April 3

What I Look for in a Good Character

What I look for is exactly what everyone else does; diversity and growth. I was never really super into the whole “super hero and villain” dynamic. It’s played out to me, and when characters are intricate and complicated, it makes the story more intriguing. When it’s a battle over right and wrong, but nobody truly knows which is which. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd said it best (I mean he usually says everything the best) with his lyrics “Us and Them, and after all we’re only ordinary men”. Which is what I’m trying to get across here. People have their own specific ideologies, so when you hold one above the other it makes the story two dimensional and the characters flat. Because the best stories are of individuals struggling against what they believe is right, and what they know needs to be done. That struggle is exactly what leads to the second property of a good character, growth. Because when you entice philosophy and morality to shift, you grow, you evolve and become more well rounded as a person. So when you can take a character and make them grow, make them question their own mind, they expand. It becomes something much larger than a book, it becomes a frantic enigma, challenging the reader to develop themselves. Then in turn, we as people grow alongside the character.

Posted April 3, 2020 by Dylan in category Pop Lit Prompts

About the Author

The main thing you should know about me is that I am in love with Carson Jacob. He is my sweet boy and when he flexes and says "What it do babyyyyyy?" I'm absolutely floored. He could melt the heart out of anyone's chest and by God he will be mine. He entrances and delights and without seeming to eager, he's quite the looker too. I'm coming for that absolute hunk of man meat and once I get a taste it's over for y'all. I also enjoy music and skating but that's not the point. You think this post is about me? NO. This post is about the greatest man to walk the Earth: Carson Eleanor Jacob.

1 thoughts on “What I Look for in a Good Character

  1. Mr. Green

    “when characters are intricate and complicated, it makes the story more intriguing.”

    I couldn’t agree more. I think the single thing that made Shakespeare so revolutionary was his grasp of conflicted, inconsistent characters. Characters so puzzling that people are still trying to figure them out 400 years later.


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