Writing characters to promote or avoid audience reactions:
- How do you write a character that the readers will think is cute and endearing rather than shrill and annoying?
- 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
edited 10th Mar '12 9:39:31 PM by feotakahari
- Make 'em attractive. Humans are more inclined to like attractive characters. No joke, it's in our psyche, there's been studies that say we tend to be more trusting of the handsome and/or beautiful.
- Underdogs. Characters at a disadvantage get a lot of sympathy (as long as you don't go into You Suck territory). Same goes for characters that are unfairly treated somehow (such as someone being framed for a crime) or in difficult situations (<insert typical survival horror setting here>).
- On the opposite end of the scale, escapist characters! People so awesome you can't help but be endeared to them. Admittedly, these are hard characters to create, but they tend to be the showy, funny, powerful types.
- Funny characters. Not someone who can give pointers on that, so I'll leave that to you guys.
- Put them in situations that will make people sympathize. Have your character's loved one die, or have him be rejected, or have him lose a contest he worked so hard for.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.