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  •  Characters that seem real (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Diana in NoVa

    would, to me, be unnecessary in literature.  I want characters who are believable, but not real.  Most of the real people I know would be very boring in a book.

    That said, there are a number of characters I would have no trouble seeing as real, just with more interesting stories.

    "Biff" (Levi bar Alphaeus) from Christopher Moore's book "Lamb" behaves as a real person would, and I know a number of people like him.  The same can be said of most of Chris' characters.

    Tanya Huff's Victoria Nelson survives (mostly) some extreme stuff, which puts her above the average, but is portrayed in a way that makes her not just credible, but someone it would be interesting to meet.

    Karrin Murphy from Jim Butcher's harry Dresden books is played very well, with the strengths and frailties that make a person, and is the kind of person I have run across, except for the whole harry Dresden thing.

    But those people are not what I read for.

    Gimme Sethra Lavode, or Lord Vetinari, or even Lazarus Long.  Or even Solomon Short, for that matter.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:14:13 AM PDT

    •  Thanks, trumpeter! An interesting point of (1+ / 0-)
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      view.  I think most fictional characters are (with some notable exceptions) believable--at least, I find them so, but most, for me, exist only in their stories.

      "Real" to me means they're so engaging you wish they actually existed, so you could roar at jokes over dinner or together take a long, long walk that ends at some enchanting view.

      Thanks for stopping by--come again!

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:29:21 AM PDT

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