Aha! You’re listening to this podcast, just as we always knew you would from all the subtle queues we’ve been giving you. Don’t you feel manipulated? Good, because this week we’re finally answering a question from a listener and talking about how to portray manipulative characters. Kristin joins us for a third time to discuss how to make manipulative characters sympathetic, whether or not manipulative characters should be sympathetic, and who exactly counts as manipulative. We go on at length about the pitfalls of manipulative characters, like how easy it is to stumble into sexist stereotypes or excuse abusive behavior. But we also talk about the benefits of portraying manipulative characters well. You’ll have to listen to find out what those are, though.
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.
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