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Sometimes there’s a hero who is even darker than an anti-hero. This character is amoral or morally challenged. In fact, he or she is usually a psychopath.
It is fascinating to read a book with this type of protagonist. When the author gets it right, you will find yourself rooting for a criminal.
We found this article on io9.com and we thought they came up with some great ideas to get your readers on this type of character’s side.
Nine ways to make readers care:
- Make their ends noble even if their means are evil.
- Ensure there is a line even they won’t cross.
- Give them someone or something they care about.
- Show us how they lost their moral compass.
- Make everyone else worse than they are.
- Give them a sense of humour.
- Make them lose.
- Falsely accuse them of worse crimes.
- Make everyone hate them.
Examples of books with amoral protagonist:
- The Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay. Dexter is a serial killer, but he is different because he only kills other killers.
- The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Tom Ripley wants to be wealthy and he kills a rich friend to gain access to his monthly trust fund cheques. There is something charming about him and we root for him as he evades capture. The rich friends are often worse than Tom himself.
- The Book of Evidence by John Banville. Freddie Montgomery’s wife and child are held as collateral when a debt comes due. He returns to Ireland to steal a painting and accidentally kills a girl in the process. He goes on the run, but he truly believes he has done nothing wrong.
Read the full article here: 10 Ways to Make Everyone Root for Your Amoral Protagonist
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