2 Tips To Believably Show Relationship Depth Between Characters From Castle – Part 1

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Get my characters to show that they really like each other and their relationship is growing in the short time span of a novel, are you kidding me?

Maybe you have asked this question a time or two as you are trying to show the developing relationship between characters.

Getting our characters to show secrets about themselves that build on the depth of the relationship between them is sometimes tricky, but oh so important.

Whether you are writing about the friendships between two characters or a romance, the growth of this friendship throughout the course of the novel keeps us vitally engaged in story. How exactly do we do this? A few tips I learned from the hit TV series Castle.

In case you are unfamiliar with the series, here is a short trailer to give you an idea for the characters before we look at the tips:

2 Tips To Believable Show Relationship Depth Between Characters From “Castle” (Part 1):

1. Castle Clever Old Date Tells AllSo, the hero and heroine have just met a few episodes ago. The savvy Detective Beckett acts as if she can’t stand famous author Richard Castle, but she secretly loves his novels and is on his fan page all of the time. Still, it is so fun to see the two spar on the screen. As the season continues on, the series writer wants to reveal that secretly Beckett has always been a die hard fan.

How can the viewer enjoy the revealing of this tidbit of information? We don’t exactly want to see her sitting at home in her pajamas surfing his website and reading his books. It would give us a hint, but not as clearly as we need to feel the depth of this fan craze of hers.

In season 1, episode 9 the series writer brings Kate Beckett’s former FBI boyfriend back to town. Of course there is the whole competitive males wanting the girl, but thrown in for good measure the former boyfriend says just how much Kate likes Castle in a way only a character like that could show.

The ex-boyfriend and Kate are in the car waiting for a ransom drop to go down. Here is a brief clip of their conversation.

Ex-boyfriend: “If only he knew how big of fan you are.” 

Kate: “Yeah. Well, he’s not going to know.”

Ex-boyfriend:  “Did you ever tell him how you waited in line for over an hour just to get your book signed, how his novels got you through your mother’s death?”

Kate:  “Is there anything you don’t remember?”

Ex-boyfriend:  “Not when it comes to you.”

In just this short segment of dialogue we learn just how much of a fan of Castle, Kate Beckett really is and still feel the tug of the romance between these two characters. 

(Stop back later this week for Part 2)

What is your favorite book or TV show for the dialogue that gives character insight?

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5 thoughts on “2 Tips To Believably Show Relationship Depth Between Characters From Castle – Part 1

  1. jackielayton says:

    I love Castle and think they’ve done a great job. JAG was another show where it took forever for them to get together.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      JAG had some great dialogue, too! Castle is a fun new one I’m trying now that there are several seasons out. Sometimes it helps me a lot to watch them back to back because it helps me to see the character arc.

  2. Love this!! Of course, you know Nick is based on Castle, right? :-)

  3. […] first tip I shared earlier this week in Part 1 of this blog topic, when we looked at showing the depth of the fan craze Beckett has for […]

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