reason to love judy

The 5 Elements of a LIKABLE Main Character

“I don’t like your main character. He’s kind of obnoxious.” my beta reader laughingly told me, after reading the first chapter of my novel.

On the surface, I looked like this: 

Inside, I looked like this: 

Aloud, I said “Oh, well, he’s kind of hard to understand. He changes by the end.”

Inside, I screamed “How could you not like him?! Do you have a heart?! Is there a void where your soul should be?! Are you actually a Dementor that’s really good at makeup? Well, I guess this is what the Dementors are doing after getting kicked out of Azkaban!”

Outside: “But I really enjoyed it!” *Hugs between broken writer and Dementor in disguise* “Thank you for reading!" 

But you know what? That person that might be a soul-sucking cloaked demon creature? They were right. The character was unlikable, or more accurately, there was no reason to cheer him on. There was nothing to make the reader connect with him, relate to him, transfer themselves into his story, feel affection towards him. 

And if the reader doesn’t connect with the character through empathy? Nothing else in the story can work. Everything relies on this one fictional person. The basic definition of story is "A flawed hero with a goal overcoming obstacles to reach that goal, and how that journey changes them.” So without character, you don’t have story. Without empathy from the reader, you don’t even have character. 

So what is empathy when it comes to characters? 

It’s the process of a reader transferring their own lives onto the character. When this happens, the character’s goal and inner desires, values and weaknesses, everything about them, become proxies for our own. We learn of a shared piece of human nature between us, something we have in common on a significant inner level, and suddenly we want to see this character succeed. Because now, they are us – and we want to see ourselves succeed in real life. We feel what they feel, we experience what they experience.  

The best way to sum up character empathy in my opinion, is this quote from C.S.Lewis: “Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another ‘Really? You too? I thought I was the only one!’”

That’s empathy. 

Which doesn’t mean the character has to be an angelic little cherub …

There are characters that operate in a moral gray area, there are characters that are downright awful, there are characters that shouldn’t be lovable …but we love them. So this is NOT saying that a main character has to be a perfect angel that rescues baby squirrels when they’re not busy volunteering at the local soup kitchen, it just means there’s something WORTHWHILE in the character that persuades the reader to stick around. We need a reason to relate with that at-first-glance unlikable character. Just as we have flawed people in our own lives who we can forgive and love.

A good quote for this one would be this, by G.K.Chesterton: “That’s the great lesson of Beauty and the Beast; that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

So how does a writer accomplish a good empathetic connection?

Luckily for us, establishing this only takes a little planning in the beginning of the story. Certain elements foster empathy, elements which you can give to your character and display in the story. Making sure to incorporate a few of these will ensure that first connection between reader and character. A connection which you, the author, will then be able to grow. It’s this tiny first note of shared humanity which deepens into those important links we hold with characters. We’re living people, they’re imagined and comprised of words on a page; yet these people can be friends to us, family, mentors, role models, and become some of the most influential people in our lives. 

And how does that begin? Evoking empathy. 

And how do you evoke empathy? Well here are the characteristics that human beings instinctively identify with and admire … 

– Courage (This is the one EVERY main character should possess. Gumption to pursue what they want separates main from background characters.)

– Humor (Wit charms us without fail.)

– Goal-Obsessed 

– Hard-working  

– Noble motivations

– Loving

– Loved by others

– Kind 

– Treated unfairly

– In imminent danger, physically

– In imminent danger, emotionally

– In a sorrowful situation

– Smart/Expert at something

– Suffering from psychological weakness  

– Haunted by something in their past

– Dissatisfied with current state of their life

– Lacking something like love, friendship, belonging, family, safety, freedom, etc

It’s a good plan to give your main character at least FIVE of these empathetic little “virtues.”

If this sounds like a resume, that’s kind of what it is. “Dear Potential Reader, I’m applying for the job of Main Character of this book series. I aspire to consume your every waking thought and drastically change your life, for better and worse.” It’s a diagram of the worthwhile traits of the hero, the characteristics that win us over, which promise the reader “If you follow my story, knowing me – and experiencing the story through me – will be well worth your time.”

