Normally, I write characters to have certain personalities and do certain things, and try not to worry too much about how readers will view each individual character—after all, if I'm objective enough, there can still be entertainment value in watching how the characters clash. However, I'm currently writing a character who fits a sort of "adorable youngster" archetype—constantly full of energy, loud and tactless but not deliberately mean, never depressed for longer than five minutes at a time, etc. (I think the most equivalent trope on the wiki is Keet
, although I'm not sure.) If this character turns out to be annoying, then I don't think readers will be able to stand any of the scenes that feature him, and if they don't think he's cute, then some of the reactions other characters have to him won't make any sense. As such, I'd like to ask both about the specific issue:
- How do you write a character that the readers will think is cute and endearing rather than shrill and annoying?
and the general problem:
- How do you write characters that you want the audience to react to in specific ways, without pushing them too bluntly and creating backlash?
edited 10th Mar '12 8:35:10 PM by feotakahari