I have two questions. One is about the realistic aspects of the MC’s reaction. The other is about whether or not to make a side character a co-MC. Question 1: To explain my story, it’s a YA, contemporary, paranormalish-something. (The only thing I can come up with in comparison is Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Shroeder) I’m really excited to get started, as I finally finished the plot. However, I am caught up on trying to figure out my female MC and her older sister’s personalities and how they play into the plot. For the first half of the story, the MC is clueless that her sister is jealous of her. ----> First, I want to ask just for some opinion to get some discussion on possibilities of how this would manifest--is that realistic? I’ve known quite a few clueless people, or clueless seeming people. (No judgement there, I love these people.) Anyways, I imagine that the MC is so busy trying to hide her hurt from the main plot issues and dealing with other things going on, she doesn’t even register that her sister’s mean behavior is, in fact, jealousy. The jealousy will be a main hindrance for the character’s movement forward, because she needs her sister’s understanding and their common childhood experiences to move past what is happening. If interested, I have a plot issue question about this story, too—here. ---->Well, I post this because being clueless about anything can be annoying as a reader. I obviously want my character to be likeable. I am interested if anyone has any ideas on how this oblivion could play out in a way that doesn’t make the MC seem terribly unlikable. Lol, you still with me? Question 2: (I'm not sure if this would be considered a plot question, because it is about the characters? But, it's also about the way the plot plays out.) Okay, so my MC’s older sister feels like the MC stole her friends when they were younger. She feels like the MC weaseled herself into the sister’s group of friends, as they now have assumed her as a regular part of their activities for years--which feeds the jealousy thing. The sister is very observational (unlike the MC). But, she doesn’t like to talk about what she sees (which are main plot issues!), because she feels like her parents won’t listen, and her sister is too busy with her own crap to act like she cares what the older sister thinks. ---->Is it cheap to have a side character (the older sister) come in and save the day by producing a key plot object, because her story arc eventually allows her to forgive her sister, the actual MC? Of course, for the MC to not be cheap, she has to develop enough to be able to be aware of the sister's hurt feelings, right? Would the sister need to become a co-main character? Probably, right? To make the reader believe she would come and help. I hadn’t thought of her as more than just a side character, but now I'm not sure what to do. I just want to get some opinion on this, as I’ve not really done multiple main characters before. I've heard of the 'head-hopping' annoyance, but not sure how to avoid that..? Thanks in advance! I wasn't sure how to separate this, so just put it all in the characterization forum.