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  •  It's easier to achieve onscreen than on the page. (5+ / 0-)

    In a book you have to balance these two things, all the language you use to draw a character's attractive traits and actions vs. the unattractive.

    A skilled actor can inhabit a generally dislikable character (e.g. House, Walter White, David Brent), but all these feather-touches of humanity, charm, humor, warmth bleed out around the edges.

    Or you can go other route, where it's not about the humanity - you make a Marlovian Uberdemon. Like Captain Ahab or Edmund from Lear. Where the protagonist isn't remotely likable, but their sheer charisma keeps you watching their every move.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed May 01, 2013 at 07:31:27 PM PDT

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