Empathy

Apparently, when you write a novel, you have roughly…well, let’s see…10 trillion things to think about. One of those things is whether or not anyone on the planet likes your protaganist.
But sometimes, and this has to be quite skillfully done, nobody has to like your protaganist. He or she can kick puppies, stop funding for AIDs research, laugh at dying children…the works. You just have to make your readers empathize with them in some way. Empathy man. That’s the 9,999,999,999 thing you have to think about.

So, in an effort, NOT to think about it, I wonder… who is your favorite character to hate?

For some reason, the first person to come to my mind is Brenda Walsh from 90210.

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3 thoughts on “Empathy

  1. Absolutely Brenda Walsh. Even in the new (and getting better) 90210. Sorry to go Harry Potter on you here, but the first person that comes to mind is Professor Umbridge. I wanted to make a t-shirt when book 5 came out that said “I Hate Umbridge.” Sometimes I want to punch Kathie Lee Gifford.

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  2. Stephen King might agree with you about Umbridge, Jen. I think I remember him writing about Harry Potter, and saying Umbridge was one of the most brilliant villains of all time.

    Guess she's not a protagonist though, eh?

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  3. MELISSA! You didn’t tell me you had a blog! Well, I’ll be following you now! I was telling my husband how much I liked you and how we geeked out over Pioneer Woman. Good times. 🙂

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