16. Don’t Hate your Characters
DON’T HATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS:
“Fall in love with all your characters. We often see films with a cast of excellent characters . . . except one, who's dreadful. We wonder why until we realize that the writer hates this character. He's trivializing and insulting this role at every opportunity. And I'll never understand this. How can a writer hate his own character? It's his baby. How can he hate what he gave life? Embrace all your creations, especially the bad people. They deserve love like everyone else” (383-385 McKee). “If you can't love them, don't write them. On the other hand, permit neither your empathy nor antipathy for a character to produce melodrama or stereotype. Love them all without losing your clearheadedness” (385-386 McKee).
It is good to hate and trivialize your antagonists F