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Old 01-28-2013, 09:28 PM
donnaf (Offline)
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Originally Posted by Lin View Post
You're definitely on to something about resonant characters, though.
I would say it's not necessary to "like" a character as long as you "care about" them. Think of Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lector.

Let me refer you to this mention of that factor by a really great American writer, Lawrence Shames.
I agree, it isn't necessary to "like" a character as long as you "care about" them--or have some interest in what happens to them, even if it's only wanting to see them get their just reward. An Asshole-type character can evoke as strong emotions as one who is easy to love and admire. I've even found myself rooting for the jerk because the hero was so annoying to me.
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