What Makes Memorable Characters?

As Week Two is under way, and our study of character expands into dialogue and cast of characters, I’m reminded of a list of insight brought to us via a recent video on the topic, and I thought I’d share them with you all.

1.) They live and love like us.

2.) They grow and change like us.

3.) They keep making the same mistakes like us (I’m not sure this necessarily applies to all memorable characters, but throughout fiction you do see a lot of characters repeating similar actions, for various reasons. For instance, in HP the reader sees Harry forever trying to do the right thing in his vengeance against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. These things aren’t always done the same way, however. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, right?:) In Sir Author Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, the protagonist firmly believes that good shall always win, and he implements such beliefs into their investigations. But are all of these actions MISTAKES? That’s the word that trips me up. The devil’s in the details, or so they say.

4.) They are like us or not at all like us, in ways that appeal to us or repulse us.

5.) They want or need something for themselves, often more than one thing. These desires are usually conflicting, which makes for complex characters.

6.) We see something about the world and what it is to be human through them. [i.e., the human condition.]

Is there anything you’d like to add? Feel free to do so in the comment section. Would you agree or disagree with any of these?


10 thoughts on “What Makes Memorable Characters?

    1. Thank you. Surely I can’t take all the credit, though. I simply took note of what was being taught and blogged about it.If you do think of something, always feel free to share.:) The class is going very well. I’m about to embark on my second assignmnt, and it seems to be a doozy. I have learned quite a bit already, yes. Anytime.

  1. That’s cool, Tosha. Poetry is clearly your forte. Is the self help parody book published? Perhaps one day you’ll be inspired to write some short stories. Start there and work your way up, if you’re interested.:)

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