You could do worse than browse through a book with a title you will never forget once your read it, and take some hints from the author on what exactly a viewer of a movie (or reader of a novel) wants from the characters you are going to create for your little world.
Here are a few of his archetypes: the young man on the rise, the good girl tempted, the clever and resourceful child, the sex goddess, the hunk, the wounded soldier going back for a last redemptive mission, the troubled sexpot, the court jester, the wise grandfather, talking animals, sidekicks and misers.
"Each one of these archetypes has a story arc we want to see played out again and again. And it's all about matching what we carry in the back of our minds to what we see onscreen. Who deserves to win and why? Who deserves comeuppance and why? ... It's how the "who" and the "what is it?" come together in an intriguing combination that makes us want to see this story unfold."
|Blake Snyders - Save the Cat! author|
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