5.2.1 Enriching stereotypes
Recalling the real life characters in our video Keeping track of useful details, do any of these suggest a stereotype to you?
If so, can you think of a way in which you might develop such characters beyond stereotype?
Novakovich suggests that showing the contradictions in characters is one way of making them ‘round’. Taking a stereotype and portraying it in a way that goes against the usual expectations is an effective way of making them more complex.
- the bullying headmaster with a tender sentimental side
- the meticulous manager who lives in a messy house
- the shy librarian who goes bungee-jumping
- the habitual flirt who avoids relationships.