What Makes a Character Work for You?

In all of the best stories I've read, certain things have to be true about the characters.

1. They've got to be interesting in some way, whether it is by being so different to these around them it is bound to grab your attention, or they do something which goes against what is expected of them. You immediately want to know why and what the consequences are. Result! You read on...

2. They have to have flaws and virtues and, above all, understandable reasons for acting the way they are. It doesn't mean you have to agree or like them.

3. Personal one here - I'm particularly fond of the underdog. I like to see if they can "win out". Fairytales of course feature a lot of these (and they do win!) so that fuels my love of this one.

4. They have to overcome adversity in some way, whether that is a major one (or is only major to them).

5. They have to develop in some way over the course of the story or novel and by the end, even if not successful in their aim which is driving the story, have come to a better understanding of themselves and the world they live in. The reader can see they've changed for the better.
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Published on July 10, 2018 13:19 Tags: characters, good-books, good-stories, reading
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