So this was inspired mostly by characters in MMOs/virtual worlds but is a general character design thing and is applicable to characters in general so whatever.
Occasionally I see a pair of characters I’d call “coordinated”; they basically look exactly the same except for being different genders, or their names are a letter apart or something. My knee-jerk reaction is a little bit of ‘ugh’ to tell you the truth.
That’s still no excuse to talk about how you know somebody’s character better than them. You’ve simply observed an inconsistency in what was told and what was shown. Sometimes somebody’s just not good at remembering things (me, I’m not) and a minor detail they assigned to a character just slips through the cracks and gets lost in the deep dark recesses of the mind.
If you see this happening, just point out to the person, if you can, “Hey, here you say this, but then you wrote this,” because most of the time it’s due to a novice mistake. It’s not nearly as forgivable in published works though and if you’re an aspiring novelist you should probably try as hard as you possibly can to keep your characters one hundred percent consistent. It sort of goes without saying I guess.
I was going to get a lot more argumentative but then I realized you’re probably just trying to inform us and not trying to argue anything so it’d be silly to get all defensive about nothing.
I combed through the notes and this reblog has been driving me crazy for the past day or so.
I tried to look up what the fuck an “informed trait” was via Google and it brought me to TV Tropes. You know, a wiki made entirely for amusement’s sake (despite what its regulars might tell you) that should never be used as a legitimate writing resource ever. I honestly don’t know what exactly they’re getting at. Are they trying to say that the difference between what an author says their character is and what they write the character as would mean the readers know more about the character than the author does?
That’s the only line of logic I can coherently follow, and it’s complete bullshit. If somebody says their character acts a certain way, the fact they don’t is more the fault of their writing skill than it is an issue of somebody not knowing their character. Unless you’ve got some kind of Ghost in the Shell shit going on and hack into somebody else’s brain, there is no way in hell of knowing how they would have THEIR OWN CHARACTER react to a particular situation. There’s no way of knowing for sure what they have planned in the character’s future, without being told anyway, and even then they could decide to do something else.
So still, if you think you know a character better than the author does, you are wrong. The idea of somebody thinking they know any of my characters better than me is incredibly insulting.
if you think you know more about a character than the author you’re wrong.
Shoulder length hair black shaggy with red streaks, tanned skin, red eyes -sharingan-, anbu outfit,
Weapon: - you knw zoko in avatar where he has them two sword tht are made outta one sword thing…..tht-
Extra: bit laid Bak, loves to use his sharingan and ninjutsu, can be annoying at time, only Uchiha left - he killed Sasuke - )
I thought by 2013 we’d be done with Naruto
And naturally I reblogged this to my personal instead of here like an idiot.