Suggest to her that she read up on some of the wide variety of Trickster myths around the world. Loki is, like any trickster, certainly dark at times, but not always. Loki is not "evil" nor is he "good", he is a force of necessary chaos and change, and yes, some people have misinterpreted that to think that he is "evil" because sometimes he has made bad things happen, but no....
Anyway long ranty tl/dr aside...I fully support people who make Loki a protagonist without making him an anti-hero. I, too, have a series of novels-in-progress based on Norse mythology, and mine revolve totally around Loki and his family, so...yeah, I definitely understand.
My friend has admitted that Loki does get a rough ride in the myths. I do think that he would have something of a tough exterior, but there's usually a reason for it. I would certainly like to see yours in print as well.
There's a fantastic comic artist called ofools on tumblr who documents some of her interactions with Loki in comic form, very funny, lots of snark, and beautiful artwork. Maybe you could draw inspiration from that? http://ofools.tumblr.com/tagged/baby%27s-first-pagan-tag
this tag is where she puts her comics, and you may have to scroll through a little to find them, but they are so worth the find.
Sorry that I didn't reply to your comment earlier. For some reason, LiveJournal had deamed that your comment was suspitious. I will definitly look into this. It could be interesting.
Edited at 2014-05-11 06:07 pm (UTC)
Saturday 3rd May, 2014 :: 07:11 pm (UTC)
I am all for challenging conventional understandings of mythic figures. (In my totally biased opinion, Loki doesn't get enough credit for -being- "nice," though I'd use words other than "nice," myself.)
Out of curiousity, what word would you use?
Sunday 4th May, 2014 :: 04:47 pm (UTC)
Well . . . He's been very gentle, and kind, and compassionate with me; "sweet" isn't the worst word. He's very deeply loving. But sometimes He is such a pain in the ass in little ways, and He's pushed me very hard on things, often in very upsetting, painful ways - and while I know it's been out of love and a desire for good things for me, I can't say that "nice" is a good general descriptor. "Nice" to me sounds like someone who is always pleasant and helpful; responding to requests for clarification with very not-clear answers, or answers that are basically "LOL nope" isn't nice. He's wonderful, and He's very challenging in a way that I can't reconcile with "nice." (I'm not sure "nice" would fit too many deities, for that matter.) He's too willing to cross lines, to do things that other people would think, "Oh, but that's /not nice/," even if it's necessary and good for a bigger-picture goal.
That is kind of the way that I would see him. He cares, but he is capable of being hard and kind of harsh when he thinks that it is necessary, but is honourable. There is one human character that I see him caring a lot about, even though he doesn't always show it in the way that she would want him to.
Anti-Lokeans put a lot of emphasis on Loki's kenning "God of Lies". If they had read all the myths involving Loki, they would have seen that although He tricks other entities, He never breaks His word.
I noticed that as well. He has honour and once he has said that he will do something, he will do it. People may not always like that, or like how he goes about it, but I respect the fact that he keeps his word.
I've been dogged on for making Loki seem too kind in my art, and I always feel kind of bad about it. I wonder how he feels about it most of the time.
I always get the feeling that he something of a pineapple. Hard and prickly on the outside, sweet on the inside, with an incomprehensible core.