November 22nd, 2005

Illustmaker me

Character depth

We've all come across reviews, both of fanfic and of professional work, where the critic rants about the "one-dimensional characters." It's an easy thing to say, and in some cases, it's an easy thing to see--the character who has no life, implied or otherwise, whatsoever outside of the story events is safely categorized as "one-dimensional" every time. (I haven't noticed the opposite, for the record--I can't think of any character that pretty much everyone thinks is "deep.") But it's slippery, because then you start walking into places where people just gape at one another in confusion, and a character one person thought was quite deep, another decrees to be impossibly shallow and unworthy of attention.

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