Definition: having an aura of allure and fascination; a showy attractiveness
Characters in Literature and Pop Culture: Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace
Common Portrayals: actors, models, royalty, the wealthy, rock stars, beauty queens
Clichés to Avoid: the criminally bored young heir or heiress; the glamorous character who takes pity on a hopeless cause and makes her over into someone fabulous; the washed-up actress or model who clings to her glamor via plastic surgery and inappropriate clothing
Twists on the Traditional Glamorous Character:
- Glamorous characters are almost always wealthy. But what about a poor or working class character who achieves glamor through little means? (Pretty in Pink style)
- Or, to twist the cliché the other direction, create a wealthy character with absolutely no style or fashion whatsoever.
- People usually work so hard at being glamorous because of their need to live up to others’ expectations, being driven to keep up with the Joneses, or a desire to appear more “together” than they really are. Try changing the motivation to put a twist on the glamorous character.
Build a worthy protagonist with a mix of unique strengths that will help him overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful goals.
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