I've ever seen in a game. She has lived her entire life in a tower, by herself, reading books, and yet is the most well character in the entire game. She reads social cues well, she understands sarcasm and inflections of tone, she relates well to people her own age as well as people older than her, and she relates perfectly well to people of the opposite gender. She expresses immediate revulsion at Booker's violence, but then becomes more and more okay with it relatively quickly as the game goes on. Her voice and mannerisms are completely anachronistic for the time period. When faced with the revelations of the game, she doesn't react like an 18 year old girl, she reacts like a character who is moving the plot along for Booker to react in the way appropriate for someone going through those revelations.
So why is she such a good character? Because she sings like a disney princess and dances like River Tam from firefly?
I feel like she is a good character, but I'm at a loss as to why. I think I have the same problem coming to terms with why I like Booker as a character even though his behavior is completely irredeemable. If you wind up liking the psychopath, is that good or bad writing?