What is it that makes a good story? I’m rereading Jane Eyre for enjoyment and to see how Charlotte Bronte wrote the book. Already in the early pages, the reader is rooting for a hero and hopes the “bad guy, Mrs. Reed” doesn’t succeed.
Some say no to this kind of battle. “Everyone is the hero of their own story,” they say. Present the characters truthfully, and you’ll have your story.
Some writers are so fair to their characters that you don’t start rooting for one or the other until you’ve read half the book. I suppose there are some stories where you don’t get emotionally involved with either character.
What is your opinion? The bad guy up front right away? Slow development of the characters? No bad guy?
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