The first step to fixing a candied character is recognizing them.
Oh boy do writers love to get this wrong.
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It's complicated, but yes.
Creating a selfish main character is tricky but not impossible.
Every bit of triumph or heartache has to be built up by the storyteller.
Characters can be grating without being abusive.
Many storytellers have sacrificed their stories on the altar of comedy.
Audiences won't get far in your story if they can't stand your main character.
How does the movie's opening set up the story that follows?
Do you want a story where the villain isn’t a mustache-twirling baddie who does terrible things just “for the evulz”?
Believe it or not, we occasionally run into characters that impress us.
Candy and spinach are important concepts because they describe two critical elements of character likability.
Most principles of character likability work for a broad audience.