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The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar
I was going for the polar opposite of Hercules, taking every descriptor and looking for its opposite. But yes, I guess monster would work. Bit cliche, though, innit? It's what people expect, what with Hercules having fought all the monsters. The reason I ask is because I'm writing something with a Herculean character... except she's actually a girl (was tired of guy heroes all of the times forever); in this case, since I'm thinking the opposite of descriptors, "weak guy" is what came to mind, and I really couldn't think of a way in which any opposite of Hercules would be a compelling person. Having her encounter a strong man (Hera/Hippolyta) simply wouldn't be interesting. I've already got certain types of odd characters to mess with, including a king felled by his own hubris (because aww yeah dat hubris, son) whose folly got his son turned into a monster, but I was thinking... straight-up opposite. The impulsiveness, though... that would work quite well. Good post.

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