Novelty isn't easy, but it's the quickest way to make an impression.
It requires more than showing your hero rescuing a cat from a tree.
A character with genuine hardships will get audiences emotionally invested in the story.
What if a character was just nice and dependable?
This silly-sounding spectrum has a huge impact on how we respond to characters.
In a truly tragic story, the hero fails because they made the wrong choice.
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?