Hi guys, as you can see, I'm thinking about characterization. I want to know what you think makes a truly compelling character. Thinking about characters that I've seen, I've noticed that some had really tragic or emotionally-triggering back-stories that fueled them and help to shape them while others had simpler back-stories but a stronger goal/motivation. Those were the original choices, but I want to open up the discussion. So what are your thoughts? Is an emotional back-story essential to a compelling character, or is it better to have a stronger "current" motivation? What else makes a character compelling? How about the relationships they form: do they help you feel like part of the story? All thoughts are welcome!