Character Profile 1

This is a character study I did the other day. I thought it was about time for the writefury to share some writing tips, so here you go!

Character Profile 1:

 

These characters are some of the most complex people in their story. The role they play is rarely the protagonist, though the role of sidekick suits them well.

They are almost always extremely loyal to friends and family and would do anything to protect the ones they love. Rules are a comfort to these characters and those that are over them are to be respected as much as it is in their power to obey.

Cons to this type of character is that they usually have trouble feeling or portraying emotion. The idea of letting someone down or embarrassing themselves or someone else is horrifying to a lot of these people. That being said, here are some other common traits, situations or problems for these characters:

 

Being the sidekick or the deuteragonist

Having something to hide

Not much of a sense of humor, if they do, it’s usually sarcastic

Taking the danger of the situation they’re in very seriously

Being bullied

Very loyal

Likes to think things though

Very respectful to elders and those who are over them

Smart

Cautious

Puts others needs before their own

On the quiet side (very common)

 

 

Here are some examples:

 

Fergus Leatherhead

The one on the left.

The one on the left.

 

 

Fergus was the one I had in mind when I came up with doing this profile. He is from The Peleg Chronicles and is shield bearer to Lord McDougal. He takes his position very seriously (to the extent that betraying Lord McDougal is the stuff of nightmares for him) and his loyalty to him, Lady Mercy and everyone in their group is amazing. The traits in the above list that apply to Fergus are:

Being the Sidekick

Not much of a sense of humor

Takes danger very seriously

Very loyal (times that by about 3 for Fergus)

Very respectful to Lord McDougal (never strays from the titles “sir” or “my lord”)

Puts others needs before his own

On the quiet side

Smart

 

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

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Hiccup is one of the less obvious members of this group, being the main character in 11 books and 2 movies kind of puts him way out there and leaves no room for shyness. But thinking about it, he belongs here. Hiccup is a dragon trainer from the How To Train Your Dragon books and movies. He is very selfless, kind and does all that is in his power to not disappoint his Dad. The book Hiccup and the movie Hiccup are somewhat different, and for that reason, I’m putting side notes on his traits to specify:

 

Having something to hide (Book: speaking dragonese Movie: Toothless)

Very sarcastic sense of humor (more so in movies)

Takes danger somewhat seriously (more seriously in the books)

Bullied

Loyal to friends, family and, in his case, Dragon

Likes to think things through

Smart

Puts others needs before his own (very obvious in books)

 

Alphie Huggins

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Alphie is a junior steward from Gordon Korman’s Titanic trilogy and (surprise, surprise) my favorite character. He is possibly the only one in the group of four kids who takes the danger of Jack the Ripper being on board seriously. He also has something to hide, being underage for a steward. Alphie’s loyalty to his friends and father is amazing and he will do anything for them. I highly recommend that you read the books. Here are some of the traits Alphie displays:

 

Having something to hide

Takes the story danger very seriously

Smart

Loyal

Very respectful to passengers

Puts others needs before his own

On the quiet side

 

Aiden Falconer

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picture from second Kidnapped book

 

Aiden Falconer is the older of the two Falconer kids in Gordon Korman’s On The Run series and Kidnapped trilogy. He’s a great offset for his sister Meg, who almost relishes the danger that their in and would take any and every risk possible to attain the story goal. Aiden is a bit more cautious and has his doubts about ever getting their parents back, though he would do anything to do just that. But more commonly, his attempts involve a plan. Some of the Profile 1 traits that Aiden display are:

Having something to hide (in Chasing the Falconers, his identity)

Takes the story danger very seriously

Loyal

Thinks things through

Smart

Cautious

Puts family’s needs before his own

 

Ben Slovak

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Ben Slovak is the best friend of Griffin Bing from (okay, so sue me, I just like this author) Gordon Korman’s Swindle series. He’s less on the quiet side and a better word I would use to describe his attitude towards Griffin’s ever-present plans is “Reluctant”. He’s very small, and therefore, bullied. Though he never does completely agree with all his friends, he’s always right there for them and is very brave when he needs to be. Some of the traits in Ben are:

 

Being the sidekick

Having something to hide (He’s Narcoleptic. Go look it up)

Takes danger seriously

Loyal

Smart

Cautious

 

 

Horatio Hornblower

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A commenter turned me onto this one, and I’m so glad she did. (Thanks, Erin!) Horatio is a very good image of a Type 1 and has a lot in common with Fergus Leatherhead in my opinion.

Horatio is very dedicated to his duty, very respectful to his superiors and, in the words of his father, a solitary boy. He makes mistakes, but takes it very hard and learns from them. He’s very self-critical, as a lot of Type 1s are, though he is very talented, a good leader and quick thinker. Overall, a really great character with wonderful morals.

