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09:14 pm: Writing character clash stories


Date:March 17th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I wasn't disagreeing with #5. In fact, I was agreeing that similarities give you at least a reason to remember someone. I just don't know exactly how often things do work out like that in real life.

Sure, that solo that we played actually did happen, and you could easily imagine us turning into deep dark rivals over something like that. (Especially since this guy also goes to my school and plays in three of the same bands as I do.) But how often does that actually happen? I know it doesn't have to be that similar, but the less similar you get, the less likely it is to be a connection. Would you know the other American as well if zie was from a whole different part of the country? If you could only share national similarities but not local stuff?

(I can't resist mentioning that my solo went better than his did.)
Date:March 21st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
(I can't resist mentioning that my solo went better than his did.)

Which is the root of the conflict created when two characters have a similarity.

Ever notice how in some stories, a bully or love interest or rival is formed with the Protag and it doesn't seem to make sense outside of the idea that they were magicly drawn to him/her?

Being of the same country in a foriegn land can keep two people talking to each other, even if not the same region! (How about them Giants?)

In Harry Potter (which come up first because there are so many kids) Harry crushes on girls that also love his sport, anyone that reminds him of his bulling cousin automaticlly annoys him (which provided a nice amount of dissonance when he discovered his father had been a bully) and things like inheirited appearances can make or break your relationship with others: If Harry had looked like his mother I doubt Snape would have hated him as much! :P

Repeating looks, attitudes, behaviors and the like allows even the noblest characters to prejudge as humans do. It also explains why peolpe bother to be friends with, love, admire or plain pay attention to the Protag without resorting to lazy Author Gravitation.
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