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Non-humans

why humans are not the only characters that matter

Just like side-characters, readers are more likely to be invested in human characters over other non-human actors. If the source material is about humans, consider observing the author description/use of animals, plants, monsters, ghosts, or whatever else. The point is to examine how something non-human interacts with the human characters.

Also think about whether non-human characters are intended to be antagonists or something else entirely. Many times, authors expect readers to understand a human vs. non-human relationship. But some times, it is not that simple and there are many novels that try to change that relationship in a number of ways. 

Ex. The hero of this story defeats many monsters, but there is connection between the success of these battles and the hero’s trusty horse. To demonstrate this connection, the horse is heavily described in detail before every battle, implying...

Ex. From the description of the novel's ghost characters, there is a clear interest in representing past regrets in a relatable way. For example, the line...

Ex. When the robot dies, it does so in a very human way. This mimicking of human behaviour is an example of the author telling their readers of how robots and humans are the same. The line...

 

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