Fictional character traits
Daring — Bold, brave, dauntless
When we say daring we might think Batman or Superman, but I like internal bravery. A character holding a certain belief strongly, willing to endanger safety and life itself to see it come to fruition.
The character in Rosa Park, for example. A daring portrayal, not surprising given the real-life woman herself. Angela Bassett, who always walks boldly into roles, proves how a character ought to be portrayed. Not by over acting. And likely not by accepting an overwritten script. By embracing the story, letting it be told via internal emotion done in measure.
Daring is also distance runner Steve Prefontaine (Jared Leto) who disregards conventional wisdom and follows his own plan: run as fast as you can. A hero among running enthusiasts. A champion’s champion who inspired runners and writers alike.
Or Julie Andrews, a singular onscreen presence in Victor Victoria (1892).
Andrews takes apart her character then puts it back together with layers of daring style and lighthearted comedy superbly written. Because any writer worth her salt knows a story, particularly one set in a cabaret, will bore the reader to tears if too serious.
We need balance.
In my view, this character, irrespective of what she endures, needs to be made whole again in life or in memoriam. This is the type of fictional character we root for.
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