I have a question for all of you readers, writers, and TV-watchers out there. What is it, do you think, that makes you actually care about a character?
I ask, because I recently finished a book, and realized that I have little curiosity to see what happens to the characters in the sequel. The book was written well enough. The pacing was good. There was a definite problem that needed solving. But in the end, I didn’t have any particular attachment to any of the characters.
How is it that some books and movies immediately make you sympathize with the characters, while others leave you shrugging? I’m going to reference Harry Potter here, because it’s a great example of a story in which each character has a very distinct personality. There are no 2D characters in the Harry Potter series. I cared about them all, and that’s why I stuck with them for seven books. Not only did I care about the dream team, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but I also cared about the professors, the Dursley’s, and the entire Quidditch team. How, I must ask, is it done?
When I write, I would like readers to wonder what happens next. What are your thoughts? Any suggestions?