This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss unlikeable characters. What’s the difference between a flawed character and an unlikeable one? Can you go too far writing an unlikeable character? Why write one at all?
How often do you find unlikeable characters? Is there a difference between an unlikeable personality and moral or ethical flaws? What about morally repugnant characters? What kind of arcs do unlikeable characters have? And how do you craft them?
What we talked about:
How often do you encounter unlikeable characters in fiction (that are not the antagonist)? (0:24)
Is there a difference between things we don’t like versus moral or ethical flaws? How can this damage relatability? (3:35)
Is it essential to the story? (9:28)
What about writing from the point of view of a morally repugnant character? (11:15)
Likeability is more about personality rather than ethics. (13:35)
The redemption arc for unlikeable characters. (16:58)
What is the difference between a flawed character and an unlikeable character? (19:32)
How do you purposefully write an unlikeable character? (21:17)
What are universal unlikeable traits? (23:10)
Give your unlikeable characters a key moment! (28:45)
Things we mentioned:
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