Which character arc is better?

3 years ago | AdamBolander (Member)

I have two possible arcs I want one of my characters to go through, but I can’t decide which one I like more. In both of them, his parents get killed in a car accident while he’s driving. In one scenario, the wreck was his fault and he has to learn to forgive himself and move on with his life. In the other, it’s someone else’s fault but he has survivor’s guilt and blames himself anyway (“Yeah, he ran the red light, but he wouldn’t have hit me if I hadn’t pulled out so fast” or something like that) and has to overcome it.

Which do you guys like more?

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  1. nippoten (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    i like the one that

  2. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago


    Both of these are good to use but the final say comes down to the character.

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  3. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I feel like you could milk more drama out of the first scenario, where it is undeniably his fault. The second option is also good, but I imagine the survivor's guilt (which he'll have either way) will be a bit less impactful. If it isn't really his fault, there's the possibility he can, instead of learning to forgive himself, focus more on blaming the other person.

  4. Thedude3445 (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Definitely the former. The latter, as Sharkerbob said, is too easy to turn into Revenge Syndrome where she just blames all her problems on the person who hit her car.

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