Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Major Impact of Minor Characters

Some of the most memorable characters in literature and film are the minor characters. Minor characters serve many roles. They often provide comic relief, give us a contrast to the hero, provide a slightly different point of view, demonstrate a rivalry, share insights into different cultures, and show us the motivations of antagonists. They might be a friend, sidekick, evil minion of the villain, or a "threshold guardian" momentarily preventing the hero from leaving the Old World to enter the New World. They often act as mentors, sometimes just for a scene or two, passing along vital information or giving aid to the other characters in the story...

Read the rest of the article at Spellbinders to find out why so many minor characters die at the midpoint or the climax of the story. There is also a ghostly writing activity for the month of October.

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