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Should Characters Be Relatable?

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When characters are created they are given their own background, their own personality and traits and must fit into the story to which they are being created for. However, what about being relatable? Should a character possess some kind of characteristic to which makes them relatable to the reader or a real person for that matter? I mean I’m sure this is done but sometimes it may be unintentional or sometimes it’s completely left out which makes me wonder if a character has to be relatable in someway to the reader. An author cannot possibly know who will read their book and who will connect with their characters but assuming they can put in a trait for their character that a lot of people can relate to must mean they are trying to establish that. Not putting in something that relates the character to the reader or author may make the character unenjoyable which may make the story dry and un enjoyable for some. In my opinion I think even if it’s a small add, there needs to be something about that character that’s created to which anyone who reads it can say hey I can relate to that or at least understands the fundamentals about what the character is bringing to the story and what they represent.


I think it doesn’t matter what genre it is, the character must be relatable. Of course some genres will expect more than others from their characters but the reader wants to be able to take something with them after reading. They don’t just want to think the book was good or bad or that overall it made for a good read but rather there was something about the character that was so relatable that the reader is hoping for a sequel to read with that character or that, that character will stick with them in the future. Anyone can make a character have feelings, have a story to tell and even make them relate to real world scenarios but to just throw in that little something that gives the reader the extra boost to root for the character may make all the difference. It isn’t to say that a book who doesn’t have a relatable character will suffer but it merely means that having one as such presents a better understanding and connection between the author and his book with the reader. Again sometimes all it takes is a one little thing that separates a character from someone real or a reader and it will either bring the reader closer or turn them off depending on the individual of course.


What have we learned? That when you create a character you want them to be somewhat real, aside from them shooting lasers from a taser, fighting a fire breathing dragon or waving a magic wand during class time there needs to be some kind of realism in there. We all love the creativity authors imagine up but again whether it’s a crime/suspense novel of a science fiction fantasy novel we need that character to bring something real and relatable to the table. An extra boost if you will that makes you not only appreciate the story and the character but says, ‘hey I can relate to that and I can do that too if I tried’. Then again this isn’t about self confidence or boosting ones self esteem it’s just about a character being relatable but even there it’s being said that because they are so relatable that it makes the reader think that they can achieve something as well. As a read you want the character to either speak to you, feel like your there with them or that you are them. It would be only fitting to relate to the character and one would have to assume you would if your feeling one of the three things just mentioned. As long as the writer gives the character a voice it should be only fitting that the character should relate, even the smallest amount.

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