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The High King Lives

Hear the Writer Roar! Tuesday: Realistic Characters April 24, 2012

Hello friends and I hope you’re having an inspiring Tuesday. Below, I have two links with great advice on creating good characters (namely the antagonist and protagonist).

http://bekindrewrite.net/2012/04/20/20-tips-for-creating-relatable-and-lovable-protagonists/

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-key-ingredient-for-dramatic-tension-understanding-the-antagonist/

What makes a character memorable? I am convinced that people can sell almost anything if the characters are good. Here’s an example: compare the new Muppet’s Movie and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. I’ve seen them both and they’re both very cheesy. But I absolutely loved the Muppet’s. I thought Journey 2 would make a great amusement park ride but the flick just stunk. What was the difference for me? the characters!

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The Muppet’s already had loveable characters that people grew up with. You have Kermit, the thoughtful and talented frog who also has a few commitment issues (you have to admit Miss Piggy is a little over the top). You have Gonzo the super eccentric but funny ummm….monster thing? Miss Piggy the drama Queen and ultimate diva. You have Ralph the musical introvert. Fozzy, the goof ball who craves attention. Then you have Animal who is completely reckless.

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Journey 2 didn’t have believable characters. It could’ve been a great movie. There was tons of action,a decent plot, and an incredible world. But the characters fell flat. You could’ve put any actor in the movie and they’d still fall flat. The lines just didn’t make sense. Things got dramatic way too fast. The grandfather got an attitude with Sean’s stepdad for no reason. He had never met the man…his reaction made no sense at all. Sean fell for the girl way too quick. I can get the whole love at first sight thing but there were no big  moments between the pair to give reason for any commitment.

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The characters had no depth. I could’ve handled all the cheezy/lazy lines had the characters been extremely likeable. I could’ve suspended my disbelief about the giant bugs and tiny elephants…I really could’ve got into it..but I didn’t because the characters didn’t act like real people. It was obvious they were actors spouting out cheezy lines that seemed to be a mixture of one liners from action movies.I couldn’t relate to the characters and so I didn’t care what happened to them.

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Now, the Muppet’s on the other hand were dear to my heart. I felt their pain. I almost cried….over the MUPPET’S! LOL…it takes real good writing to cause someone to cry over a cheesy kids film. My husband hates musicals but he was cracking up when the Muppet’s broke out into their 70’s musical number.

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The point is you can have a crazy fictional world…..you can have glittering vampires or a little green man that uses the force, as long as your characters are strong ;). If your characters are hollow shells that no one can relate to then they’re like robots and your book will fall flat. So may this be a lesson to all of us…..don’t be lazy when you create your characters and make sure their lines make sense with their personality.

God bless & Remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover

 

2 Responses to “Hear the Writer Roar! Tuesday: Realistic Characters”

  1. nikky44 Says:

    I wanted to let you know Amber that I have nominated your Blog for the Sunshine Award
    http://nikkysstrengthandweakness-nikky44.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunshine-award.html


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