The Real Reason Fictional Characters Are Compelling

January 19, 2012 at 9:33 am  •  Posted in Writing by  •  0 Comments

book_on_grass (juliushonnor)Throw away the clichés about authentic or complex characters.

Readers don’t want to run into protagonists at the supermarket. Movie viewers never put on the complex emotional façade of a film star when they do laundry. Fiction is not reality.

Great movies and books, however, can help us survive the real events we face whenever we set down a book or walk out of the theater.

Compelling characters carry us through life by reminding us of our potential for change.

As we experience their inner turmoil and outward struggles, we realize that — even if we ultimately fail — change is possible.

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