Friday, February 4, 2011

Sympathetic Characters

One of the revelations to me as a designer that's obvious to writers in other crafts is that when you are trying to get the audience to invest in a character, it's important for them to be sympathetic. If you want audience members to invest in a protagonist, have them start out helping an old man, rescuing kittens, or being picked on -- whatever "dirty trick" you can employ to help the audience go along for a ride with someone, especially in a character arc where we want to show that character overcoming an emotional shortcoming.

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