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My favorite character was...

the protagonist
5
42%
the antagonist
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8%
an important side character
5
42%
the coolest cameo I ever wrote
1
8%
so insignificant I had to edit him/her out
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Total votes: 12
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Postby blank_parchment » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:10 pm

Okay, time for my fellow wordtrippers to spill about their personal favorite character. And yes, I'm talking about our own brain children, sprung from a melting pot of experience, encounters, and imagination and born onto napkins, loose leaf paper, or the dimly glowing computer screen. And I would hope we all have enough self respect and respect for our fellow writers not to steal their ideas. Borrowing may be our trade, but we are not theives here.

Me first? If you insist...My favorite character is from a long abandoned story. Barely an earthling (born on board the shuttle just before launch), his mother named him Cercess. He was a side character, the best friend and accomplice of the protagonist, and he was reckless, brave, and clever. I was always fond of my devilishly handsome, and independant to the core trouble maker as I watched him grow from a small boy wondering about the stars to a man training an army to defend the last known survivors of the human race. There was just something memorable about him in my eyes. Even though I can't remember much of the plot, or even the names of my other characters, Cercess will live on in my memory of a grand accomplishment.

When we harbor that much passion for our characters, it shines through to readers. And that's what it's all about.
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Postby Anblick » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:17 pm

Well, my most persistent character is both the protagonist AND antagonist of my story - primarily the antagonist. HEnce antagonist is my vote...
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Postby xcheck24 » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:22 pm

Hal, the angel of death
i'd marry him if he was real and allowed to marry humans lol
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Postby Anblick » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:29 pm

So what's your vote, x?
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Postby TheMudge » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:37 pm

My book had an FBI agent who was originally added just as a plot-mover . . . but ended up being more fun than the hero.
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Postby funkywriter3 » Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:09 pm

I voted protagonist b/c she was the main character and my favorite, but usually when I read someone else's work I like the person on the side.
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Postby Delaney » Tue Jul 19, 2005 12:17 am

What if your protaganist is you...?
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Postby CycoMerlin14 » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:25 am

The side character was based off my ex, my highschool crush, and a handful of things that other people have said.

For instance...my crush once yelled at a police car. He screamed, "...eating a DOUGHNUT!" And I just found that funny.

Then my ex commented to one of my journal entries that really made me swoon and fall in love with him all over again.

This character is equal parts free-spirited and philosophical, goofy and unrelenting.

Myself, playing the lead role, bombarded by this side character...I love it.
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Postby northerngal » Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:05 am

I voted for Lyselle, the protagonist I created for a AU Doctor Who fic I wrote.

She was originally created at the time of McCoy's Doctor - some 16 years ago - but the series' end meant I never wrote her.

Until the new series. And after 16 years on a back burner she'd developed a character all of her own and completely took over. lol
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Postby TheMudge » Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:35 am

Delaney wrote:What if your protaganist is you...?


Then you'd BETTER like her, I'd say. . .
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Postby JillStar » Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:32 am

A side character is often what pushes the story forward... or at least gives the main characters a nudge.
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Postby pengwenn » Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:50 am

I don't have a favorite as a writer since they put me through torture trying to get them out on the page. But if I've got to pick one it's got to be the protagonist for me. If I don't care for or am interested in them why should my reader?
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Postby funkywriter3 » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:05 pm

If I was the protagonist, um........interesting things would happen. I'd probably transform into the antagonist in some strange scene.
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Postby CycoMerlin14 » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:32 pm

jillstar wrote:A side character is often what pushes the story forward... or at least gives the main characters a nudge.


Hehe...take Tyler Durden from Fight Club for example...without him, where would the main character be? But it's odd because the lead character and the side character are really one in the same, just split up in the story to show what's going on in the lead character's mind.
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Postby bfsooner » Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:10 pm

In high school, I wrote about a girl named Harriett. She was so interesting and wonderful. I think she is the subject of my favorite short story.
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Postby AlienEeeter » Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:58 pm

My favorite character is from my NaNo story three years ago, The Wet Spot.

He's a side character, a drag queen named Miss Francesca, who is in love with the Straight Bartender at the club where he performs. His/her sidekick is a transgendered 17 yr old named Lexie, and Miss Francesca is her "fairy drag mother."

There were a lot of gems in this story, but some flaws too, and it sits forgotten on my hard drive.
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Postby blank_parchment » Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:30 pm

Sounds like an interesting story, AlienEeeter. Anything ever become of it?
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Postby AlienEeeter » Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:00 am

A few months ago I did one page of re-writes, as a script, then forgot about it again.
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Postby goody2shoes » Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:03 pm

I voted, for my important side character, her name is Keira she is saved by the main character. Then they become friends.

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