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Character development is showing the multitude of traits and behaviours that give the literary character the complexity of a human being. The amount of character development affects the quality of the story:
- A flat character is not fully developed; we know only one side of the character.
- A round character is fully-developed, with many traits--bad and good--shown in the story. We feel that we know the character so well that he or she has become a real person.
- Character development is a continuum with perfectly flat characters at one end and very round ones at the other. Every character lies somewhere on this continuum. Round characters are usually considered an indication of literary quality. However, characters in folk tales are almost always flat, and flatness is appropriate for minor characters in modern literature for children. A character foil is often flat, even if the protagonist is round.
A dynamic character is one who experiences a basic change in character through the events of the story. This change is internal and may be sudden, but the events of the plot should make it seem inevitable
A static character is one who does not experience a basic character change during the course of the story.
Serial is a term, originating in literature, for a format by which a story is told in contiguous instalments in sequential issues of a single periodical publication. By extension, it also came to apply to a film issued in the same instalment manner over a period of sequential weeks at a single movie house.
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