Dissecting Dragons

Episode 337: Relatable or Debateable - Avoiding Mediocre Main Characters in Speculative Fiction.

August 5, 2022

We've all read them; books with great setting, promising story, engaging prose...and a damp squib for a main character. Sometimes this is because the author has been pushed into supplying what industry representatives think readers want in a main  character and sometimes it's just that the author has failed to listen to their own story, perhaps missing that a secondary character is both more engaging and has a better story to tell. This week the dragons look at what makes a MC engaging and what you should avoid doing when you create a character. On the slab this week: Deep Space Nine, Stranger Things, A Court of Silver Fire and many more.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic.

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