Red Planet prize co-founder Danny Stack on “Irony of Character”

Nice short article over here from Danny Stack talking about “Irony of character”. This is, at it’s simplest, having some trait of the character in conflict with the situation they are in. Danny gives the example of Life on Mars, politically correct 21st century cop finds himself in un-PC 1970s. This also happens in sitcoms, eg Lister the spacebum is the last surviving human navigating deep space in Red Dwarf or Captain Mainwaring’s grandiose ambitions vs the reality of his home guard platoon in Dad’s Army.

This technique increases character driven conflict and story lines will arise more “naturally” than if external agents have to turn up and cause mayhem (or mild irritation depending on the show) every week. Yet another character/plot tip worth remembering.

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