 

Horatio Hornblower’s trait list:

 

No sense of humor

Taking very seriously

Being bullied

Very loyal

Likes to think things though

Very respectful to elders and superior officers

Smart

Cautious

Puts others needs before his own

On the quiet side

 

Steve Rodgers/Captain America

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Steve is a bit less on the quiet side than some in this group, but his morals stand among the strongest. He’s the picture of self-sacrifice and is very loyal to his friends, teammates and country.

Steve does have a sense of humor that is very common among the Type 1’s

He has a strong sense of duty and is bullied quite a lot pre-serum.

 

Steve’s trait list:

 

Sarcastic, self deprecating humor

Taking the danger of the situation very seriously

Being bullied

Loyal

Likes to think things though

Very respectful to elders and superiors

Smart

Cautious

Puts others needs before their own

A little on the quiet side

 

Emmett (Silverado)

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Emmett is a little bit bordering the line of a Type 2 with the type of story he has, but his temperament is definitely in this group.

He’s a great example of a responsible big brother to Jake and he’s very loyal to his friends and family, putting his own needs on the side multiple times to care for others. Standing back and quietly observing is more his style than picking a fight, but he’s extremely capable of defending himself and others when the need arises.

Emmett’s trait list:

Being the sidekick or the deuteragonist (Maybe applicable, since he’s one of a cast of four main characters)

Not much of a sense of humor. When he does it’s pretty situational.

Taking the danger of the situation they’re in very seriously

Being bullied (*cough* Well, that’s sort of what happens to cowboys in westerns. Getting intentionally trampled by a horse is pretty bullying behavior…)

Very loyal

Likes to think things though (He’s pretty quick at it, though)

Smart

Puts others needs before his own

On the quiet side

 

Agent William Brandt

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Probably a little less recognizable than another certain Jeremy Renner character (whom I shall not name, you probably know who I’m talking about.)

Agent Brandt is one of the later additions to the IMF and takes a bit to warm up to everyone. He’s certainly more on the quiet side and cautious is practically his middle name. He can be a little bit of the dissenting voice to Ethan’s plans and can put up a bit of a sarcastic front, but he’s really sweet and self-sacrificing under it all.

Again with the bullying . . . it’s kind of what happens. Director Hunley, to an extent.

 

Being a side character

Having something to hide (There’s something about his past in MI4)

Very sarcastic

Taking the danger of the situation they’re in very seriously

Being bullied (Sorta-kinda…)

Very loyal

Likes to think things though

Very respectful to elders and those who are over them (Keeps the ‘sir’ even whist snarking)

Smart

Cautious

Puts others needs before their own

On the quiet side

 

Dallas Knight

On to my own book characters! (sorry, no pictures here) Dallas is a work in progress, but is still very much in this category, so I couldn’t resist. Dallas is a sidekick to the town’s celebrated “Amazing Man” and an attendee to a local Superhero school. He has short range teleporting abilities, but he is unable to control it and it happens when he’s nervous. Therefore, he is bullied. Therefore, he has low self-esteem. Therefore, he of course has something more to his past and his abilities. Therefore, he has a story. That story is called “Just a Sidekick” and I will share it as soon as I’m done.

Some of the traits in Dallas include:

 

Being the sidekick

Sarcastic sense of humor

Takes danger very seriously

Bullied

Very loyal

Likes to think things though

Very respectful to those who are over them

Smart

Puts others needs before their own

On the quiet side

 

Magma

Magma is another one of my book character from an already published book: Odd Team Out. He’s basically the only restorer of order among his rowdy cyborg friends and likes to stay in the background because he was bullied when he was little. Some of the traits in Magma include:

 

Not much of a sense of humor

Taking danger very seriously

Bullied

Very loyal

Likes to think things though

Very respectful to elders and those who are over them

Smart

Puts others needs before their own

On the quiet side

 

And there are a few girls classified in this category as well, so here are some of the ones I could think of.

 

Lady Carliss

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From Chuck Black’s Lady Carliss and The Waters of Moorue, Carliss is a very skilled archer and swordswoman, and never hesitates to use her skills against the warriors of Lucius. She is quiet and thinks of herself as such, but in the book she has a hard time struggling with her feelings for Sir Dalton.

