Sunday, June 7, 2009

Open Discussion and Question: Are characters like their authors?

As always, for Open Discussion, characters and authors alike can feel free to talk about whatever is on their mind.

Also, an interesting question for either authors or characters: How alike are characters to their authors? Do you share traits in common?

Have a happy Sunday!

40 comments:

DESTINY said...

What happened to the Lol game? I liked that.

DESTINY said...

I do not have an author. I am DESTINY.

However, if I did, we would share a common trait. My author would frequently tell other people what to do. Those other people would just as frequently ignore her.

A rather frustrating Destiny.

Anonymous said...

The people I write about are different from me. That's why I write.

Candy said...

My author is very different from me in both appearance and personality. She has never been Goth and she likes sports which I never have. She grew up in nicer homes than I did and went to a strict English boarding school while mine was the local day school.
She's always had horses and dogs while I've never had any pet. She would hate to live in a city while I always have. I've never fought back but have been grateful for any attention, very timid really, although now I'm Goth I act tough. She's a fighter and fairly outgoing, But I'm a better painter than she is! One thing we have in common is the month and date (not year!} of our births. She says she does that with all her main characters so it's easy to remember! Jeez! You'd think she could give me my own birthday!

Aidan said...

I'm different from my author. She's a girl, for one.

And she's short, not blonde, and a human.

We both get really tan though.

Kalila said...

My author is very different from me. She's human. She doesn't always say what she thinks. She believes in love. Stupid human.

Ricky said...

She's not stupid, Kalila, but I think she doesn't take enough chances in life. She's a little like my brother that way, only without the status-consciousness. She would never do what I did and bet an entire trust fund on a startup business.

Kalila said...

You've proven that our author is smarter than you, Ricky, since your business was failing when I met you. Without me, you'd be delivering pizzas. But the fact that our author is smarter than you doesn't make her smart in general.

bunnygirl said...

Just you wait, Kalila.

Kalila said...

What's that supposed to mean?

bunnygirl said...

You're so smart, you figure it out.

Josiah said...

Much like my author, I hate "missing out" on things ... or maybe that just means we're nosy. We're both sorry we haven't been around for the past week. Silly work!

We're also fairly analytical - and have a high regard for mechanical aptitude. Although I find it quite humorous that she is dyslexic and cannot do even the most rudimentary math, and I am an engineer. Truly, numbers have little meaning to her - and to me - they are - building blocks upon which everything rests.

I wonder how she'll skirt this issue in her writing?

And she's a woman! She continually says she doesn't understand people, but I think she's doing okay with me. What I find interesting is her fear of female characters. So far - all the characters in her story are men. A bit odd, don't you think?

We also both have a strong faith - and she hopes it's apparent without being blugeoning in the story. I like the fact I'm allowed to still curse - and enjoy Scotch - I think it makes me more dimensional.

Uhh - we also both talk too much. :(

Anonymous said...

Hi

My author's different.

Talks more. Older.

Hi Candy

Shadow

Josiah said...

lol - Shadow!

Besides Scruffy, I don't think there's anyone who talks less than you. :)

word verification: nonch = text speak for nonchalant.

Anonymous said...

Hi Josiah

How are you today?

Yeah, I don't talk much.

Shadow

Aidan said...

Don't let that fool you, though. Shadow is wicked smart on the inside.

Kaelin doesn't talk much either.

Josiah, my author is a woman and writes mostly male characters.

Josiah said...

Good afternoon Shadow.

How has your weekend been? It's fun to hear about Candy's adventures, isn't it? I wish there was only 150 miles between her and I instead of 141 years. I do believe she'd cause quite a sensation here. Perhaps even give Lola Montez a run for her money.

Aiden,

I do believe you're right. Shadow's words, though few, are always very well thought out. He seems very self-possessed for one so young. I do believe his peers are missing out.

Thanks for passing the information along about your author. I shall have to let Mittany know.

Candy said...

Do your authors base you on people they have known?
And, if so, do those people ever recognize themselves?
My author's mother once got very upset because she thought she was the character in a short story. She wasn't at all but she wouldn't believe it.
Does your author chose the character or story first?
I don't know anything about writing. I just paint pictures, she writes them.

