November 21, 2023 at 5:08 pm #179585Sally FamiliaModerator
Share your thoughts on character development in scripts. How do writers create characters that are both engaging and believable?November 22, 2023 at 2:35 am #179596Kamaria WilliamsParticipant
I would say the best character development comes when a character is well-defined throughout the course of the series. This way, they’ll have a real struggle/issue they can actually work on. For some reason, Marceline The Vampire Queen came to mind so I’ll just use her as an example. When she’s first introduced to Adventure Time, she’s known as a stereotypical, scary, and pretty mean vampire. However, once she befriends Finn and Jake and starts going on more adventures with them, the audience gets to see a lot more layers to her. She’s a really good musician, a mischievous but loyal friend, and her relationship with Princess Bubblegum and other stuff in the series definitely made her pretty mysterious. Overall, writers can create characters that are engaging and believable by giving their characters charming/fun/likable personalities and adding depth. While good personalities/cinnamon roll characters are great, it’s gonna mean nothing if they don’t have any internal struggles, goals, motivations, philosophy, etc.November 27, 2023 at 4:27 pm #179795Karen LeeParticipant
I think creating engaging and believable characters starts with a relatable motive. Having the character strive towards a goal and struggle in a realistic and complex way makes them someone the audience can get attached to. Digging into why the character is the way they are and their emotions makes you feel for the character. I think having the character reveal themself over the course of a series makes for a compelling character. Additionally, adding purposeful unreliability within their narration or purposeful inconsistencies between speech and action could lend to complexity in a character.December 2, 2023 at 10:05 pm #180332Kylie LohseParticipant
Writers create characters who are engaging and believable by giving them goals that the audience can relate to, even if they are living completely different lives. When a character and audience have something in common, it creates a deep emotional connection that engages the audience and can give them an emotional attachment to a story/character.
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