These traits will be displayed in the set-up of the story, the first ten pages or so. But the story CANNOT stop to let the character exhibit these winning behaviors; the story must KEEP PROGRESSING, every empathetic element must be shown with a story reason for existing within a scene. Like exposition, empathy needs to be added in subtly, as the story motors onward, slipping into the reader’s knowledge without them noticing. If it’s a scene created for the express purpose of convincing the reader “This character is lovable! Love them! I said love them!” then it will be glaringly obvious and the reader will feel the exact opposite. (They’ll also feel that way about the author, incidentally.)

Now! How does this work? 

Harry Potter: 

Harry is the poster child for being treated unfairly. Yet in the face of the abusive treatment of his childhood, Harry is courageous. He does not succumb to the Dursley’s relentless campaign to stamp the magic out of him, and become a proper Dursley; though this would’ve won their approval, put him in their good graces, and made his life exponentially easier – but he didn’t do it. He knew they were wrong, knew what was right, and refused to become like them. So heck yes Sorting Hat, there is “plenty of courage, I see”. He was loved by his parents, by the three that dropped him off at his Aunt and Uncle’s, and by the majority of the Wizarding World. He’s also snarky, loving, and in constant danger. 

Judy Hopps: 

Every reason why we care about Judy is established in the first few scenes. She’s courageous. She’s funny. She’s loved by her parents. She’s motivated by noble values. Definitely goal oriented, hard working, and smart. She’s also in imminent danger, and being treated unfairly.

If we took out the pieces of the story meant to evoke our empathy, what would happen? 

Nobody would care. Judy Hopps would have been an annoying, smug, and consumed by ruthless ambition. Harry Potter would have ceased to exist because everything about him is empathetic. 

Establishing these early allows us to begin the process of temporarily transferring our lives into a story. Or in the case of some life-changing stories, not temporarily transferring, but letting them become part of our souls forever. 

Yup, having your story connect with a reader forever starts with just a little empathy. Pretty useful.

Oh, and speaking of souls, give me mine back, Dementor reader. I learned how to make people like my characters. Now you’re out of the Azkaban job and the beta reading job. 

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Reasons I love Megan Denise Fox.

Her passion for acting stemmed from the classic film The Wizard of Oz and it’s positively one of the cutest things, ever. She’s been saying she wanted to be an actress for most of her life from when she was very little. Recently she said she feels like she was an actress in a former life, determined to succeed this time in what she failed in her past life.

This will be my first Zootopia fanfiction. It’s a AU that takes place in the movie after Nick and Judy get off the cable car and talk about the traffic cams. But instead of going to Bellwether for help they go to Nick’s Family for help. My story will have a few movie references see if can spot them lol. Hope you all like it. Please let me know what you think in the comments.


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Nick’s Family.

