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  1. Sharukh Bamboat

    Small characters are like catalysts, they might not be that important, but they certainly can make a lasting impact. I know that since I am a literature student. 🙂

  2. Arlee Bird

    So true what you've said here. Even if you were paying to have them there as would have to be done in a movie, they are necessary to make the story more real, more interesting.

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    • Sean McLachlan

      I love classic old movies. While there were many evils in the old studio system, it created a cadre of supporting character actors who often stole the show.

  3. Nilanjana Bose

    Interesting topic. Minor characters can be key sometimes. Manthara and Surpanakha have very tiny appearances in the Ramayana. But the whole epic hinges on those two minor characters

  4. Mark Murata

    One writer during her workshop said to read though a manuscript for each minor character, looking at each scene involving or mentioning that character, to make sure it makes sense from that character's perspective. Then go back and do it for the major characters.

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    The main characters wouldn't be so three-dimensional if not for the supporting characters. (Which makes stories and movies with only main characters really difficult to do.) They can often take over, either in the first story or later ones.