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Drama by Raina Telgemeier
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Oct 24, 12

Read in October, 2012

** spoiler alert ** “Like people, all characters have strengths and flaws that make them realistic and relatable,” said Ms. Kasprzyk. In the book “Drama”, the main character, Callie, has characteristics that may seem like strengths, but are actually flaws in disguise. The middle school play “Moon over Mississippi” has given set designer Callie great hopes and ideas, but with the low budget, she’s not sure how she can accomplish a “Broadway worth” production. And when two cute boys enter the picture, things start to get crazy, bringing out her two biggest flaws: indecision and perfectionism.
The reason indecision makes Callie a more interesting character is because a lot of real people tend to also have trouble deciding between things, especially when they are deciding between crushes and cute boys/girls. Most often, it is easier to understand why a character does certain things when we have gone through similar experiences. We can sympathize with the character because we understand them. To us, they sort of become human. The reason Callie’s flaw is indecision is because she can’t decide which boy she likes. This affects everything that happens later in the book: rumors start spreading, and people see things that they mistake for others. The whole story basically revolves around her flaw, for if she chose who she liked the most and started dating them, the whole book might have taken a whole other turn.
The reason Callie’s flaw is perfectionism is because she can’t/refuses to believe that she will achieve the same/better result if she slows down and takes things a step at a time and not all at once. She needs everything to be perfect, but the more she stresses out, the worse the result. For example, when she is making the cannon, she stays up all night, making sure that it works. At the rehearsal the cannon does work, but at the play, she stresses out so much that she doesn’t step properly and messes up, making the cannon explode at the wrong time and place. People tend to feel compassion and sympathize with the character, because giving characters these very human flaws makes the characters much more believable.
Callie doesn’t have very many visible flaws; they are minor, but not non-existing. These flaws make her seem real. If not for the flaws, people would not enjoy reading the books as much because they could not compare themselves to the character, for nobody is perfect, whether character or human.
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Aidan This sounds a lot like an assignment for school.


704 Maya Thats cause it is...


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