2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
... lol. A-are we really supposed to count? HOW DO ONES YOU DEVELOPED WITH SOMEONE ELSE FACTOR IN? I mean in sheer raw tallies, even without co-creations, the number is A Lot. Scientifically, A Lot. Give me a few more weeks and one of my old textbooks and I could make it sound a lot more pretentiously scientific than that.
I prefer writing/developing female characters! Actually, to be entirely fair, I like sets, matched--a lot of my stories tend to have a pair of main characters, matched male and female, but never in a romantic sense. One of those things I have (harkening back to what I said about urban fantasy the other day) is that I really enjoy platonic male-female relationships, and friendships always trump romance in a lot of things I write. Sometimes this is not the case; hilariously, whenever I have two characters of the same gender as the main protagonists of a story, male OR female, they usually end up romantically involved versus when they're opposite genders. TRIVIA THAT IS BRAND NEW EVEN TO ME. Ultimately in stand-alone one shot stories, though--or things where there's only one central character--my main character is female 90% of the time.
Part of me suspects it comes as response to the lack of female characters I found interesting in a lot of stuff I enjoyed when I was younger (whether or not these were actually good strong characters that I appreciate now that I am older, at the time I was such a typical fanbrat)--it was very much a case of, "well, if I can't FIND any that I like, I will MAKE ones instead!" AND PERHAPS IT IS MY BIAS BUT MOST OF THEM DID NOT TURN OUT TO BE MARY SUES. The ones that were too-perfect were either left behind, or revisited and revamped to make them less of the "always right, always funny, always [x] positive trait." Some of them retain aspects, but then, I have come to think that even the Mary Sue can become an interesting and viable character, as long as the story is told right and handled well. Execution is very often make or break, when it comes to what I personally want out of something, whether as a creator or as a spectator.
Man, I need to start saving up faster for the new computer, the lack of a properly-functioning finicky keyboard at home versus the one I use at work is so different, I don't really even want to go for huge blocks of text when I'm at home. Baww. ;o;
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