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1st Sep 2012, 6:00 AM
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A Fire Within
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Newbiespud 1st Sep 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
If I might paraphrase a little bit from STORY by Robert McKee...

Good characters in writing are said to have "dimensions." What is that, exactly? Just having a laundry list of random character traits (collects stamps, failed high-school French, only buys wheat bread, etc.) isn't enough to make an interesting character.

Simply put, a character dimension is a spectrum between two opposed qualities. The story's events cause the character to respond on both ends of the spectrum, allowing the audience to see the same character from multiple angles (hence, "dimension").

Rarity's primary character dimension is obvious: Her generosity versus her greed. Earning gratitude from her friends (Suited For Success) inspires her to act generously, while lucrative social/business opportunities (Sweet and Elite) appeals to her greed. Same character, contradictory responses in different situations. Interesting character.

Over the course of the series, Fluttershy has slowly revealed a character dimension of her own: Her meekness versus her assertiveness. In Putting Your Hoof Down, the writers of the show pushed that spectrum to further extremes than ever before, resulting in an expanded frame of reference for her character.

I could go on, but suffice to say I'm always impressed by the writing on this show.


Raxon 1st Sep 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
Digo 1st Sep 2012, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Oh yes, I love that about Fluttershy's character. That even a meek pony can bring out a raging fire of determination and bravado ^_^
darkwulf23 1st Sep 2012, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Let's get dangerous
Raxon 1st Sep 2012, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
And the preceding line was "I dunno, F.S., isn't that dangerous?"
nekollx 1st Sep 2012, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
of couse now i'm remind of my Left 4 Duck Fan fic where Darkwing has to fight his way through zombie hordes on his quect to find and rescue Goslyn
Digo 2nd Sep 2012, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
"Looks like I'm gonna have to juuuump!"
Umiyuri Papaeyra 1st Sep 2012, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Umiyuri Papaeyra
Cthulhu_Inc 1st Sep 2012, 6:35 AM edit delete