So. Redemption Arcs. I love me a good redemption Arc. Its one of the best tools in the writing game when changing the alliengce of evil character as they turn baby face. I love it. Cause well it forces the character to look at themselves and realize that they have been doing some horrible stuff and want to change that. Its a great look into a character pysche.
But I absolutely hate a bad redemption arc.
For example: take a character that has been a horrible person for the entire plot of the book. They baanter with the good guys, thorn at their sides, they do alot of stuff that makes the protags just wanna beat them up. But at the climax generally it taakes one thing that makes them go automatically baby face and join with the bad guys. There’s usually a fifty percent chance where they will go ahead a sacrifice themselves for the good guys to succeed so that it looks like that the bad guy wasnt really a bad guy after all.
See, this not a good way to a redemption arc. Its a way but its kinda shallow. Cause its aburpt. There’s no buildup. There’s no reflection from the character that what they did was pretty crappy. And I think that’s something that’s usually something that’s kinda missed out on. Acknowledgement. And slowly having the good guys earn their trust and forgiveness over time. Kinda like Zuko from avatar the last airbender for an example.
But that’s just my thoughts. What about you guys?