thanks for the adventure
now go have a new one!
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i think you guys don’t understand. these aren’t photos of animals in bowls. they’re photos of PAINTINGS of animals in bowls.
You can also just replace that with “How to Be A Strong Character”. Period. Regardless of gender. There’s PLENTY of male characters that fall into the list on the left who are equally uninteresting and not strong characters.
But yeah, that’s really important. Having a character with depth, integrity, and feeling is so much more important than Killing All Bad Dudes While Wearing Sunglasses. You can have a character who is incredibly physically strong, but that doesn’t make them a “strong character”.
Appearance and personality have nothing to do with making a good character unless they help define that character and become a part of them that actually has value and impact. You can give your character “Stock Personality #12” but unless you reflect how that personality causes that character to interact with others and react to situations, or how it causes others to view and react to them, you haven’t created a character with any depth.
Well rounded characters. They are the key to making strong characters. Make a character who feels like a real person even if they’re fantastical in design. “This lady is really mad all the time” doesn’t give your viewers, or yourself, anything to connect to on a personal level and doesn’t leave much to remember.
The “Change and Develop” is pretty key as well. Characters who never change are pretty one dimensional and can be pretty predictable, which isn’t always a bad thing. It can be really hard to make that seem interesting and not become a bit stiff and boring, however. The character doesn’t even need to change for the better. You don’t have to get stronger, physically or emotionally, do the right thing, make the right choices, or be the “good guy” to be an interesting and well rounded character. If you can make an interesting underhanded, weak-willed ninny of a slimeball who has a unique personality that undergoes character development and has more to them than being an underhanded, weak-willed ninny, that’s pretty awesome.
Giving your character the trappings of being a badass doesn’t make them anymore strong or interesting of a character than putting a sign on your chest that says “I AM INCREDIBLY INTERESTING” makes you particularly interesting. Actions speak much louder than sunglasses and camo print. It’s what you do that makes you interesting, not that you say you’re interesting.
Reblogging for the above commentary. And to note that not all characters fit into “man” and “woman” stereotypes that rely purely on their sex and conversely simply reversing gender stereotypes does not make for a richer character, either. Some characters are intersex/genderfluid/transgender, etc — and some are not. I’m glad to have characters already that don’t fit into the standard genders and/or their expected roles.
The most important thing to do when creating a story is to give your audience a reason to keep reading, to keep watching, to keep listening. Give them a reason to care about your characters. Make them compelling. Make me love them. Make me hate them, but make it a compelling hate. You do this by making your characters diverse. By making them interesting. Make them into people. People we’ve never been exposed to. People we’ve never met. There are more types of people than the ones we’ve been exposed to.