Another appealing aspect of Ishiguro's work is his characters. They tend to come from experiences much different from his. In A Pale View of Hills, the narrator is a woman. "I've always found it easier to be intimate and revealing with characters who were not like me," he explains, "When you're dealing with someone not like yourself, you have to think much harder about why that person behaves in certain ways, why things have happened to him or her. I think one of the dangers of having a kind of alter ego in fiction is that you drag in all kinds of things that are irrelevent in an artistic sense simply because they are things that you are concerned with as a person yourself." Moreover, he tends to concern himself with older characters in historical contexts, all of whom have done things they regret. He reasons that looking at what has happened to them can fight complacency in himself, a member of the younger generation.