 

Having something to hide (feelings for Dalton)

Not much of a sense of humor

Taking danger very seriously

Loyal

Likes to think things though

Respectful to elders

Smart

Cautious

Puts others needs before their own

On the quiet side

Elsa the Snow Queen

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From Disney’s Frozen Many of Elsa’s very prominent personality traits are on my list and it was hard to ignore. So here it is. Elsa is very much on the quiet side, to the extent that it hurts her sister’s feelings. She’s a lot more emotional that a lot of characters in this class (Profile 1 Characters barely ever have “Let It Go” moments) She most certainly has something to hide, and has almost no sense of humor at all. I think Anna is the main character, so Elsa is probably the deuteragonist. As you can see, she fits the bill very well. Here’s her trait list:

 

Being the deuteragonist

Having something to hide (her ice)

Not much of a sense of humor

Bullied? (not sure on that one)

Loyal (to family)

Very respectful to parents

Cautious

On the quiet side

Emotional

 

 

So there you go! Do you have anyone you want to add to the list? If so, please comment below! (Seriously, please.)

~writefury

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88 responses to “Character Profile 1

  1. Hmm… why are there production photos of Hiccup with a short sword? Mostly, he just uses a shield! (At least, in “Dragons: Riders of Berk” and “Dragons: Defenders of Berk.” Hiccup’s shield is packed with so many clever gadgets (such as a grappling hook and line, bolas, crossbow which can launch stones as well as bolts, and so forth) that it would be impossible to name them all. I’m really sad that they didn’t put that shield in HTTYD 2. 😦 Still, the flame sword is pretty cool. It’s like an explosive device and a light-weight version of a lightsaber all in one. X-P And he doesn’t use it to destroy stuff, either–its main purpose is to help him train other dragons, though it can be used offensively. HTTYD 2 was all kinds of awesome. Also, I just saw Big Hero Six on Sunday and it was great! I swear, Hiccup and Hiro must be related… Both are kid geniuses, both of them are a bit sarcastic…. though, Hiro has more of a dark side… Forget the fandom mashup “Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons”, I want there to be Rise of the Guardians, How to Train Your Dragon, and Big Hero Six! (Not that Merida, or Rapunzel, are wimps by any stretch of the imagination, but… the boys steal the spotlight here.)

      • It is. 😀 It’s the sweetest, funniest movie. I have a feeling that it and “Incredibles” are the absolute staples of the superhero genre in animation. Who do you most identify with in “Incredibles”? I identify with Helen or Violet, depending on the day. In fact, I think it was “Incredibles” that sold me on superheroes in the first place…

  2. Hmmm… Cap also fits most of these. Only, his sense of humor is more ironic and self-deprecatory. (For much of his life, he felt as if he was playing second fiddle to Bucky, and he didn’t mind that.)

  3. D’AWWWWW!! Perfect picture. X-P
    Also, Horatio has a more wry, self-deprecating sense of humor. And Steve was in a more overlooked position for most of his life. 😉
    I wonder if swearing adorably (I did not even know that was possible before encountering Horatio, but it is!) is another trait common to Type One characters… 😛 Also, Steve only ever talks when he’s directly asked a question or has something important to say. He tends to be unintentionally reticent about himself…

