What is it about scary stories? We, collectively, just can’t get enough. Whether creepy wet girl-child, voraciously sexy vampire, gangrenous undead, or senselessly psychotic scythe-wielder waiting to kill, we keep coming back for more. Horror consistently tops the bestselling and box office lists, whether presented as out-and-out gore or more seductively as true crime or psychological thrillers. Just what is the secret to keeping an audience on the …
You know the ones: characters who so get under your skin that you can’t stop watching week after week, characters who get talked about at the office the next day, characters so brazenly themselves that you can’t believe they just did that? But they did. How about a few examples to paint the picture?
Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock Jenny Schecter on The L Word Simon Cowell as himself on American Idol
What makes these characters so compelling …
I admit, this is a blatant repost (it’s actually a re-repost…) but it’s good and has to be shared.
In the spirit of some of my favorite “story craft” reads, here’s a visual representation of the players available to you should you find yourself up late some night drafting an epic tale.
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