Tag: characters

What makes a good anti-hero?

What makes a good anti-hero?

‘antihero noun A protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities.’ Merriam-Webster Dictionary A while ago I wrote a post about the rise of the anti-hero, and about how morally grey characters are becoming more and more prevalent in modern media. But what exactly makes a good anti-hero? Because let’s face it: getting anti-heroes right is hard. By nature, they’re supposed to be deeply flawed individuals who often do pretty messed up things, so what exactly makes an anti-hero a type of hero, rather than a straight-up villain? And what makes us root for them, and even… Read more »

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My Favourite Fictional Royalty

My Favourite Fictional Royalty

A huge trope in the fantasy genre is characters who are royalty, and whilst it has been done over and over, I actually really love this fantasy stereotype! Having characters who are kings and queens, or princes and princesses pretty much guarantees that the story is going to epic in proportion: when royalty is involved, treachery will be rife, wars will rage and kingdoms will rise and fall! That’s why I thought I’d do a post all about my favourite royal characters from books, whether they’re courageous and noble, or crazy and despotic (by favourite I mean I like their… Read more »

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What makes a good villain?

What makes a good villain?

As surprising as it might seem, villains have just as big a role in a story as the hero. Yes, we may spend much more time with the hero, but essentially there is no story without the villain there to oppose the hero’s every move. But what makes a good villain? What is it that enthrals us so much, and makes us love to hate them? And what makes them fall flat and not seem like much of a threat? Well here are a few of my ideas about what makes a good villain! Essentials: Good villains have clear motives… Read more »

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What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

What makes a ‘strong’ female character?

Thanks to the rise of feminism, representations of women in fiction have never been as varied and empowering as they are today. Gone are the days of two-dimensional, doll-like heroines, whose only purpose was to be coveted, fought over, or rescued by the male characters – today’s heroines are complex, nuanced and have agency. However, there’s a term that’s commonly bandied about in regards to some of our modern-day heroines that I feel is often misused or misinterpreted, and that’s the idea of the ‘strong female character’. For one thing, it does slightly irk me that we still have to define… Read more »

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What makes you care about a character?

What makes you care about a character?

Have you ever read a book that had an incredible plot, perfect pacing and epic world-building, but somehow it just wasn’t doing it for you? Most of the time when that happens to me, it comes down to one thing: I just don’t care about the main character. Caring about the main character in a book is so important, because after all, why are you going to waste your time reading hundreds of pages when you ultimately don’t care about the outcome? If you have no feelings whatsoever towards a character, then there’s nothing driving you to follow their story, however good the… Read more »

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Writers: How do you name characters?

Writers: How do you name characters?

Is it me, or is one of the hardest parts of starting a new story naming all of the characters? Maybe it’s just me, nitpicking over small details, but it seems like a pretty big responsibility, naming another human (or elf, or dwarf etc.), even if they are only fictional (God forbid if I ever have kids and actually have to choose a name for another human being!). It’s just that once you’ve chosen a name you’re pretty much stuck with it for the entirety of the project, unless you’re willing to put in a lot of effort afterward to… Read more »

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