  4. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Sif. 😉
    Obi-Wan:
    Being the sidekick or the deuteragonist (Anakin Skywalker is the protagonist, while Obi-Wan is more of a side character, but still my favorite :-P)
    Having something to hide (in the original trilogy, it’s the fact that he is a Jedi; in the prequels, it’s more that he feels like he has to keep his feelings hidden–he regards Anakin as his brother, but is a bit more logical and less emotional. He feels deeply, but he doesn’t trust his emotions much.)
    Not much of a sense of humor, if they do, it’s usually sarcastic (He’s a snarker. “You were right about one thing, Master–the negotiations were short!” Also very self-deprecating.)
    Taking the danger of the situation they’re in very seriously (Sometimes Anakin doesn’t seem to grasp the situation, but Obi-Wan is, like Steve Rogers, pretty much a tactical genius and always has a plan. Of course, Anakin never follows it, preferring to improvise and often getting them into trouble. :-p)
    Being bullied (in the Jedi Apprentice books, we learn that, though Obi-Wan has a circle of very close friends, due mainly to his kind personality and loyalty, he’s often picked on by other Jedi Initiates, such as Bruck Chun and Aalto. He’s a bit clumsy, not having grown into the incredible warrior he will become, and thus they make fun of his name and call him “Oafy-Wan.” NOT NICE.)
    Very loyal (EXTREMELY loyal. He would die for those he considers friends, and he would never betray his vows as a Jedi–unlike Anakin, who goes out and gets married in secret. Fortunately, his willingness to give his all in a cause is tempered by a lot of good sense–while a bit impulsive, he’s not going to recklessly throw his life away.)
    Likes to think things though (he will take risks, but only when they’re well-calculated, and if anything, he tends to over-think things.)
    Self-critical (very much so. He’s considered to be the ideal of what a Jedi should be–at least on the surface–but he still sees himself as far from perfect, or worthy.)
    Very respectful to elders and those who are over them (yup. Though, he will up and tell you “That’s nonsense” if you’re being an idiot.)
    Smart (Oh, yes. He’s very bright, but in a different way from Anakin. He’s more intuitive, for one thing.)
    Cautious (again, he tends to only take well-calculated risks.)
    Puts others needs before their own (EVERY. LAST. TIME. Even if it’s someone he doesn’t like, or an enemy, he’ll still show them kindness or mercy.)
    On the quiet side (very common); (Oh, absolutely. He’s not much of a talker, but he can be really persuasive. The dark side of this part of his character is that he’s a bit manipulative, and very used to getting his own way when he makes a stand for something. Which, while he’s not selfish or anything, means that he can be taken by surprise when he doesn’t get his own way.)
    Stubborn (duh. He’s too stubborn to just lie down and die, or he wouldn’t have lasted the Clone Wars.)
    And Sif… She’s a bit of a complex character, but yeah.
    Being the sidekick or the deuteragonist (yup. She’s a side character, something of a foil to Thor, I think.)
    Having something to hide (umm… not sure what that would be… but it wouldn’t surprise me!)
    Not much of a sense of humor, if they do, it’s usually sarcastic (Oh yes. She’s got the serious thing down, though she does sometimes snark.)
    Taking the danger of the situation they’re in very seriously (she’s not an uproarious person.)
    Being bullied (well, she’s a girl and a warrior. Of course she was going to meet opposition.)
    Very loyal (to both Asgard and Thor, but her first loyalty is probably to Thor.)
    Likes to think things though (not reckless, she wouldn’t have gotten this far if she was.)
    Very respectful to elders and those who are over them (Sometimes. When it suits her. :-P)
    Smart (Like I said, she wouldn’t have gotten this far if she wasn’t.)
    Cautious (see above.)
    Puts others needs before their own (she was willing to fight on, even when she was injured, to protect the others in “Thor.”
    On the quiet side (very common) (Maybe not so much. She’s a woman in what tends to be a man’s world.)
    Oh, and Peggy Carter, too! For mostly the same reasons as Sif. 😉 Though, if anything, she’s a bit cooler than Sif. After all, she fired off four shots at Captain America to test out that shield. X-P

  5. OH BOY. We need to add a type four. Basically a combination of types one and two. Or, simply put, a type one masquerading as a type two. (Though it’s more complicated than that.)
    Because the Doctor has type one traits but also type two traits. He’s mostly type one, I think, but he pretends to be type two in order to fool enemies.

    • I actually have a list of type 4s. But it’s not the way you’re putting it. It’s a boy type, like type 3 was all girls. The funny guys. The optimists. The sometimes clumsy ones. The misunderstood. The quirky. The ones with such awesome smiles you just want to jump in and hug them. To name a few: Cobalt, Wreck it Ralph, Captain Haddock, Lord McDougal, Archie Kennedy… It’s hard categorizing these guys, since the quirks differ so vastly.
      I have a few more types planned after that. Your idea sounds great, though… what other characters would you suggest?

