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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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