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Happy Friday....!

I'm home today with the intent of taking one of our pets to the vet. She has been feeling really poorly, but started perking up in the last 12 hours, so now we're observing. If she continues current behaviors, I'll take her in this afternoon.

Anyway, I'm dinking away at my website, trying to figure out layouts and theming in Drupal. I must say, once we get this all situated, the website is going to rock muchly... there's just a bit of a learning curve, and a small matter of permissions. (roho is looking into how to get me ftp access without giving me Root. Because that would be bad. It's complicated.)

So I have a surprise day of semi-leisure, and am contemplating the best use of this found time. I believe I may work on a painting, as I haven't gotten diddly done this week. If you have a commission from me and have not seen pencils for approval, please please let me know. Part of the website redesign is a snazzy new commission queue to help me keep track of everyone and everything.

Next month, I will be doing a free icon day. Watch this space for further announcements on date!


For something fun, I have been thinking about fictional characters, and what takes a character from 'interesting' to 'fascinating'. I'm probably expressing this poorly, but my question for all of you is... What makes you love a character? It's easy enough for an author to write someone likeable. What makes you love them?

Some examples that stand out to me; Diana Gabaldon's Jamie. He's not perfect, he's stubborn and pigheaded and aggravates the women around him to no end. But... he's realistic. I can believe that he's a real man, and what's more, I would very much like to know him. I adore him, and all of Gabaldon's characters.

Jacqueline Carey writes deliciously real characters as well. Joscelin... ah, Joscelin. How I love you! And Phédra. (haikujaguar, have you seen this?! Amazing!)


So my question to you is... who do you love? Why do you love them? Tell me, I implore!

Comments

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duncandahusky
Feb. 26th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I need new icons! We should talk :-)

Who do I love? That's an easy one - Phouka/Pooka, from Emma Bull's "War for the Oaks". I've had a crush on him for the longest time. Why? He's mysterious, sexy, and has a wicked sense of humor. Of all the characters in the book he was the one I could best visualize.
(Oh crap - I just found the "War for the Oaks" screenplay on Amazon. I may need to make an impulse buy...)
enveri
Feb. 26th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
LOVE Phouka! He's so... Puckish, which is I suppose the point. But he's an awesome example! (And Ooh.. screenplay! *grabbies* I actually should put the book on my Amazon wishlist, I'd love my own copy)
duncandahusky
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'll, uh, let you borrow my copy of the screenplay. Which arrives on Monday. Curse you, Amazon Prime!
enveri
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
bwahahhaaha!
steelhelix
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Vlad Taltos... his combination of sarcasm with an evil streak along with protective fronts toward his friends makes him entertaining... that he's a human assassin who specializes in killing the much more common aliens of his planet is just garnish, especially since the last few books have taken place after he left that job. It's just well written, especially the inner conflicts between him and his traveling companion, a little flying lizard that lives on his shoulder.
enveri
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Is this a series? :) I've heard the name, but never read the books.
steelhelix
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
It's the Taltos series by Steven Brust. He actually writes two separate series that have a lot of the same characters, but the style is very different (one is written similar to Alexander Dumas' Three Musketeers, the other is much more modern... Taltos). If you read the books in the order they were written, they jump around in time quite a bit, but that's fine as they're all self-contained (though each references events from other books in a teasing/hinting sort of way). I'd recommend starting with the first written book (Jhereg), then moving to the chronilogically first book (Taltos)... though you can find a couple of combination books (Book of Jhereg, Book of Taltos) which are actually several of the books in one binder. There's ten or so books now, and the series was getting a bit stale in the middle, but he seems to have spiced it up again in the last two.
enveri
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Neat! I'll add it to my 'To Read' pile. :)
steelhelix
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure they're all on Kinda now, too.
enveri
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I... find it hard to read non-kindle books these days. :/
steelhelix
Feb. 26th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Same here... I blame Jeremy.
duncandahusky
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I have the first six or seven books in the series if you want to borrow them :-)
enveri
Feb. 26th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Once I'm done with the series I'm reading now, I'll take you up on that!
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enveri
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
I think I am much the same way; I like a character with flaws, who just tries to do the best they can with the situation. :>

(Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. <3 <3 <3)
lostreach
Feb. 27th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
I can't say what one thing makes me like a character, but I think Hans Landa from Inglorious Bastards was fantastic. His attitude about his work, and just how upbeatly kiniving he was made him really memorable. But one character that has my undying love is The Boss from MGS3. She's a complex figure, playing both the roll of the maternal figure and the soldier. Defecting to the enemy so she may achieve her mission, and still going with it when her country turns on her, and ends up labeling her a terrorist. And the fact that she wasn't a love interest, but a mother figure for the main character who then seemingly abandoned him was a nice change of pace.
enveri
Feb. 27th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Neat! There's definitely a lack of maternal-figures-as-main-characters in popular media, I think. :)
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