FLC Assignment 3


Hey, young bloods! Today is the third and final assignment in FLC, and I'll be sharing what I look for in a great protagonist. So, without further ado, let's get started!

The giant thing I look for in an protagonist is realism. A main character who is too flat or storybook-perfect can really ruin a great story. Here are some ways in which an MC can be more realistic and, in my book, enjoyable:

1. Flaws. No one is perfect, and, believe it or not, that includes story MCs. An MC who is great at everything, never makes a mistake, and always swoops in on time to save the day is both horribly predictable and torturously annoying. I love when authors give their main characters lots of flaws, especially when those contribute to the plot in some way. For example, instead of maintaining a perfectly clear head in the heat of combat, an MC might make an impulsive, irrational move that costs the battle or gets a friend captured. Their flaw of charging ahead and not thinking things through came out in this situation, and it definitely, in my opinion, made the story more interesting!

2. Depth. Sure, your MC can be witty, brave, or talented. But that isn't their only character trait, is it? MCs who are defined by only one trait throughout the entire story are often boring and irritating. Give your characters some depth of emotion and character! This often happens in the details. For example, I like when instead of "Jimmy decided he had to be brave" it says something like "Jimmy felt a flip-flopping in his stomach, but he knew he had to be brave". See? More depth to Jimmy's emotion made him a lot more interesting and feel a ton more like a real character. I also love when authors give their characters little habits, like tapping their foot when they're nervous or pushing their glasses up the bridge of their nose when they're thinking.

3. Failings. I hate it when MCs succeed the first time they do something, every time. It's natural to have to fall and get up a few times before you get something right, and characters who are prodigies at everything or have all their plans work out perfectly the first time can be really annoying and unhealthy for the story. I like characters who do succeed sometimes, so as not to make the story super depressing, but often fail and have to try a different strategy or don't get the results they wanted. Plus, it keeps the plot from being too predictable.

Well, that's all for now! What do you love and hate to see in main characters? Comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

Namarië,
Ellie

4 comments:

  1. Yes. I like the characters with mannerisms and problems. Lots of times I forget about those.

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    1. So do I. Or, rather, I want my character to be flawless and have things go easily for them because I'm often living through them and I don't want to make mistakes.

      - Ellie

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  2. Okay what team are you in? I'm in Team Hippogriff! Kathryn's giving the results today!

    Rukiya XX

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    1. I'm on Team Hobbit :) yeah, I'm excited to see!!

      - Ellie

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