SE Podcast #13: Writing Virtuous Protagonists without Turning Off Readers

July 20, 2019

Last month we discussed how to create flawed protagonists without chasing readers away. Today Josiah DeGraaf, Hope Ann, and Brandon Miller tackle the other end of the spectrum—how to effectively write virtuous protagonists. They share their favorite examples of virtuous protagonists and explore what prevented them from being annoying.



What’s your favorite example of a virtuous character who didn’t irritate you as a reader? Let us know in the comments!

1 Comment

  1. Kelly Lundgren

    I have to disagree a bit with Josiah on this one, I think Civil War didn’t highlight a “new flaw” or arrogance so much as Steve Roger’s inherent stubbornness (which we’ve seen since the first film), his loyalty to his friends, and his love for freedom. Usually, the last two are his crowning virtues, but in Civil War they’re turned into failing points.
    Civil War (for me) showcases that he actually doesn’t know what he’s doing, and that he knows it. He’s knocked off his feet time and time again through the movie; by first the Slokovia accords, then the love of his life’s death, then his best friend getting a death sentence placed on his head for something Steve is sure he didn’t do… After all that Steve’s just scrambling for a way to try and pick up this whole mess and put his life back together, but he can’t. Why? Because there’s people in power who want to shut him up and force him to stop doing what he’s always done; standing for what he believes.

    Not that it makes him more likable- but that film wasn’t especially aiming to make any of them likable. 😅


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