Today I'm participating in the Dual Character Inquisition Tag. Victoria from Wanderer's Pen tagged me in this, and I'm quite excited to do it.
It's a fairly simple tag. 1) Pick two characters. 2) Include a picture of each of them. 3) Answer the ten questions. 4) Tag three or more bloggers.
Today I'm picking Hana from The Girl with the Sword (one of my favorite characters that I've ever written) and Elle from Goggles, Corsets, and Cyborgs, mostly because I have drawings of them. I really need to do some more of my other characters, as a side note. Anyway, on to the tag.
|Hana in her superhero outfit|
1. Who inspired this character?
Hana: A person didn't inspire her, it was actually her story. She's from my first NaNoWriMo novel, and to come up with an idea, I pulled some ideas out of a hat. I ended up with a sword, ninjas, and a superhero and had a thought of "what if a girl is on a trip to Japan, and finds a sword that gives her superpowers?". Hana grew out of that.
Elle: Elle wasn't so much inspired by a person, more like an idea. The idea of a socialite young woman who wanted to be something that everyone says she can't. From there, the story evolved into a steampunk novel with a mystery, and Elle came with it.
2. What is their weapon of choice?
Hana: Her sword, Otachi. The sword is a Japanese katana made long ago as a weapon to bring justice. It's the source of her superpowers and she loves it.
Elle: Probably an invention she made herself. She's an inventor and loves making new gadgets.
3. Have they ever been physically violent with someone else? What instigated it?
Hana: She's a superhero, so yeah. In Japan, where she was trained, she fought some people called Ninjas that wanted to take the sword from her. Back in the States, she's fought bad guys, including the Arachnid. She only fights people in pursuit of right.
Elle: The only person she's been physically violent to is Whitlock, and that was started because he was trying to blow up half of England. Other than that, she'd prefer to solve her problems with brains, not brawn.
4. Are they more of a rule-follower or a rebel?
Hana: She's a rule-follower, unless need arises to do otherwise.
Elle: Elle is a rebel. That's the whole point of the novel. Society tells her to be one thing, but she wants to be something else.
5. What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
Hana: Completely shy and quiet. She didn't like to talk much or hang out with other kids. She was the girl who was always sitting by herself because she prefers it that way.
Elle: She was probably a bit of a wild child. She didn't like to sit still and learn womanly arts like other girls. Elle would rather play outside or tinker with some spare parts.
6. Where would they go to relax and think?
Hana: A treehouse she and her friend built at a local park. It's hidden high in the branches of tree and has seats and everything. That's where she goes when she needs to think without being disturbed.
Elle: Probably her work shed out in the garden. It used to be a gardening shed until they built a new one. That's where she can be herself most freely.
7. Do they have a temper?
Hana: Only when highly provoked. Most of the time she's a more soft-spoken person.
Elle: I'd say probably. Things get on her nerves easily, especially when they aren't that important.
8. Would they be more likely to face their fears or run from them?
Hana: This one is tricky for her. Over the course of the novel, she has a major change in her perception of the world. Before she gets her superpowers, I'd definitely say she'd run from them, but afterwards, I think she'd be scared, but willing to face them.
Elle: She'd face them with her head held high and a defiant gleam in her eye. She doesn't want any fear to kick her butt, no matter what it is.
9. When they are upset, do they turn to other people or isolate themselves?
Hana: She would probably want to be alone for a while, and then turn to someone. Either her brother, her parents, or her best friend.
Elle: Elle isolates herself until someone pries her problems out of her. She also likes to write in her diary when she's upset.
10. Say 3 things about where your character lives (as broad or specific as you like).
Hana: She lives in a part of LA called Cerritos. Her school is called Breezewood Academy (a fictional school, by the way) and her dad is an eight grade math teacher there. She lives on a cul-de-sac.
Elle: She lives in a rich neighborhood just outside London. There are lots of machines, like personal air purifiers and robot butlers. Her friend Lydia owns a corset and hat shop in downtown London.
Those are the questions. As for tagging, I tag:
Melissa@Quill Pen Writer
Catherine@The Rebelling Muse
Or anyone else who might want to join!
Let's talk! Do you have a favorite character you've written? What are your answers to some of these questions? Tell me in the comments.