Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Question of Character

Today, whilst shamelessly ignoring my responsibilities to hang out in the virtual world, I read a blog that posed an interesting question.

"If you could bring to life a character from one of your stories and hang out with him or her for the day, which one would it be? Why? What advice would you give them? (Include name, personality traits, etc.)"

, if I'm going to be completely honest -- and it seems pointless not to be -- I'd have to say that I'd probably spend the day with Helena Curtis, one of the MCs of my current project. I guess I have several reasons to choose her, not the least of which is that she bears an unusual resemblance to my best friend. I think we'd get along quite nicely.

Sure, there are a number of things I'd like to tell her: honey, the gloves are absolutely darling; that guy you're looking for? yeah, you sat across from him at lunch; don't try the hero stuff - it'll just end badly. Or, maybe I wouldn't tell her. It might ruin the surprise(s). But, that's not the only reason to hang out with her.

One very good reason to try to make it 24 hours with Helen is her telepathy. I've always rather wondered how I'd do with someone monitoring my thoughts all day. Could I make it or would it bug the living freak out of me? (I really hope it's not the latter, because I'm not sure what I'd do if I killed off one of my own characters -- outside of the book, I mean.)

Could I get through 24 hours without any lying or deception at all? I doubt most people could, anyone maybe. I'm not saying I live a life of rampant untruth and should never be trusted to say two honest words in the same sentence, but a few white lies get us all through the day, in a way.

24 hours of monitored thoughts. Could a brain pass muster? An interesting possibility.

1 comment:

  1. I would spend the day with my MC as well. I'd probably try and talk some sense into her therefor derailing my entire novel but anyway lol!