In a story, who are the characters we like? We like characters who are like us. “I like her. She’s got a sense of humor.” Implicit in the statement is just like me. While we like such characters, they can be a bit boring for us.
A list of characters we like might include:
- Physical Attractiveness. Just refer to Hollywood.
- Altruism. Someone who gives of self
- A victim. We have sympathy for a victim
- Desires and Dreams. Involve your reader in the noble pursuit of the hero’s goal. In my opinion, this is the strongest way to involve your reader.
- We like people with a good attitude.
- We like people who volunteer for dangerous missions
- We like people who are reliable
- We like clever characters
- We like the lovable rogue.
Our hero might have one or more of these characteristics, but the evil villain has to have a likeable quality as well, at least a hint of one.
Tomorrow – characters we hate.
Consult Orson Scott Card’s book – Character & Viewpoint
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