When I was in middle school, one of the boys had a shaggy green mohawk that flopped over the sides of his shaved head. To this day I remember him. He stood out in my mind.
The characters in our novels should stand out from other characters if we are to leave an impression on readers. Dory from Finding Nemo was so beloved they decided to make another movie based on this character.
What can we learn from Dory? Let’s take a peak:
Isn’t the tiny Dory adorable, too?
3 Tips To Showcase A Likable Character From Finding Dory:
- Make the character’s flaw endearing. Notice how Dory’s inability to remember things in this early clip makes her look cute, not annoying. It is important to show flaws in a positive light for readers to love a character in spite of, or even because of their flaws.
- Make the character’s flaw something we can relate to. In the case of Dory, she struggles with short term memory loss. This is a common problem for many elderly and also those who have been through a traumatic brain injury. It is something that we can relate to as we see it happen to those around us and we are empathetic because of the difficulty it can cause in their lives.
- Show the character trying to overcome their flaws. Dory is trying to practice what to do in order to overcome her struggle with short term memory. For her, making friends might be difficult because she just can’t remember who they are and that can have a crushing impact on her relationships. To overcome this, she is practicing how to play with other children.
Characters who stick out in our memories leave lasting impressions. Try these 3 Tips To Showcase A Likable Character From Finding Dory in your novel.