Major Character: The major character in the book or movie is the most important. This character moves the storyline or the plot. They are in every scene in the book or movie. This person “drives” the whole story. In my book the major character is Jaycee. She “drives” the story and decides whether or not she wants to do this or that and if she wants to trust the person. She also changes the plot.
Minor Character: The minor character is still important, but not as big and important as the major character. They do NOT move the storyline. In my book, Dead Girls Don’t Lie, the minor character is Skyler. Skyler is Jaycee’s boyfriend. He wants to help Jaycee find out what happened to Rachel so he gives her pictures and drives her places she needs to go. He is loyal to her and would do nothing to hurt her. But she then finds out something horrible about him in the end.
Static Characters: These character do NOT change. They are stereotypes. This person stays the same-good or bad. For example; In Harry Potter, Voldemort is a static character. He doesn’t change. Voldemort’s not all of the sudden going to change and be a goody-goody person. The static characters in my book is Jaycee’s dad. He does not change. He works hard, takes care of Jaycee really well, and he sets jsut the right limits for her. She breaks them anyway, so she can find who did this to Rachel.
Dynamic characters: Dynamic characters have a mix of good and bad characteristics. In Dead Girls Don’t Lie, one of the dynamic characters is Eduardo. He carries a gun and was part of a really dangerous gang in California, but he still wants to help Jaycee since he was friends with Rachel.
Protagonist: A protagonist wants change or is the good guy. But not in every book the protagonist is the good guy. In my book the protagonist is the good guy/girl. Jaycee wants to find out how her best friend, Rachel, died, but she can’t get caught by the gang that killed Rachel.
Antagonist(s): The antagonists are against change. This doesn’t make them a bad guy, but if it is a fantasy book, it does make them a bad guy. The antagonists in Dead Girls Don’t Lie is the gang- the Cempoalli. They do not want Jaycee to find out how Rachel died, so they spray paint her house and wreck her room while she wasn’t there, to try and scare her to stop trying to figure it out.
Nemisis: Nemisis is something you can’t really defeat, like disease or something. Harry Potter defeated Voldemort, but did he defeat evil? No. In my book the Nemisis is the sadness that Rachel died. Jaycee is sad and scared and Rachel’s mom is so sad and you can’t really defeat that.
Sidekick: The sidekick is someoe you can depend on to be one specific way. They are loyal to the major character. In Dead Girls Don’t Lie, the sidekick is Skyler. He is loyal to Jaycee and would do anything to help her. He wouldn’t try to hurt her either. Until the end. He doesn’t do it to hurt her, but he can’t handle living like that and he can’t live without her, so he tries to take both of them. It is really complicated, so you’ll have to read it!