Definition: marked by a desire to investigate and learn
Characters in Literature: Alice (in Wonderland), Curious George, Harriet (the Spy)
Common Portrayals: scientists, inventors, children
Clichés to Avoid: the feeble minded but good hearted bumbler who finds everything interesting; the child who repeatedly asks “why?”, the eccentric scientist
Twists on the Traditional Curious Character:
▪ Curiosity is usually displayed as a childish characteristic. What about a competent adult with a childlike curiosity about the world or a particular topic?
▪ Curious characters are usually somewhat awkward or socially backward and so are often cast as secondary characters. How about a curious hero? Or a curious villain who’s motivated by his need to know?
▪ Those who are curious usually love to share their knowledge with others. Why not create a curious character who is secretive and selfish with his findings–maybe one who’s curiosity is a means to a conniving end?
Build a worthy protagonist with a mix of unique strengths that will help him overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful goals.
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