1. Ryan Elder

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    Switching protagonists partway through..?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Ryan Elder, Dec 20, 2016.

    Basically for my story, I have rewritten a the last third so it the antagonist becomes the protagonist. Mostly I had trouble figuring out what do with the protagonist for the last third and how to raise the steaks for him in the last third. He kept getting painted into a corner, I couldn't get him out of.

    However, if I make the antagonist the central focus for the last third, then he gets painted into a a corner by the former protagonist, and he is the one, who is painted into a corner instead. But since he is the villain, and I want the villain to loose, he doesn't to escape the corner he is painted into. He can try, but fail and fall, instead of succeed, and then it's the end.

    I feel this is much better and feels a lot more natural rather than trying to force more obstacles on the first protagonist, for the last third, and just naturally give him the upper hand over the villain, and let the villain deal with his new obstacles, and have him be the main focus and drive. But what do you think? Would readers become jarred if they have to switch who they are focusing on more, or can it be a natural switch, if done right?
     
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    Well, depends on the likability of the former antagonist. You need to switch right so that readers do not take time to adjust, and make sure that the former antagonist is not uninteresting, but rather different and likable (for the antagonist). Personally, I think this would be a great, but risky idea as readers may not be able to adjust if done even the slightest bit wrong. However, if done right, readers will love your piece of work and how different it was to everything else they have read.
     
  3. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Potatoes again? Supporter Contributor

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    Yup, the lovable serial rapist, run with it!
     
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    Switching to the perspective of the antagonist could also reveal a few things. Also, a serial rapist could be an interesting switch. Incredibly risky but it may work, given if they are interesting enough
     
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    Take a look at the other 196 threads on this story to get an idea where things are coming from.

    https://www.writingforums.org/search/4995523/
     
  6. Ryan Elder

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    It looks like the third paragraphs of the OPs aren't identical, so I'm guessing you posted one but didn't realize it, then edited and posted for what you thought was the first time?
     
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    Maybe, I'm not sure how the thread got posted again. Either way, sorry about that people. I didn't mean for that to happen.
     
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    Maybe? Can you not read? The third paragraphs are different. You posted two different threads, that's how two different threads got posted, not
    But, you did mean for this to happen. You wrote two separate threads, at separate times, then you posted two separate threads. This isn't rocket science, it's typing and clicking a 'post' button.

    It's a screenplay.
     
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    Okay thanks. I edited the third paragraph before, not but sure how it got reposted, as I just meant to edit it.
     
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    WTF are you talking about, switching protags...? Get a grip, man!
    Don't kill off your protagonist. Big mistake.
     
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    By using the word 'rewritten' you give the impression that you actually wrote something in the first place.

    I find this highly dubious, especially as far as the third act.
     
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    Hes not talking about killing off his protagonist, he's talking about switching heads - that isnt always a bad idea except that

    a) Ryan's antagonist is a deeply unlikeable serial rapist , and
    b) this is screen play so he won't be in one head anyway ... a lot of films show both the good guy and the bad guy doing stuff so its not exactly revolutionary
     

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