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Arrogant ~ #atozchallenge2018

Welcome to the Silvia Writes #atozchallenge.  

Fictional Character Traits

Arrogant – revealing an exaggerated sense of self importance.  A fictional character we love to hate. 

The arrogant fictional character mesmerizes and annoys in equal measure. He is often complex, and asshole doesn’t even cover it. Why the arrogance? In good stories he’s masking deep pain, insecurity, self-doubt. The perfect three-dimensional character needed to make audiences care or hate or both.

Often the arrogant type needs another character to keep him in check, maybe an assistant. For example, a powerful woman with a relationship heading nowhere good and young kids at home (Miranda in Devil Wears Prada). By the end of the movie, we discover that even this self-centered, unlikable woman has a softer side toward an assistant she has previously tortured.

Miranda’s redeeming quality. 

 

How do we create such a change in a character? How do we turn everything around?  We give the character an experience that shakes her life upside down (Miranda’s problems at home and office, her reliable assistant finally having had enough).

We allow the character to grow, show transformation. 

Character exploration and manipulation is what makes writing fun. And it’s all in the process, right? In developing. The end product is simply the reward. The writing process, the journey itself, fills the heart with agony, sure. But also with joy.

Any characters you love to hate only to love again?

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Fictional Character ~ Theme #AtoZ

Character is everything

We build character in kids from a young age, because real-life character is everything.

What about fiction?

The way I see it, fiction contains three elements that divide into many other, but three main components:

1.   Character

2.   Plot

3.   Setting

In my book — literal and figurative —  character is number one.

Sure, there are great plot-driven novels with little character development. Their success isn’t due to lack of character growth but excellent plot that is engrossing from the jump. The Maze Runner, a YA dystopian, is an example. Very plot-driven.

But back to my number one: character-driven fiction.

It’s advertised as a literary-fiction element. But, oh, how I disagree. Character-driven writing works superbly for genre fiction. Take Gone Girl, for one. Relationship drives the plot, sure, but the gradual revelation of characters, that’s what makes the story.

My kind of gig — stories with characters that become complicated people. Where personal evolution and character decisions shape the plot. Where writers develop the heck out of characters traits and together with plot cook up and serve magnificent stories.

And since you’re dying to know my A-Z Theme, here it is:

FICTIONAL CHARACTER TRAITS

No lectures, no writing advice.  I’m sure there is enough of that coming at you fast.  Just an accumulation of references, if you will. All in one place, right here.

No long articles. It’s my third or fourth A-Z Challenge. I’m familiar with the craziness about to ensue. There will be images, brief descriptions and examples.  That’s it.

So, come talk character. Add your favorite trait(s), name your fave characters, or simply talk fiction. Or life. Or whatever.

Okay?  Awesome. Onward to the April A-Z, dear blogging friend!

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