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On Loving Characters

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Lovely-Words Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard people say that their characters are like their babies and that's always bugged me; mostly because I would never treat my children the way I treat a fictional character. I mean, the main characters in my stories tend to get maimed, beaten, and murdered with an almost alarming frequency. The authors who say things like "My characters are my babies!" tend to be young and unwilling to do any harm to their creations, going to great lengths and literary contortions to make sure that their precious characters don't have to face and consequences (even something so minor as to have them sweating and disgusting after a hard fought battle). My questions to you is this: Do you, as a writer, become overly attached to your characters and how do you think that effects your story? Do you, as a reader, find it frustrating when it seems like nothing can touch the protagonists? And finally, how do we help remedy this problem in so many writers?
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I AM attached to my characters in a way, but like a lot of things, I realize that they have to move on with their fictional lives. When their story ends, it ends. I've got a whole world out there, and like it or not, despite how I tend to make a big deal out of my current storyline, it's only a slice of the universe. I've got seven hundred years to work with, and at best, the story's only gone through five of those seven hundred years.

My current character for example has grown up during the course of the stories. He's getting married, has an ancient evil to stop, and the whole shebang, but I realize that there will be a time where I have to kill him off. As much as I like this character that I've used in some sense my whole life, his story must come to an end, and another one must begin, because that's life. It has to end sometime. Maybe there'll be more stories with maybe his kids, or maybe a distant descendant, but it won't be him forever.

Although, I have made a point to pretty much drive him to the point of insanity in the latest book, which may, or may not leave him with permanent mental scarring! Fun fun!

As for other characters, oh man, I just can't stop killing them! Depends on how important they are to the plot I guess. Ships blow up here, nukes go off there and nevermind the countless ground battles. So, it all depends on plot dependence for me.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I was overly attatched when I had but one character who I roleplayed with, inserted into fandoms, drew a lot and basically was obsessed over. About the only thing she didn't have was an actual life in an actual story because when I tried I realised how badly she fitted in a story despite being so so awesome in my head.

She is still beloved by me but never have I tried to write her into stories or such again for she is a remnant of my teenage days.

My current cast are 'beloved' and but not the same way. They exist to drive story and yes each one is dear to me in a way, but also there to be manipulated and draw a story out of my script. They're beloved for their purpose.
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GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Bloody hell! My favorite original characters are the ones I put through the most hell! I killed off two of them before the first book starts (two faves out of twelve dead at that point) and another dies in the third chapter! And my main character is a freakin' eunuch!...

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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Writer
I played a Eunuch in a game of Dungeons and Dragons, once. You present being a eunuch as some kind of torment or terrible burden. Being a Eunuch was a rewarding profession for centuries in all kinds of cultures.
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Dionaya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
While that's true, I think most writers would view castration as a profound debasement of their character. Castration is something far out of the comfort zone of most writers, even those who otherwise torment their characters liberally.
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Writer
I think most writers would view castration as a profound debasement of their character.

You think so? Let's find out.
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GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Eunuchs did get placed into many powerful positions in the Persian, Roman, and Byzantium Empires, that's true. I've done quite a bit of research into the topic.

However, in my story universe, my MC is castrated as part of the sacrifice ritual that nearly ends his life and does kill his friends. It's not so much being a eunuch that's the problem as the memories the castration invokes. He'll get over it soon enough... and I plan to use his eunuch state as a means of breaking a few women's/girl's hearts and embarrassing some guys in later books, which will be a hell of a lot of fun for me to write!
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Writer
Ah. Makes sense.
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Dionaya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Honestly, "my main character is a freakin' eunuch" was all you needed to make your case. :P
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GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, but I don't want people thinking I'm mean only to my main character... have to spread around the pain, you know?
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