      • Okay. Type five, then. 😛
        Well… let’s see. Well, probably Gandalf. He shares both Type One and Type Two characteristics. (Aragorn is actually a type two, did you know? So is Qui-Gon, come to think of it. He’s a bit more serious than other people on the list, though.) I know there are going to be others… Anyway, this character type (with the Doctor and Gandalf) tends to be rather mercuric and seems to be a bit bipolar at times, but that’s mostly because they’re shifting from one topic to another much faster than anyone else can follow. They also tend to be very intelligent, and might have borderline-sociopathic or unfeeling tendencies, though that’s normally because they forget to stop and think about other people’s feelings. Empathy doesn’t always come easy to them–even if they’re like the Doctor and care an awful lot even about the person they only just met, they still sometimes forget about other people’s feelings or struggle expressing their feelings, or have a hard time demonstrating compassion, even if they feel it very deeply. They can be a bit ruthless at times, and their apparent sociopathy sometimes comes from the fact that their emotions work a little different from other people’s–maybe they don’t feel revulsion when poking through something disgusting in the same way, or when they’re happy they’re euphoric, or if they’re sad, then they’re actually depressed. Their emotions may be either seemingly lacking, or more intense than other people’s. They might also have a single-track mind–they focus intensely, intently on one thing at a time, to the exclusion of everything else and multitasking can be extremely difficult for them. The extremity of their characteristics varies a lot from character to character. Actually, I think Obi-Wan really is a type five. So is Sherlock Holmes (John Watson is a Type Two 😉 ), possibly Mycroft Holmes as well. Type Five tends to sometimes neglect their physical needs due to their total absorption in the problem they’re working at, or do odd things when it comes to personal care (e.g., fall asleep in the tub, walk around with a damp towel wrapped around their heads, even long after it’s gone cold, or eat meals at odd times or strange things for those meals–aka spaghetti for breakfast, or in the Doctor’s case, custard with fish sticks, apparently… or even just get up at two a.m. just for a cup of tea.) They tend to be perceived as eccentric or just plain odd by other people.
        OH! SYDNEY CARTON! He’s textbook type five, only we don’t see him so much… of the central characters in “A Tale of Two Cities”, he has the least exposure but worlds of development. He never did his own schoolwork, only other people’s (for the odd factor). Ironically, it’s Sydney who is the real protagonist of “A Tale of Two Cities.” He’s really interesting, too– the “jackal”, the man who wasted his life but at least made something worthwhile from its ending.
        Here’s some type two characteristics that Qui-Gon exhibits: Planner–though he improvises a lot, that’s still the same thing; courageous, sense of humor (he actually does think Obi-Wan’s wit is funny), active (despite being sixty years old when we first see him, his chosen combat discipline is Ataru, which is strongly based on acrobatics and gymnastics and swift, complicated movement), and his temper sometimes leads him to clash with young Obi-Wan (they’re both extremely stubborn and with quick tempers). He’s like the incredibly awesome uncle you always wanted, and even though Jedi aren’t supposed to seek out adventure, Qui-Gon would gladly take you on one if you asked.
        Aragorn doesn’t have much of a temper, but you can check off just about every other attribute on the list for him. He does tend to take danger very seriously, though.
        From what you said about type four, I think Will Treaty from the Ranger’s Apprentice series is a type four, and Gilan is as well. Halt is a type one, I think. (That was probably all greek to you, sorry.)
        John Watson… he’s more even-tempered, I think, but if you act up or threaten Sherlock or Mary he’ll punch you into next week. And you couldn’t make him give up the adventurous life if you tried. (In the BBC show “Sherlock”, John’s therapist thinks he has post-traumatic stress disorder, but his problem is really that he loved being in the army and he misses it desperately.)
        Another thing about type twos: they go really well with type five. Not least of all because they’re at their best with someone else to take care of (HEY! You should add that to their list of traits! They are more complete when taking care of someone else. Bucky took care of Steve, even after Steve became Captain America. Qui-Gon tempered his brilliant Padawan’s zeal and stopped Obi-Wan from making himself sick from thinking too much (that’s another trait some Type Fives exhibit–they sometimes make themselves, quite literally, sick from worrying or thinking.) John Watson is Sherlock’s primary caretaker. Pepper Potts (from the “Iron Man” movies) is another type two and she’s always taking care of Tony (who isn’t quite a type five, he’s more “plain jerk” than “eccentric jerk”.)

        • Maybe you should just do a guest post on this type. 😉 I think you’ve got a better idea going than I do. Or just put it on your blog and link me. 😛 I don’t know a lot of the characters you mentioned. It’s been forever since I watched starwars, I’ve never read/seen lord of the rings, and my dr. Who knowledge is very limited. OH! But I have a few to add. Westley and Inigo 🙂 And I’ll keep my eyes open for more.

