Lets face it, the most important aspect of creating a believable and memorable character in a film is, of course, the writing. Of course, the actor playing the character also has to actually be able to act and do the character justice, but there’s no doubt that clothes, costume, props and makeup can be essential to creating and developing the character and most importantly, immersing the audience into the film.
A few years ago I wrote an essay on the use of the unreliable narrator in the books American Psycho and The Great Gatsby and, after the usual stress and panic that comes with writing an essay, I actually managed to get a really good grade on it.
The element of using an unreliable narrator to tell a story has always interested me. I’ve always been drawn to the books told in the first person, and it seems it’s also the automatic voice I write in when I begin to write my own stories.
Traditionally, narrators were used to connect the reader to a story, so naturally, these narrators were assumed to be trustworthy and unbiased. But since the 20th century, use of the unreliable narrator has become an increasingly common and popular element in literature and even film.