How to write the mean girl character

Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Blue9, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. BayView

    BayView Contributor Contributor

    Sep 6, 2014
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    The nature of NPD is that the person doesn't want to behave differently. It's like saying an addict could quit drinking anytime she wanted... she could, if she, in the moment, wanted to. But while the addict might not want to be addict, the addict very much wants to have the drink. Similarly, the person with NPD might wish he didn't have NPD, but he does want to do the behaviours associated with NPD, because... he has NPD.
  2. Azuresun

    Azuresun Senior Member

    Mar 25, 2017
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    Pretty much, and that's why I'm very uncomfortable with the notion than any mental condition can just be shrugged off if you have enough willpower--even if it's true once in a blue moon, it's unhelpful for the majority of people with that condition. That, and it sounds like (for some reason) AA is overly fixated on narcissm as the only possible reason someone might be a bully or mean to someone.
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  3. Maggie May

    Maggie May Member

    Jan 9, 2018
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    Some great comments here, however I had to go back to the original question. It does not have to be a "mean girl", it can be someone that hates your MC. Don't stereotype her into that "mean girl" bully.... It could be more interesting that you have two characters that do not like each other, you've listed jealousy as a reason, how about giving it more depth that under the jealousy is something else that is driving the hate. Could be a slight, a comment an action or actually someone else that is feeding the hate between the two. Just a thought.
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  4. Darius Marley

    Darius Marley New Member

    Jan 2, 2019
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    The typical mean girl has something valuable to flaunt. Beauty, wealth, intelligence, famous parents, etc... but if the character is truly devious, then she might have been able to manufacture a desirable quality. Suddenly, the MC's legitimate success threatens to expose it. Uh-oh!
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  5. MusingWordsmith

    MusingWordsmith Lively Fred

    Oct 13, 2016
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    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    You know to build on this, possibly neither one of them are 'popular'? The mean girl could be someone on the lower rungs of the social ladder- but despite a shared plight something about the MC makes her angry and instead of befriending her she turns around and lashes out.
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