          • Okay! I’ll send you a draft through the email I have for you! 😀 *is super excited as I have never done a guest post before*
            Westley and Inigo? Sounds good. I’ll do character reviews and see what I can add! 😀
            It’s been a while since Star Wars? Okay, same here… but you have never read LOTR?! *gasp*
            Oh, and you can tell your parents that, if it’s the magic angle that’s the problem, there’s never really any magic. Just things that seem like it, some of which are actually magic and also truly evil (aka the Ring), and some of which are pretty much, essentially, God’s messengers, like Moses, Elijah, an Angel of the Lord, or prophets. Gandalf sets a few things on fire, but he’s not human–a Wizard is actually, essentially, a physical manifestation of an angel (an angel in human form–well, it’s a bit of a long story. In the beginning, the Valar, servants of Eru (also called Illuvatar), the One–they were created creatures, essentially angels–came down to Ea, Middle-Earth, to shape it in preparation for the coming of the Children of Eru–Men and Elves–I’d stress here that the Children of Eru were created by Eru, and the Valar were stewards of Ea in preparation for them. The Dwarves came to be when one over-eager Vala tried to shape what he thought the Children of Eru would be like, but Eru gave them life when, in obedience, the Vala was prepared to destroy them–a bit like the story of Abraham and Isaac, I think. Anyway, the Istari were really lesser Valar (also known as Maiar) who took human shape in order to walk among men and protect them from evil–they took human shape in order to aid humans, elves and dwarves in the war against Sauron (himself a fallen Maia.) So, basically, Wizards are angels that have taken human form, in “Lord of the Rings.” You will never see a human cast a spell–they do make things that seemingly have magical powers, but they don’t use magic, per se. The Elves have powers of farsight that they can convey to other people, perhaps through the use of a “scrying pool”–the Mirror of Galadriel–also it’s implied that they can read minds or share thoughts with one another without speaking–but they don’t use magic, per se. It’s all very ordered, and any person who attempts to use magic (such as Gollum, the Witch-King of Angmar, or the Mouth of Sauron–or, for that matter, Sauruman)–basically, anyone who “gets greedy”–meets a horrible end as well as having to face terrible consequences. In fact, Galadriel comes close to rebuking Sam for using the word “magic”–“I do not understand what you mean. You appear to use the same word of the devices and machines of the Enemy”–implying that Sauron’s power-hungry ways are essentially different. Basically, in Tolkien’s work, “magic”, when used applied to Sauron or Sauruman, is essentially the basic equivalent of greed and lust for power. The heroes in the story don’t use magic. Basically, they have abilities (pyrokinesis, in Gandalf’s case–unusually sharp senses bordering on extra-sensory perception or even precognition in Legolas’s–farsight (which you could also call a prophetic gift) and hard-earned skill in Aragorn’s, and good sense in Sam’s–he denies the Ring, refuses the lust for power!!!!–those are their gifts that they use to fight the enemy. At its heart, it’s a story about how the lust for power–especially occult power, as personified in the One Ring–destroys. I can’t recommend the movies–they’re very violent and seem to imply a different understanding of “magic” and overly-dramatic and fantasy-cliche in parts, in my opinion–but I HIGHLY recommend the books. Like C.S. Lewis, the only “good magic” going on is really, at its heart, essentially the power of God–Gandalf was given those abilities to fight the war, essentially as Eru’s messenger!)
            Sorry, that was complex. :-S I just love the way the Lord of the Rings sets its natural order so that “magic” and everything pertaining to it is evil. (LotR frames everything that relates to the occult, the trappings and paraphenalia, and everything people used to believe about witches as evil. I love the way it does that. It also carries a warning that anything could be corrupted, or anyone–if they don’t stay vigilant they will succumb to evil. The saddest thing is that the message is there, and people who read for just entertainment MISS IT. :’-( )
            If you want to read more, read “Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture” by Michael O’Brien. He does a much better job of explaining why LotR is the best work of fantasy in history than I do. (I believe that he put his analysis of LotR toward the end of the book, where he explained that people who compare LotR with Harry Potter are missing the point.)

          • Sweet! Can’t wait to see it! 😀
            Well, actually, my dad used to be really into the LotR stuff and we just decided it was becoming a bit too much of an obsession, and my sibs and I were pretty young at the time, he didn’t want to scare us with the movies. So if I have questions about LotR, I always ask Dad, but the family conviction is to generally avoid it. Not like in freak out “it’s-so-magicky-and-evil” way, just not our thing. 🙂

          • Oh, okay. 😀 I’ve met a few people who didn’t want to read it because of the magic aspect. 😛
            I’d start by reading the books. Or, actually, start by reading “Roverandom.” It’s a bit more manageable. There’s a collection of Tolkien’s shorter works on Amazon under the title “Tales from the Perilous Realm”, which features “Farmer Giles of Ham”–satire at its best!–“Leaf by Niggle”, a bit more philosophical, biographical story, “Smith of Wooton Major”, an exploration of what it means to be human, imagination, and passing on the torch which I highly recommend–it’s got that same sort of feel of huge, majestic things just barely out of sight, that it’s part of a larger world, that people remark on in “Lord of the Rings”–a collection of poems, “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil”, and a scholarly paper Tolkien wrote about fairy tales. Oh, and “Roverandom”. “Roverandom” is a child’s story which was written for his son, who was inconsolable upon losing his toy dog when the family was on vacation. It’s a charming story, the humor is a bit reminiscent of “The Hobbit” in places, and it’s not really scary or intense. It’s also got the sort of surreal feeling of incredible things in the distance as well. I’d suggest just reading those, to get used to his style, before trying to read “The Lord of the Rings”, which was written in omniscient and has long blocks of descriptive text which some readers hate. They just don’t like his style, I guess. I did like it, though, and I actually read the whole thing in under nine days (which always impresses people when I tell them…) I loved the complex, detailed mental images his style conjured up, personally. 😉
            The Silmarillion isn’t as easy to read–it deals more with Elves and Men than hobbits–but it helps in understanding context, I think.
            Also, Tolkien’s beautiful love poem to his wife, “The Little House of Lost Play”, can be viewed online, and I highly recommend that as well. 🙂

