I've just started to write my first book, and it hasn't brough many problems - then again, I just finished the second chapter. I have only stated five characters, three of which are main characters and/or have a lot of personality in the book. I simply want to know how everyone characterizes: Are most of your characters stereotypical, realistic, or complex? The main character is obviously in the realistic/complex area, but about the rest? Stereotypical - When your character can be described in one word. "Dumb." "Nerd." "Mischievous." "Random." All those words can become a single person. This method is used mainly for comical effect, simply because the read can't take these characters seriously. Realistic - When your character reacts the exact same way the "average" human being would, you have a realistic character. They are relatable. They are not over the top, and are described just enough so that they don't become complex. Most characters that are mentioned every once in a while can fall into this category because there is not enough characterization. Complex - When your character has emotions, feelings, opinion, and an original voice, the character is complex. Many times these characters are more relatable than the "Realistic" characters because a lot more is known about them. Most main characters fall into this. The character does not have to be normal, but there must be more than one side to them. I believe that depending on the story, the number of characters that fall into each category will change. A mystery book is more likely to have more stereotypical characters than realistic characters because of the limited number of characters (no room for realistic) and room for over-the-top characters. Even the main character won't be complex because there isn't much that is needed to say about them. On the other hand, a romance will have a larger number of complex characters, because these stories are full of voice, poit of views, etcetera. So yeah, I could ramble on but I would like to hear everyone's thoughts. Thank you.