a) …you can compare this profile to that of other protagonists.
b) …you can learn how serial characters are built and why some characters work better than others."
I chose Yosser Hughes from Boys From the Blackstuff. He is the most memorable character from a TV serial I deeply love. He was probably not the best character for this assignment though, but it was good to think about the whole character, why the writers created him, and what purpose did he serve, or how did he set the other characters off. The checklist below is also quite useful when thinking about coming up with your own characters. I wonder if writers get the character first, and fit the story round them? Or whether they have the story first then flesh out the characters that the story needs? I posted this question on one of the forums, but I get the feeling it will be drowned out by the noise. How can MOOC's address this? Or is it the students' responsibility to not mass post and exercise some discretion?