Of Mice and Men
character concept discussion
Here’s the concepts again:
A character who is really competent, but fails anyway.
A character who is slightly larger than the story around them, deeply flawed but who has something to say.
A character who sees beauty and tries to make a difference in small ways.
A character who is generally inept but gets through despite the odds, often by sheer chance.
An outsider who persists in a libertarian/libertine/independent lifestyle that puts them at odds with the status quo.
A character who is past their prime, dealing with the fact that they weren’t the person who they wanted to be, trying to determine what they will finally be remembered for.
A character who deals with the dichotomy between the skills that come with age and the potential of youth.
A character who knows what the right thing to do is and does it no matter what the consequences.
A melancholic outsider who doesn’t fit into the world, and has a reason why they don’t.
A character who is totally secure in his/her views, which leads them into trouble due to their intolerance for and/or complete lack of understanding of other views.
A character who tries to make up for the lacks or weaknesses of others.
A character with purpose, so driven that they’ve passed any care about what others think of their inevitably extreme, often violent behavior.
A character who refuses to be ignored (or else all hell breaks loose)!
A character with a great dream that makes them difficult (or dangerous?) to be around.
A character who makes up for a great weakness or disability by overdeveloping in another sphere.
A stone-cold character who gets the job done, and is deeply loyal to the few friends they have.
A character with a heavy duty, torn between that duty and what they love.
A character who follows a value that may or may not be true, knows this, but follows their value anyway.
A character who lives within a rigid socially-determined role, and who demands that others recognize and support this.
A big, reliable hero with the capacity for self-sacrifice and easily pushed buttons.
An emotionally broken character who makes a difference because he’s broken.
A character who is highly competent, but alone, seeking the inner purpose that will give their abilities meaning.
A big mouth smartass who bullshits his/her way through life.
A cold-hearted killer with a soft spot.
I think that they could add a lot of personality and depth to a character, so I’d like to hear what other people think. *db, July 21, 9:39