Fiction Characters 2014

Character in real life matters a lot, but it also matters in fiction. Character creation, portrayal, description and expression are all meaningful. The nature of the art form being used influences the manner is which character can be known, perceived, understood etc..

We all know some real life characters and some fictional ones. There are also ones we may be overly or insufficiently sure of – mythical figures, gods, heroes, heroines and so on.

Where do we find fictional characters? Books, adventure games, plays, TV shows, movies, the comics and all too often at the office. OK, that last one was a bit cynical, but that’s how it goes.

Recently the big fiction characters in my own life have been the ones for a science fiction novel series that I’m now writing the second novel of for the series and a group of characters used in some Dungeons and Dragons gaming. Yes, I do that even though I am an adult. There was about a decade when I did not but my son likes it – he is imaginative and likes it. He plays online versions way more than I ever did or do, and we both play real time group and have played ‘traditional in person’ style. He likes to create characters. While we don’t deal with it all the same way, we both like creating and using characters in fictional settings. This goes beyond mere observation. I view reading as being between mere observation and the type of enactment and portrayal of stage actors. Movies and TV are a little different because in some ways they work like stage theatre but in other respects they really don’t.

Good news – It is Gezka Faucmerz

Posted by miriampia@rocketmail.com on December 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM )

Yesterday, we looked at how it is bad to perceive Gezka Faucmerz, or at least some of how it can be bad.  Today, let’s have a look at why it is wonderful.

From a safe distance, as a citizen of the Rejkyavikian Empire or as the Emperor himself, Gezka is one of more of the Empire’s top notch military.  Loyal to the core, primed and ready to give it their all, the Emperor’s military service the Naav has been facilitating the growth of the Empire for the past 100 years.  Great leadership helps achieve great things.  Nothing makes the lower ranks of soldiers happier than a leader who has been down in the trenches themselves.  Gezka has been genetically designed and fully trained to become this ideal form of leader.  The first 15 years of soldiers lives, they are cadets after which they get to war to learn the real thing.  Quickly they learn and as always with the Naav, the weak are weeded out and the strong carry on.

Into year 7, Gezka Facucmerz was progressing nicely having arrived as an officer when she crested over the first post adolescent flushes of adulthood.

Perfect for viewing in the parades, hundreds of thousands of Rejkyavikians have cheered as their Naav soldiers, including Gezka marched along celebrating the Emperor and the Empire.  However much the Interior Federation joked about the Emperor of Ice, Emperor Rejkyavik has been growing the largest and longest lasting human ruled interstellar empire more than 30 Light Years from Sol.