Wednesday Chatter (and whatnot) by EadarD00dles

Good morning to all of my friends in the Flame,
Today I am here to ask the question – what brings out the character loyalty in you?

I’ve mentioned before that I have an affection for detective novels that began when I was a small child. (If you have small children who like to read, find them some Encyclopedia Brown books. The character was first published in 1963, 29 novellas followed and a movie is in the works. It’s a great series for teaching deductive reasoning to your little Sherlocks. /promo)

Though I love my fantasy novels with faeries and magic, and my science fiction novels with aliens, robots, and space exploration, I have never outgrown my first love for a good Who(AndWhy)Dunnit.

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the television series Veronica Mars. Yes it is a high school setting and I am far from high school age, but the stories were solid and the character wise beyond her years. I watched every episode in a DVD marathon. Then sqeeeed with joy when the movie came out last year and gobbled that up. Recently, my Audible account served up an audiobook that continues the series from where the movie left off (read by Kristen Bell) and I spent three sick days listening to Veronica solve the case of “The Thousand Dollar Tan Line”.

I tried to explain to Boyfriend why I enjoy this detective so much even though she started out as a nosy teenager. I don’t think I did her justice and I’ve been trying to put it into words ever since. Why is she such an appealing character to me? Well to start, she’s sarcastic. Veronica is street smart and book smart. She has a great relationship with her father, but she does what she’s gonna do whether he allows it or forbids. Veronica is highly observant and the writers do not allow her to miss obvious things for the sake of furthering the story. (I can’t tell you how many times I have yelled at characters in books for missing the obvious.) She is witty, loyal, stands for the underdog, chooses her friends wisely (although I think her first boyfriend was a questionable choice), and she is a little bit broken. The writers/creator made her very relatable and truly realistic (if a teenage, unlicensed PI can be realistic).

Some of these traits can be found in other characters I have loved over the years, so as I spell it out a type begins to emerge that includes Gregory House, Mal Reynolds, and Harry Dresden (just to name a few). Oh and Boyfriend himself, though he doesn’t solve any mysteries; smuggle cargo through space; and (sadly) is not a wizard.

What’s your type? Share some characters you get excited over and involved with; tell me what you love about them? Do you find yourself building your own characters with their traits or voice? Can you draw lines from these fictional people to the RL people you have folded into your inner circle?

Talk to me.

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About t.s.wright

Writer, reader, casual photographer, nature-lover, dog mom. I grew up in a tree, inside a book, whispering possible futures into discarded seed pods that curled up and exploded each summer. One day, they cut down my tree and I was forced to go to school while waiting for the replacement trees to grow strong enough to hold me. But while we waited, I grew too heavy and awkward to climb, so I had to get a job. I spent my days surrounded by flimsy walls covered in carpet that made boxes and people who forgot to look out windows. I worked really hard. Possibilities were replaced with formulas and exactitude. Eventually I forgot how to climb a tree...and how to smile. Then one day, a dog licked my foot excessively and I remembered smiling. That reminded me of more things that didn't cost money and couldn't be tallied in a spreadsheet - like hugs and love and being happy. So I found myself a Steve who reminded me what home was. Then we filled it and our hearts with dogs. Eventually we planted our own tree, together. Even though I'm happy right here, right now, I remembered that we all need possibilities to dream of, so I've started writing them down.
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2 Responses to Wednesday Chatter (and whatnot) by EadarD00dles

  1. I like those characters that are a little bit broken, and can recognize the brokenness and worthiness in others. I also like those who will defend a lost cause just on principle, like Mal.

    Though people often make me feel as if my IQ is left wanting for saying so, I really really enjoyed Sookie Stackhouse in the Charlaine Harris books. (Nothing like the character whored out to Alan Ball and his band of illiterate HBO writers, thank you very much.) Even though Sookie could peek into the thoughts of others and eventually discovered a taste for vamps and weres, she held tight to her own innocence for as long as possible, refused to compromise the most important of her old-fashioned values, and her own sense of right and wrong. She’s a fighter all the time, a diplomat when necessary, and a quick learner strong enough to walk away when there’s nothing smarter to be done.

    Unfortunately for her, her creator has a tendency to interrupt. Even so, I like Sookie. Maybe just a little of her personality hearkens back to the first Nancy Drew books I read, or the first truly surprising (and not altogether likable) grown up character I read, Scarlett O’Hara. There’s got to be a little bit of the cold iron-hearted decision maker in every woman when the shit gets real. And I guess that’s the most prevalent quality in characters I am loyal to—that ability to strip themselves down to bare survivalist in the worst of situations. Scarlett, of course, valued land and only the most literal definition of family duty above actual ethics and true loyalty—much different from most of the characters I always return to.

    Recently I discovered Kick, a character created by Chelsea Cain. Kick has been through an unimaginable hell and she’s determined to fight every inch of the way to the other side. Broken, she is, and not entirely afraid to bypass some healing for the sake of some good old-fashioned revenge. I like her.

    I’m sure there’s dozens more I could blather on about, but I better get back to work 🙂

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