Chapter 1


“ However, if you didn’t have access to the system before… I doubt Chief Buffalo Butt is gonna let you into it now” Nick said pointing out the realization.
“ No. You’re right Nick.” Judy said sounding disappointed.
“ Wait..a…minute… Maybe we don’t need the cams. I got something even better.” Nick said.
“ WHAT!?!” Judy said with smile and enthusiasm in her voice.
Nick with his chin hailed high and with confidence said “My family”.
Judy felt a little uncomfortable about meeting a family of foxes. Not really sure how they will be. But most of worried that they might be underground cyber criminals or worse.
“ Soooo Nick, where do they live?” Judy asked not wanting to beat around bush.
“ They live in a secret area in the Rainforest District, where only I know where it is.” Nick answering the curious bunny’s question.
Their cable car stop and got off. Judy following the fox’s lead, going wherever this secret place of Nick’s is.
The two continued to walk for awhile. “You see carrots, there is something I should tell you about my parents.” Nick said to Judy breaking the silence.
Upon hearing that Judy started thinking ’ Oh no, what did I get myself into? I’m I way over my head? Will this be worst then Mr.Big? ’ all these questions going on in Judy’s little bunny head. Being a bunny, her emotions and insecurities sometimes cloud her judgement her logic and plain commonsense, just reacting without thinking first. That is one flaw she always tries to overcome. Easier said then done. Must be a bunny thing?
Nick explained to her without looking at her “ Well, you see they can be a little loud and over bearing but they mean well. There like the greatest most nicest, kindest, and most unjudgmental creatures you will ever meet.”
Hearing that gave Judy a little relieve. But realised he said creatures instead of foxes.
“ Are they not foxes?” Judy asked.
Nick let out a sigh and answered “ No there not, they took me in and treated me like family. ”
Judy got a little confused and asked “What about you’re mother?” Nick stopped in his tracks when he heard her question.
“Nick…” Judy spoke worrying about Nick, thanking that was a little too personal.
“ Nick, you can tell me.” Judy reassuring the fox.
Nick took a deep breath and finally spoke. “ Well… I happened after the cub scouts incident. I came home with blood dripping down the sides of my face where they muzzled me and my uniform tore with tears in my eyes. I told her what happened and she was so mad. She wasn’t going to let them get away with it. She took me in her car, we were going back to that cub scouts meeting. She really wanted to give them a piece of her mind. As we were driving…” Nick cut off.
Judy notice Nick wasn’t letting her see his face but she knew this was tough for him to tell her. “ Nick, you don’t have to fin-”
Nick ignored her and continued. “ And a …drunk driver t-boned us. The car flipped over, I was knocked out. But when I woke, my head was hurting and covered in blood. Not my blood but….my mom’s.” Nick voice started choking up. “ I tryed to get her out, but I couldn’t move her. I smelled gas, she told me to save my self. I saw red and blue lights flashing. It was an ambulance and a police car helping the drunk driver in the other car. I ran over for help but they took one look at me, saw that I was a fox and didn’t care to help. I begged them to help my mom but they just spit at me. I grabbed the arm of the tiger police officer begging him to save my mom. But he pushed me to the ground and said ’ Fuck her, let the bitch die. One less fox in the world.’ He gave the most cruel and most hateful face I’d ever seen. Still haunts my dreams to this day. The car exploded, I - I… Heard mom my mom burning alive screaming. They just left us there, they let my mother die, because she was a fox. I was alone, I had to survive any way I can. Nobody cared about a fox. I almost starved to death, I was about to give up and waited for death’s embrace take me. But I woke up in a blanket, clean clothes and a bowl of soup. They saved Me, they home schooled me, showed me amazing things, they gave me a home and a reason to live, love and trust again.”
Judy had tears pouring down her cheeks, never truly knowing how much he has suffered for just being a fox.
“ Since being a fox, I couldn’t get a job or more like wasn’t allowed to. So I started hustling pawsicles to help my family. At least do what ever I can to help them for all they done for me. They have to stay in hiding, so I usually go out for them.” Nick finished with.
Judy felt a pool of guilt, thinking he was just some common criminal, but now knowing he’s only hustling to support his family.
Judy rushed over to him and embraced him with a hug, which was a surprise for Nick.
“What’s this?” Nick asked out of innocent curiosity.
“ Just thought you could use some comfort. Everyone can use a hug.” Judy replied with a heart felt smile.
“ Carrots I-”
* Clink CRASH*
Judy and Nick quickly turned to see were the noise was coming from. Seeing a huge shadow coming closer.
“ Carrots, what the Hell is that? ” Nick asked Judy in a trembling tone.
“ I don’t know?” Judy answered with an equally trembling tone.
Judy was only armed with only her fox repellent which she was about to reach for. But stopped herself, not wanting Nick to see it. Making her feel more guilty for not putting it away. Just grabbed a near by stick.
The big, round shadow came closer and closer till They saw glowing eyes, and heavy breathing.
“ THIS IS IT!!!” they both screamed as they charged at the shadow. Only to back down at the size of the shadow. They both let out a scream. Which caused the shadow to let out a very loud and high pitched scream, as it tripped backwards over some near by trashcans.
Nick and Judy ran over to towards it, to see what it is. It was trying to get a small bucket off it’s head with no luck.
Judy ran up and kicked the off it’s head.
When she looked down at what it was, she quickly looked up and looked back down with overwhelming confusion on her face.
“CLAWHAUSER!????!!” Judy shouted.


