May 01, 2012 · Because he was a minor character, that was exactly what he needed to be. Likewise, in your stories you need to realize that your minor characters should not be deeply and carefully characterized. Like flashbulbs, they need to shine once, brightly, and then get tossed away.
- Types of Fictional Characters
- A Closer Look at Major and Minor Characters
- How to Make Minor Characters Memorable
Not all characters in a novelare created equal. Some are important to the story and will demand a great deal of your time and attention as you create them. Others might appear in just a single scene. A typical novel contains dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of characters. But few of them will be significant enough to command much of the writer’s time and attention. In order of importance, there are four main types of character… 1. The Protagonist 2. Other Major Characters 3. Minor Characters 4. Extras Let’s look at them one by one…
Having described the four types of character, I can now reduce them to just two broad types: majors and minors… 1. The major characters are the small handful of principal players in your novel, the protagonist included. 2. Everyone else – except for the extras, who really don’t count – will be minor characters. In a nutshell, the single biggest difference between them is that major characters are three-dimensional and minor characters only two-dimensional. Or to put it another way, major characters are round characters and minors are flat. Let’s finish by looking at each type in more detail… It’s a common misconception that round characters are a good thing in novels and that flat characters (also known as “cardboard” characters) are bad. The truth is that you need bothtypes in a novel.
You won’t want all of your minor characters to be vivid. Most of them should be little more than extras. But it’s a good idea to take one or two of your minor characters and make them stand out. How? Through exaggeration. If flat characters are defined by a single character trait, simply take that trait and magnify it tenfold. For example, don’t just make the shop assistant rude to the customers, make her spectacularlyrude… 1. If a customer doesn’t wipe their feet, she has a go at them for traipsing mud through her shop. 2. If they don’t have the right change, she sighs and curses under her breath as she rakes through the till. 3. Anytime a customer wants help, it’s alwaystoo much trouble. 4. Oh, and to really make sure that the reader won’t forget her, she always dresses totally in black and wears an oversized crucifix. Do everything you can to make her vivid, even comic – but don’t turn her into a round character. Her stereotype is “rude shop assistant,” and that is how she must s...
Jul 01, 1999 · However, Minor Characters is, predominantly, a memoir about an unremarkable young woman. Bear in mind, Johnson doesn't meet Kerouac until halfway through the book. I found much of the content about Joyce's childhood/adolescence incredibly tedious. Also, it's only a part memoir.
Joyce Johnson's eight books include the 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award winner Minor Characters, the recent memoir Missing Men, the novel In the Night Cafe, and Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters 1957-1958 (with Jack Kerouac). She has written for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and lives in New York City.
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Italicized characters are considered extremely minor Watterson family Gumball • Darwin • Anais • Nicole • Richard • Granny Jojo • Louie • Evil Turtle (family pet) • Frankie
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Answer: A minor character is a character who has a name and does stuff that contributes to the plot, but they aren’t the main characters. The first example I could think of was Kelsi from High School Musical. Troy and Gabriella are the main characters in High School Musical. Chad, Sharpay, and Ry...
Minor characters. These pages are for characters that appear in the series, but do not have a name and/or complete description, and play some significance to the plot of the story they appear in.