          • Yahhhhhhssssssssss X-D
            (I just headed back to talk to someone I knew and we would use Lolcatspeak when talking via chat, so I’m just going back to that a bit, don’t mind my incorrect grammar it’s just a stage :-P)

          • *facepalm* lolcatz…. 😛 they’re funny, and I like the spelling, but I’m a diehard dog person. I’m just grateful they didn’t go and invent loldogz… XD

          • I Haz A Hotdog
            Um, no… good thing they never did anything like that… *giggles nervously*
            But did I tell you that, before we had to put him down, our big black lab Diamond was a superhero? Let me tell you, he looked SO GOOD in purple X-D

          • Type four? No, he actually seems to be a bit more of a type one, I think. Or a type two, I’m not entirely sure. I’d better go review the trait profiles… I think he’s type two, not type four. Archie is definitely a type four X-D

          • No, I meant for your type 5. But, type 2 works pretty well too. 🙂
            I KNOW! HE’S PERFECT! XD One of the traits I thought of as well is very obvious faults, but not character-wise. Take, for instance, Archie has sezures. Nothing to do with his character, it just can push people away from getting to be friends or know him.

          • Nahhhh, Bush is not conniving, and less metaphysical/dramatic. He’s more of the steady person who goes at Horatio “Horatio NO” when Horatio’s doing something stupid and then when Horatio’s recovering from getting banged up he’s like ‘You’re such an idiot” and Horatio says “I know that, but I keep forgetting it.” And Bush is like “You want a cup of tea?” “Yes please.” X-D
            YESSSSS very true *cries a little* Wait… Archie has epilepsy??? Maybe??? Interesting, we should petition the Disabled Persons people for extra air time because Archie is disabled. OH YES. We should poke them and say “Hey, there’s a character everyone forgets who has epilepsy and he needs more air time.” Or whatever. Anyway, equal representation right there. BWAHAHA. (I am so enjoying poking fun at everyone who whines about “unequal representation” in the media. SERIOUSLY. WE. ARE. TRYING. So stop bothering us about it! We’ve got it down, sheesh! One of my heroines is probably autistic. AND PEOPLE WANT TO KILL HER FOR IT. You know, like Hitler. And no one even notices me and what I’m doing. Heeheehee. Yes, I am a little crazy BUT I AM IN COLLEGE so I have an excuse :’-( )

          • I KNOW! Their dialog is so awesome. XD Bush has the best bluntly truthful answers to everything. And Horatio can easily talk with someone like that.
            Yes! That would be so awesome! 😀 but the series was filmed a while ago…. *sighs* we’re probably too late. 😦 Another obvious fault he pointed out himself is that he’s “a little prone to panic”. But no one hates him for that. Horatio and Bush are so coolheaded, we need someone to freak out ever now and again. 😉
            OH! Something I have to tell you. So, my brothers are all really into Legos, and my 10 year old brother made a frowny faced Archie for when he was in prison. He brought him out and asked mom who she though it was (she’s only seen the duel and the duchess and the devil.) Mom was like “oh, that’s….. Um…. Archie.” My brother went ” Yep!” And brought him back to the Lego room. Then mom looked over at me and said “I don’t know why, but I always have to stop myself from calling him Jamie. He looks so much like a Jamie!”
            Me: O_o Mom… You do know Archie’s actor’s name is Jamie Bamber, right?
            Mom: No! Seriously?!
            Freaky, huh? XD

          • Oh wow… X-D That’s such a coincidence…
            Did you know there’s actually a Lego theme based around Lego fans’ creations? So maybe Horatio Hornblower could still be a theme for Lego. I WOULD BUY THAT IN A HEARTBEAT. 100% on board if someone were to design and submit it ^_^ 1700’s wooden ships? Yes please! 😀
            And yes X-D ❤ my Archie. For a while there, he was the heart and soul of the show :-3
            I was thinking… if I were to, one day, in the future when I'm a (possibly) published author, if I went to a convention or something dressed as Horatio… would you come as Archie or Bush??? So then we could match… 😉 (I've got curly hair a shade lighter than Horatio's and with just a touch of red in it, but I'm too tall and fresh-faced to be anyone but Horatio, really… I'm exactly the same height as Ioan Gruffudd, in fact.)

          • That would be *calms self down* AWESOME! 😀 Definitely sometime in the pretty distant future, though. I’d totally go as Archie. 🙂 I have somewhat of an Archie-ish face. Blue-ish eyes, smallish nose, sideways grin and similar jaw line. My hair is closer to Horatio’s, but shorter and in a ponytail I could probably pull Archie off. 😉
            What if that was the first time we’d even meet each other? We’d both be just kind of mutually watching for british navy coats, and whoever found the other first would walk up behind them and tap on the shoulder. “Excuse me, Mr. Hornblower/Kennedy?” XD That would just be too perfect!
            What sort of convention are you talking about? I’ve only ever been to homeschool and ministry conventions before, no comic cons. 😛 But I’m planning on attending a writers’ conference in Surrey, BC, which I think is happening sometime in october.