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WHAT!?! What’s Clawhauser doing here? Who are Nick’s Family or better question what are they? And how CAN they help? We’ll find out next Chapter. Please let me know What you guys think. Thank you all for reading. Your all awesome.😁❤

If Zootopia was a Reality TV Show

Nick (talking to camera): So I’m dropping hints that I’m interested in her..

Various clips of Nick popping up out of nowhere are shown in succession:

At Judy’s desk:

Nick: Date me?

Judy(in monotone): no.

At water cooler:

Nick(with bedroom eyes): Date me?

Judy: *sighs*

On metro:

Nick: Don’t you love me?

Judy: Technically

Nick: Well what better reason than-

Judy: no.

Getting lunch:

Nick: So this is a date, right?

Judy: Yep!

Nick: Really?

Judy: no.

In filing room:

Nick: Oh, come on. What do you have to lose?

Judy: How about my dignity and self-respect?

Nick: I can’t be that bad.

Judy(smiling): yeah, you’re worse.

Flips back to Nick:

Nick: Last Monday she hesitated before rejecting me so I guess you could say I’m making progress. *raises eyebrows suggestively*

Flips to Judy talking to coworker:

Judy: -and I cannot stand him.

Nick: You know, I can stop if you ask me to.

Judy: How do you keep showing up everywhere?!

Nick: I’m sneaky. It’s kinda my thing, Carrots. If you want me to stop just say so.

Judy: Well I- that’s…

Nick: Uh huh. Admit it. You want me to like you. *lowers voice* Like-Like you.

Coworker: I’m just gonna…go…now 

Nick: I’m right, aren’t I?

Judy: Shut up.

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Okay.This kiss. Here’s why I love it:

1. Their close embrace - they literally couldn’t get any closer physically if they tried. 2. Gene squeezing her shoulder - there’s something extremely sexy about this. 3. Judy touching his face - gahh so sweet. 4. Kissing her temple - seems so sincere and I suspect that it was not scripted which makes it 100x better. 5. Squeezing Gene’s biceps - good call Judy! 6. The way they look at each other - just pure affection

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@diepjun… this scene was so heartwarming I had to write a letter. It’s directly inspired by the late Johnny Cash. U ready? ^^


“Dear Sweet, Beautiful Carrots.

We will get old and maybe one day get used to each other. We think alike. We read each other’s mind. We know what the other wants without asking. I might “sometimes” irritate you a little bit. And maybe take you for granted.

But once in a while, like today, I mediate on a clothful of blueberries and I realise.

How lucky I am to share my life with the greatest bunny I have ever met. From that fateful day, you still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You are the object of my desire, The Number 1 Zootopian reason for my existence.

Happy Valentine’s Day Judy. I love you so so much. Thank you for saving my life all those years ago.

Your Loving Fox,
Nicholas Piberius Wilde.
🦊”
Why I Loved Zootopia’s Judy Hopps

Very few times do I ever find a character that ends up meaning more to me than a real person would. And when I entered the cinema for Zootopia, I didn’t think this would happen. From the trailers, it seemed like Nick would be the one I loved and Judy one I’d be indifferent with.

Well, well, never was I more wrong.

Not that I don’t love Nick. I love him, but Judy…gosh, I fell in love with Judy from the very first minute. She was everything I loved in a character, and I ended up rooting for her so much throughout the movie. There are plenty of reasons why I love this energizer bunny, but here are my top four:

She tries.