Hi Shadow!

Aidan said...

I'm very loosely based on my author's son.

A character from another series was based on a guy from the gym--a special ops soldier.

Most of them come from the aether though.

Bo said...

I'm pretty sure I'm not like anyone my author knows.

bunnygirl said...

You're wrong about that, Bo. Unfortunately.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

Neither of us say much... we both say our best lines in our heads. We both think it's a good thing that everyone around us can't hear half of what goes through there.
We both wish we'd said more to people we can't see any more.

So, on the inside we're alike - on the outside? Not so much.

FLOWER

Goran Njiric said...

The kid who writes me is only similar in that he's managed to get into a lot of relationships with weird ends. I've had more.

Otherwise, he's a good kid, and lucky that he's got elders to pull experience from. Of course, he likes to joke that I'm a caricature of his grandfather, but that's just youthful inexperience talking.

Andre Vienne said...

Psh, Goran's more what I wish I could be when I'm sixty-seven. Flying around in space, having adventures, Kirk-ing out in the solar system, and all that.

He's actually mostly my grandfather, with a lot more flamboyance jammed into him. Which is sorta creepy.

David Jace said...

I think that if an author is a good one, that the characters have to be different. Otherwise, we'd have stories full of almost the same person. I do, however, think that some characters are more like the author than not, and there's a piece of the author in nearly every character. Plus, I think often our favorite characters are ones we understand and with which we resonate. Naturally, that's quite likely to be one like ourselves.

Jace :)

Steinarr, son of Birgir said...

’Struth, I do pray not, for they would be tedious creations indeed, seeing that authors spend most of their days scribbling madly in corners.

Maxwell said...

I do not have an author.

If I have an author, I blow them up!

Anonymous said...

No, not me. I am planning on having a very interesting night.

Scruffy said...

Woof! Woof!

Pant, pant, pant, pant

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan

Thanks for saying I'm smart.

You're smart too.

Hi Josiah

I had to go to my grandmother's.

Yeah. Candy's cool.

Thanks for saying what you did.

Shadow

Anonymous said...

Hi Aidan

Thanks for saying I'm smart.

You're smart too.

Hi Josiah

I had to go to my grandmother's.

Yeah. Candy's cool.

Thanks for saying what you did.

Shadow

Anonymous said...

Hi

I said it twice.

How come?

Shadow

Anonymous said...

Hi Goran

Where have you been?

Glad you're here.

Shadow

Ms. Fettleston said...

Good evening Ms. Mira,

Well, my author and I do share many traits. Sadly, neatness is not one of them. Neatness is so important, but she does not appear to agree. Apparently, she enjoys nearly tripping and breaking her neck over her belongings every time she crosses the room.

Tsk, tsk.

Another trait we do not share is her desire for 'payback' as she puts it. Although I quite enjoyed my discussion with the sweet Ms. Candy, and her many, many detailed questions, my author has apparently decided that one good turn deserves another. I hope that she means well, but I do have my doubts. However, I shall continue to do my best to convince her that we should forgive others, as we are forgiven.

Mr. Goran,

How lovely to see you, my dear. We quite missed your stimulating company. I do hope we see you again soon.

Sincerely,

Ms. Fettleston

Aidan said...

Hey Goran. Hey Shadow. Hi Ms F! (Kaelin reminded me that you're Miss or Ms not Mrs since you're not married. Sorry about that.)

I had to do family stuff today, too, but for us it mostly involves fight practice, which consists of Marc beating the living crap out of me.

I got him back though. I hid all his computer mouses. He's going nuts looking for them. Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Mira said...

Lol.

These were really interesting to read, thanks.

For me, I think every character is a piece of me - although often, a small piece - and when I think about the more intense characters, that can be alittle daunting....but those are often the most interesting to explore.

Mira said...

Andre - cool. Glad to see you!

Anonymous said...

I like my author. She likes me. And oh so merry we shall be.

Mira said...

Quick announcement: Ms. Fettleston has selected Faldur for this week's character of the week, and Faldur has accepted. Please drop by on Friday to meet this interesting character.

Andre Vienne said...

Good to be back, really/ Feels nice. You have no idea how good a motivator this place is, once I'm back from the road.