Fiction Characters: Victor and Vixen
When talking about characters, everybody gets excited. The characters in the movies, on television, and read in books become part of the audience’ consciousness as heroes, antagonists, and inspirations. Hence, they form significance in the study of arts, literature, and culture.
The books give readers Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), and the classic Huck Finn in Mark Twains novel (Huckleberry Finn).
In the cinema, actors and actresses are mostly remembered by the roles they play. Tom Cruise in “Last Samurai,” Jean Claude Vandamme in “Universal Soldier,” Kate Winslet (as Rose) in “Titanic,” and Al Pacino in “The Godfather.”
On television, Japanese animation created “ Doraemon,” Filipino wonder woman is “Darna,” and now, a blast in Korean drama “Queen Seon Duk,” with the antagonists and protagonists like “Mishil, Bidam, and Yushin,” etc.
Indeed, fiction characters had woven culture for all time.
In any form, writers give life to new beings in the stories they create.
Writing masters say that when one makes a character, it should be flesh and blood like people. In a real sense, the character must be with a resume, though in fiction. This will authenticate his/her existence (how they live): physically and emotionally.
Fiction has standards of creating good characters like plausibility, vitality, and motivation. Truly, the writer goes under the character’s skin, responds to his emotions, sleeps and eats with the character. One can hate and sympathize with the fiction characters. Most of the time, they even become heroes of culture’s thought patterns. That is how important characters make in every story, especially those that people can model In the end, the character may show some imperfections, as humans do, and valor as heroes do.
People would want characters who survive hard times, those who would educate them, and those who eke out courage from nothing, as in war and love stories. Or they would want someone they can never become in real life, or someone to model their wishes. Except in fairy tales and myths, fiction characters must be real people doing everyday chores.
Study for example Korea’s legendary stories on TV (real and unreal). The characters portray direct and indirect movements that let the audience sympathize with their actions. It is not “deus ex machina” or god in the machine that must prod the story but real creatures in fiction that moves. In today’s popular culture and high technology, “The characters should rock!”
In one of my stories (I have a few fiction stories), I have experienced the fright of one character, in which that character aroused the same deep feelings in me. It was indeed, very difficult, you even have to sleep in fiction. Rose Flores - Martinez 3.1.2010
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