One of the rules of Pixar’s storytelling is that you admire a character more for his/her trying than his/her successes. I’ m well aware this isn’t Pixar, but for Judy, that was the exact reason why I loved her so much from the beginning.

From the very first scene, I fell in love with how determined she was. I was rooting for her to succeed because I saw how much she wanted it – I saw how much she was trying. Even if the world told her it wasn’t possible, that it wasn’t common at all for a bunny to be a cop, she didn’t listen to ‘em. Instead, she held her head up high and said, “Well then, I guess I’ll have to be the first.”

Since that line, I knew I was going to spend the entire movie hoping she succeeded.

She’s clever as heck.

Damn, this bunny is clever. I’m so happy Disney didn’t just make another cute but ditzy heroine like Rapunzel or Anna – man, this girl’s got the BRAINS. I was so impressed with how she got out of certain situations, like when she got Nick to solve the crime with her, or how she got to go inside the car without having to climb the fence.

Also, her training montage clearly shows how she uses her bunnyness to her best ability. She doesn’t give up because she’s small or weak – instead, she uses her abilities as a bunny to succeed.

Not to mention her one-liners are pretty clever. Like that multiplying joke.

She has flaws and makes mistakes.

One of the reasons why I didn’t like Rapunzel or Anna was how…perfect they were. Even their supposed flaws were passed off as cute or quirky. Well, you won’t get any of that in this movie. Judy Hopps is flawed and the movie doesn’t make light of it either. Instead, they use her flaws to create a more wonderful character – and to further preach the themes, of course.

I guess it’s pretty cliché for me to say I love a character for their flaws, but I’ve noticed that the characters people usually hate, I love. I love characters whose flaws and mistakes aren’t brushed aside. I don’t think Judy Hopps is hated (her plushies sold out faster than Nick’s, and for some reason, that actually kind of makes me happy) but I’m glad even she made mistakes. Mistakes that had consequences.

(No spoilers, of course.)

She and Nick have the greatest chemistry in a Disney movie ever.

Okay, so this is more like a bonus reason. But don’t the two have such great chemistry together?! How could you not ship them? (Doesn’t matter if it’s platonic or romantic.)

So there you go, fellow Disney lovers! Did you guys love Zootopia as much as I did?

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chimeracorporations  asked:

I think the reason I love Judy Hopps in Zootopia is because I kept thinking "Oh Hi Holly Short, nice to see you animated but a rabbit for some reason." xD

SAME its honestly so perfect like that IS Holly in rabbit form. I kept waiting for that whole scene where Holly swore really loud while having traffic duty and she broke her chest-word-display-thingie so she walked through half of Haven and into Root’s office with ‘d’arvit’ displayed on her chest like this actually is Holly

My parents took me to a Simon and Garfunkel concert at Wembley Stadium [as a child in 1979] and I went to the toilet during the interval. This guy standing at the next urinal started talking to me. He said something like ‘Y’all right?’, I was really embarrassed and tried not to look at him. Then he said ‘See you later’ and left.

When I got back to Mum and Dad he was standing with them and yes, it was George Harrison. Dad said, ‘George have you met my son Giles?’, to which he replied ‘Met him? I’ve just had a wee next to him.’

—  Giles Martin on the first time he met George Harrison, Express, 27 May 2012

There was a time in the Nineties when Dad was very sick. He was confined to bed and things were fairly touch and go for a while. George [Harrison] was wonderful, simply wonderful; he came over to visit and brought Dad a Ganesh elephant symbol, telling him it would keep him safe and well.

He was such a comfort to the whole family during a difficult time. He was a very keen gardener, the grounds of his home were just beautiful, still are, and he helped Mum a lot with our garden.

He would drive over to see us with as many plants as he could fit on to the passenger seat of a McLaren F1!

He meant a great deal to my dad; to all of us.

—  Giles Martin on George Harrison, Express, 27 May 2012