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I'm writing a story, and I want the readers to love and hate this character all at once. How can I do that?

I'm writing a story, and I want the readers to love and hate this character all at once. How can I do that? Topic: How to write about the author examples
June 20, 2019 / By Onndria
Question: The character is the main character's boyfriend. In the beginning, people would've hated him. A lot. But now that we see him with the main character a lot and away from the stress, it seems like the readers loving him is outweighing their hate for him. How can I make it so that it's a little bit of both? I don't want them to pity him. Like I said, I want someone you love and hate all at once. For instance, if you think someone is a jerk but there is still something you like about them.
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Magdalen Magdalen | 9 days ago
Have you ever read Gone With the Wind? I ask because the character of Scarlett O'Hara is a perfect example of an author masterfully accomplishing just what you're trying to do. I think the key to it is making sure that the reader can understand exactly why he makes the choices he does, but is still able to see that other, better, or kinder, choices could have been made as well. You'll need to be kind of careful about it. I mean, you can't have him go out and beat up random old ladies and then blame it on his childhood. It has to be human enough for most of us to be able to see ourselves doing the same thing if we let our self interest override our ethics. You also need to make sure that there are at least a couple of truly endearing personality traits to this character. I'm not sure if I was helpful at all but I found your question interesting and wanted to give it a shot. Good luck with your writing.
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Magdalen Originally Answered: Help with my love/hate story?
Hey there! I like your idea and you could do wonders with it. My first suggestion to you would be: you can recall a time when you faced a situation like that or when a person you know has. When you make personal connections with yourself while writing, you not only write effectively with creativity but also think outside the box. So try doing that. And for this fight that your two lovely characters would be fighting about would probably be something like this...One Saturday night the boy had asked the girl if she was doing anything that night so that they could go watch a movie. But the girl said that she had a huge biology test and couldn't make it. The boy, on the other hand, is friends with he girl's best friend too so he asks her and they go to the movie's together. Now the next day at school after she takes her test that she was confident she did well on and with the happiness all around her there are rumors that her best friend is dating this boy which leads to their huge fight. What do you think about that? Maybe you could make it much more dramatic by making their personalities different ( your two main characters). Perhaps they might love each other dearly but either the boy/girl is jealous of the other in some way. Or maybe you could start your story from one of their perspectives and write about how they feel..Like this: If you started with the girl's point of view you can write about how she feels about him, when they first met, or from the scene of her answering the boy's call. Hope I helped. Good Luck with the brainstorming and Writing! :)
Magdalen Originally Answered: Help with my love/hate story?
There are many things they could be fighting over. Try to google this question and I'm sure you will get a ton of answers. I, however, can give you a few reasons myself. Maybe she thinks the guy is cheating on her. Maybe the guy thinks she's cheating on him. One of them might have a drinking problem and probably doesn't like having to "baby" the other. Well hope this helped in a way. It was all I could think of. Good luck with your story! :) And Like I said your best bet is google. Well have fun :)
Magdalen Originally Answered: Help with my love/hate story?
~One of them is going out of town for a while ~They're fighting about labeling their relationship ~They're fighting about being in a love/hate relationship

Kerry Kerry
Role reversal make the reader either pity him, empathise with him, or sympathise with him. Show them his true intentions - you don't feel so bad for a bully if you realise he gets beaten at home. Or make him change his ways, or do something really heroic. Some other reason apart from the obvious whcih makes us see he's not that horrible. It's what Heroes does all the time - subverts our usual conceptions of good and evil, making us realise we don't actually know what good and evil are any more, these are just normative characteristics we apply to certain actions without thought. That's why Heroes is such a good show.
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Kerry Originally Answered: Help with naming a character in a story i'm writing?
I'm a writer too! lol. ummm. . . . these are what the names reminds me of. . . Chelsea St.James- overly smart, nice, but people feel threatened by her IQ. Class president, honor roll, tutor, student govt, student council etc etc. Kayla Queens- Beauty queen, thinks she's better than everyone, popular but mean. aka like Regina on mean girls. Reese Kitson- Shy, bookworm, loves photography, works for the school newspaper, loves the QB but he doesn't notice her. *SIGH* lol.
Kerry Originally Answered: Help with naming a character in a story i'm writing?
I like Kayla spelled Kaila or Cayla. Last name could be McKinnis Chelsea Anderson Reese Eells Some other suggestions could be Blayre Emily, Serena Kristine, Katherine Noelle, Emmery Nicole, Kinley Renee. Good Luck!!!

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