But before they got into the hands of an actor, the character was nothing but a page of words.
Our favourite books are like that too. The characters we laughed with, cried with, and almost died with, were nothing but a collection of words on a page.
And yet, they weren’t.
Something made them come off the page and become more than that.
The authors that can do it, like the JK Rowlings or Lee Child’s of this world, have the magic touch that makes us want to go back to those worlds again and again.
Like that kid lying on the living room floor, staring up at the TV, we lose ourselves in their adventures.
We cry with Harry Potter as we feel the pain he’s going through after losing his parents. We fear for Jack Reacher’s life when he finds himself surrounded and there's no way out.
Then there are other books that come and go and we can barely remember anything about them.
How do they do it?
What makes a character become so real that we can almost reach out and touch their hand?