          • Hooray! 😀 I’ve got the jawline thing going 😛 And the forehead. Nose… ehh, not really. 😛
            YESS LET US PROCEED TO MEET EACH OTHER THUSLY X-D I’ll give you a bit of a pointer–at 5’11, I’ll probably be the tallest woman at the convention. (Well, not quite tallest, but I’ll stand out from the crowd X-D
            Hmm… Not sure. Maybe writers’ conventions, maybe just fan conventions. Nothing too huge, to begin with. If there’s a lot of noise and people and I’m not with a friend I get bewildered and confused. It’s just overwhelming, sensory overload, that sort of thing.

          • Haha, yeah… Ioan’s nose is pretty distinct. Not exactly sure how nice that’d look on a girl. 😛
            I’m sure I’d recognize you. XD I’m very overlookable, though. 5’4″ and generally normal looking. Eh, I think the navy coat would take care of that. 🙂
            What are fan conventions like? We usually go to stuff as a family, and I’ve only ever heard of them, really. The writers conference has a rather vaguely unexplained costume night, so I’m not sure if that would be what they are thinking of. XD
            http://www.siwc.ca/faq
            Check under “What should I wear?” and decide for yourself. Not much there. 😛

          • X-D
            I don’t know, I’ve never been to one, either. Normally there are panels with major fandoms (like Marvel or Sherlock or Star Wars) which you can go to and ask questions of the cast, writer and director. (I literally want to go to some of those just to ask Iron Man “What’s the best brand of soda of all time?” Just to see how he’d react and also maybe see if I can get the rest of the cast to crack up.)
            Ehhh… you could probably go as a Disney princess and fit in. Or… you could dress up as a Jedi or an Araluen Ranger… Oh wait I forgot, you don’t read Rangers’ Apprentice… You can’t go far wrong with an Avenger though. 😛 Though I wouldn’t recommend being the Black Widow, just because there will probably be at least three there, and I’ve seen girls dressed up as the Hulk or Captain America for halloween 😉 )

          • Cool! Like, the actual cast, or is it just people dressing up? I doubt they’ll have a Hornblower panel. We’d be alone. The few. The proud. 😉
            I think they have some sort of unannounced theme to it. I’ve been thinking that an easy costume for the next time I need one would be Jo March. My mom has a snood I could use, and if they don’t announce the theme, I’ll be pretty safe at a writers conference. 😛

          • Mostly it’s just people dressing up, but the cast of various upcoming/recent movies are often there to answer questions, in plain clothes.
            😛 Or you could dress up as Charles Dickens!
            … no, don’t listen to me. I’ve just recovered from being half-poisoned by too much smoke.

          • Sounds neat! But, yeah. Definitely sometime in the future. 😛
            Seriously? Or in the mind palace? *pats you on the back* better now?

          • X-D I can’t wait. I hopefully will be less miserable with a horrible job then.
            Yeah, in real life, actually… Thanks 🙂 *hugs you* Happy Independence Day! 😀

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  8. Juliet “Jules” Fletcher. A middle-aged school teacher and single mother whose first instinct when faced with danger is to panic, Jules nonetheless becomes a hero when her daughter Annie is kidnapped. Jules races against time to find the kidnappers and get her daughter back, and nothing–not stupid red tape in getting a concealed carry permit, not her own relative inability to fight, not losing her current job, not burly henchmen, and certainly not incompetence in the officers of the law–lawyer or enforcer–will get in the way of getting her daughter back. At the end of the book, she and Annie will open a detective agency and the public schools will have to look for another teacher. 😛
    Basically, I had the idea, what if the movie “Taken” took place, not with a former CIA agent, but with an average white suburban parent? And worse still, a widowed adoptive mother. If I can pull it off, it’ll be brilliant. I’ll just have to remember to keep a balance of humor and seriousness.

    • That sounds awesome! XD The protective mother taking action. I mean, finally! The stay at home moms are awesome and totally worthy of a book! 😉
      Which will be harder to keep? The humor or seriousness?

      • Yus! X-D That was exactly what gave me the idea! 😛
        I don’t know which will be more difficult. It would be too easy to stray into comedy–given that Jules is, naturally, going to suck at first–but that wouldn’t be appropriate with the subject matter (aka kidnapping), and I don’t want to go too grim, either. The world is full enough of dark places without my forgetting to show the light alongside it.

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