What the hell is good characterization? And what the hell is good writing for that matter? I'm not just talking books either. Some people I know can just watch a film or play a game and know almost instinctively that it was poorly written or poorly characterized. These people never tell me what it means for a story to be well written or well characterized. I've asked numerous times and multiple people and no one seems to know. It's like these people have access to information that is withheld from me. This lack of knowledge in this area has haunted me for a long time. How do I tell if a character is well written? There isn't even an article about this that I could find on google. Is everyone supposed to instinctively know?