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What makes a compelling character in a book or movie?

A compelling character is intrinsically human. The character must have human characteristics that the audience can connect with. It is characters with gray areas that are the most compelling because an audience can tell if a character is not, in some way, relatable. For the reader to relate to a character, the character needs to be fully fleshed out with an entire life that led them to the point at which the story begins; otherwise, the character seems two-dimensional and lifeless. The key to creating a believable character is in the details, the little things. Does the character have a favorite drink? A personality flaw revealed in dialogue? A love for romance novels? These small things all add up to a character that feels compelling and believable.

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