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1,158 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 15 years ago by Aburame

Do you find that main characters are usually the most boring in stories?


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15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/27/06 - 2:28:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
I like the enemies in the story better, the ones that don't get developed as much as the main character.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/27/06 - 2:30:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
The beautiful leading lady in any story is usually the dullest character of all. The supporting characters are usually comic relief, and therefore much more interesting! I honestly don't get past the first couple of pages in a book if the leading characters aren't compelling though.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/27/06 - 2:31:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's not always the case. But sometimes the minor characters can really appeal to you and you want to know more about them.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/27/06 - 2:35:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Interesting question. Kind of depends, I suppose. They're most likely not the most interesting person in the story, but you certainly see trends in, say, the characters that certain directors use in their movies. For example, Spielberg makes heroes out of hesitant people (not terribly interesting, most of the time), while Herzog thrives on the characters that are completely out of their minds or have completely unrealistic goals. Seems like all directors have main characters that share common traits, interesting or not. If you have a very limited base, or always read novels by the same author, I could see where this might be a problem.

Again, it's interesting. I'll try and keep a record of what I think of the main characters the next time I read a book or see a movie.

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/30/06 - 3:03:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not usually, but sometimes I don't find them to be the most likeable of the characters.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/30/06 - 3:08:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Often yes.. and why do they always get there own way?
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/30/06 - 3:28:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only if they're portrayed without any human flaws. Sometimes heroes are written this way, and they can be dull.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/30/06 - 3:31:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah, that's why i don't like stories where everybody's the main character
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/30/06 - 3:35:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
not always.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 6/30/06 - 9:29:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
i have never found that to tell you the truth .
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 7/2/06 - 6:29:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have not thought about this, but I don't think so. The main character is the focus of the story, so the author must have found them interesting enough to base a whole book upon.
Also, the minor characters do not get a proper elaboration of their character, so it is not really possible to compare them.

If the minor character is more interesting, the author would have set them as the main character.

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 7/2/06 - 6:35:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
The comic relief characters are sometimes better...
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 7/2/06 - 6:44:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess for the most part.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 7/2/06 - 6:57:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, the main character 75% of the time is an innocent blank slate. And life and other characters are inflicted upon them.

The main character is usually a writing device in which to display a time period, or a situation, or other types of people. So they almost always have little personality, and are reacting to situations instead of creating the situations.

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/12/06 - 1:59:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
mostly yes.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/31/06 - 6:39:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/2/2006 6:29:15 PM Lynn_19 wrote:
I have not thought about this, but I don't think so. The main character is the focus of the story, so the author must have found them interesting enough to base a whole book upon. Also, the minor characters do not get a proper elaboration of their character, so it is not really possible to compare them. If the minor character is more interesting, the author would have set them as the main character.

that's pretty much what I think. I can't think of a story where the main character is dull at all
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/31/06 - 6:40:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
well...maybe The Great Gatsby, but I really didn't care for that book anyway
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/31/06 - 6:44:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I often times than not favour the supporting characters verses the main star of the novel.

I find that they're often portrayed dully and really just a centerpoint for the story...it's the cast that makes it memorable.

15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/31/06 - 6:47:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^unless the book is done in first person perspective...then they're usually very good...

ie...the anne rice's vampire/witchy novels and diana gabaldon's outlander series...those are excellent.

15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 8/2/06 - 5:01:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
yeh definately. theres usually a weird or quirky best friend whos more interesting than them
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 10/8/06 - 11:44:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
They are the most perfect, least quirky.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 10/25/06 - 4:03:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really. The ones I've read so far the main characters are interesting.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/20/06 - 6:11:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
For the most part, yes. That goes for books, movies and TV shows as well.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 12/20/06 - 6:32:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wrote a whole essay on this a few months ago. The basic gist of it was that people tend not to favor main characters because they're personalities are so thoroughly explored in the given work of fiction, and thus nothing's left to the imagination of the readers/viewers, and also because people are less likely to pity them. With the supporting or minor characters, there's so much more open to speculation, and we might pity them for being cast into such minor roles.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 3/23/07 - 5:24:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
maybe in disney movies

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