Character FlawsTo make a story more engaging, subject your character to struggle.

In Speed, Sandra Bullock plays a character whose flaw lies in her perfect ordinariness as a bus driver. Unlike an accountant in a war zone, the fact that a bomb was strapped on her bus is arguably believable, considering current events.

Her rise to heroin status at the end is a journey we are able to participate in, precisely because we can relate to her ordinariness, and because she is so likeable.

We sit through until the end of the story, wondering how such an ordinary person could possibly deal with such an extraordinary situation, and we leave the movie pondering how we would react under the same circumstances.