How Movies Trick Us Into Sympathising With Characters We Should Hate

By Omar Kardoudi on at

Let's be honest, Jordan Belfort or Francis Underwood are not likeable fictional characters. Then, why do we still sympathise so much with them when we would normally hate them and show no interest at all in what they do? Jennine Lanouette, screenwriting instructor, reveals the secret in this video.

Writers only have to engineer a scene at the beginning of the story showing characters displaying a power disadvantage and the audience will be immediately on board.