Don’t you just love Charlie Brown? Peanuts is a fan favorite that captures the audience attention especially at holidays. I wouldn’t think of missing the Charlie Brown Christmas episode each year.
So what is it about Charlie Brown and the Peanuts cast that makes us keep coming back for more? We can learn a lot from Charlie Brown like how to cast a strong hero/heroine in our novels.
5 Tips To Building A Strong Character:
1. Make the reader identify with them. Charlie Brown always struggles with being bad at football, conflicted about life and feels like a looser. We can all identify with that sometimes. Notice also that Charlie Brown’s match to the reader identity is in an area of his vulnerability.
2. Make them heroic. I still remember the time as a child when I watched the Charlie Brown Christmas episode for the first time. Charlie Brown saved the little tree and saw it’s potential, even though it seemed pathetic to everyone else. That made Charlie Brown heroic and us viewers like him more.
3. Cast a character that showcases their weakness. Lucy often points out Charlie Brown’s flaws and failures. She showcases his challenges. A character that frustrates our hero/heroine makes us want to root for them. After all, haven’t we all had people who made us crazy?
4. Cast a character that is opposite in personality. Charlie Brown is rather deadpan in his personality, but along comes Snoopy. Snoopy is the quirky, impulsive opposite to Charlie Brown. Snoopy’s opposite personality makes Charlie Brown stand out more.
5. Give them true friends who bring them success. If Charlie Brown portrayed a weak and pathetic character with no friends, we would almost think he is too flawed to like. Linus comes along and gives Charlie Brown wisdom and friendship. Linus obvious likes Charlie Brown and that makes us want to like him, too.
What do you love most about Charlie Brown?