What to do with Flawed Characters

January 31, 2015

I like writing flawed characters and Stolen Dreams is chock full of them. They are so much more interesting to write than Prince Charming. I have read that many actors like playing villains and see them as parts they can get their teeth into. The hero – pah – boring boring. Even better if you can be the hero and the villain with the character. Even kids’ movies have picked that trope. I can think of two films where Prince Charming really wasn’t. Mine aren’t so much heroes and/or villains but people who make wrong/stupid/disastrous decisions in their lives and have to answer for the consequences.

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Question 3: Name a movie where the Prince Charming was not a nice guy at all. I know this is a difficult one so feel free to tell your favourite villain as an alternative.



Elroy throwing coffee over Ed and Jase was kind of inevitable. After all, it was spillage number three, and Morgan had totally just jinxed the situation. Numbly resigned, Morgan stood back and watched the drama unfold as the two men stood in the middle of MC’s, gasping as they were covered in hot, milky coffee.

Elroy looked horrified as he clutched his empty cup. As he had turned to speak to Jase and Ed, he had tripped over a bag left near the counter. “Fuck me. I am so sorry, guys!”

“Elroy, here.” Marilyn threw him a damp cloth, and Elroy attempted to pat the coffee off Ed’s face and clothing.

“Get off me.” Ed flailed his arms, trying to escape Elroy’s ministrations.

“I think we’re going to need the mop, Marilyn, and a fresh towel for Jase.” Elroy turned to catch the cloth from the barista. As he turned back, he winked at Morgan.

7 Responses to “What to do with Flawed Characters”

  1. Angela says:

    I think there was a villain prince charming in Shrek 2 and Shrek the third.

  2. Debra E says:

    That is tough! Maybe Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, but it’s been a long time since I read it or saw the movie so I could be remembering wrong.

  3. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I could only think of the Prince Charming in Shrek as well, I don’t go to the movies last time I went was in 1997!

  4. Denise Dechene says:

    If you think of Prince Charming as the guy who gets the girl, I think of Big in Sex in the City. He could be a big douche.

  5. Denise Dechene says:

    Sometimes your mood calls for the perfect prince charming, then the read is less complicated. Other times you need that flawed character in order to feel, to release your own feelings and demons

  6. Trix says:

    I haven’t seen the movie adaptation of INTO THE WOODS, but the Prince’s line “I was raised to be charming, not sincere” in the original musical really stuck with me. Both princes are pretty jerky, as a matter of fact…

  7. H.B. says:

    Can we name tv shows? Snow White’s prince can kind of be considered a not very nice guy considering how he really became prince. The Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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