Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Characters in company

I came across this gem while reading Peter Cameron's The Weekend. Although it says something to me about getting to know people in real life, it's also food for thought when it comes to building fictional characters:

"It was strange to see someone you have only known alone begin interacting with other people, for that somebody known to you disappears and is replaced by a different, more complex, person. You watch him revolve in this new company, revealing new facets, and there is nothing you can do but hope you like these other sides as much as you like the side that seemed whole when it faced only you."

6 comments:

  1. Wow, so true. Thanks for sharing the awesome quote.

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  2. Thanks, Linda. This is one reason I read: to find things I recognize without having articulated them myself before!

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  3. Very interesting and thought provoking. And definitely something to consider when sculpting characters. Individuals have so many facets. Thank you for this.

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  4. Yes, Cynthia, I find it fascinating that we show different parts of ourselves to different people, and so our characters can do that, too.

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  5. That's an insightful perspective on studying someone you like interacting with others. On the flip side, I think character work also involves examining those who display unlikable qualities for one individual party while they switch on the charm for others. It's always interesting for me to see how characters behave when they're in their comfort zone and when they're not.

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  6. Cynthia, yes, it opens all sorts of possibilities. And what of the character who changes, chameleon-like, with every companion? Is she manipulative, disingenuous, or just eager to be liked? Great possibilities!

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