If you are unfamiliar with the Beautiful People meme, it could be summed up with the subtitle “In which we writer folk do our best to answer a list of questions (provided by the afore mentioned bloggers) about our dear, sweet,
Today I will be talking about… a nameless protagonist.
“Ah,” you say, knowingly. “You don’t wish to disclose his name. You need to protect his identity.” And you therefore deduce that he is employed by a top-secret organization and also wanted dead by sixty-three governments who have sent out assassins to dispose of him.
Actually… he just doesn’t have a name. It’s a problem I have. I write almost everything in first person and then I forget to name the narrator and then, what do you know, they’ve been around for two years and they still don’t have a name.
BUT MOVING ON.
The story is basically about two boys who play chess and a girl who listens to Beach Boys and draws and everyone hangs out at The Chess Cafe and eats sandwiches.
I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS NOW!!
1. What are they addicted to/ can’t live without?
His routine. Everything in his life is mapped out. He always does things at the same time everyday. He has specific days that he goes to the Chess Cafe and specific sandwiches that he always orders on those days. He has certain times that he does certain homework. Even his free time is mapped out.
2. Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.
Positive: A good listener, well-mannered, and reliable
Negative: He’s passive, he doesn’t understand…. anything (emotions, people, life), and… he doesn’t really have a life
3. Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?
Yup. He keeps all his school homework from the last 2 years. ALL OF IT. Because what if he needs to refer back to it someday?
He has files of it. In his parents filing cabinet.
Just wait. Someday those old math time sheets are going to be super important.
4. If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?
Clearly. He FILES his old homework.
Where did this kid even come from.
5. What frustrates them about the world they live in?
What frustrates him?
We’re talking about a character who isn’t even quite aware that he has emotions.
I guess, later on in the story you could say he is frustrated by how frightfully messy the world is. But even then, he’s not really frustrated. Mostly just confused and sad.
6. How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?
A night out for him would probably be going to some social event or nice restaurant with his parents. So I guess he would probably wear… black slacks and a blue button up shirt. And he would comb his hair back (shush, hair is part of dressing).
For a night in? Probably still slacks and a button up shirt, though maybe not as nice and he wouldn’t be quite so fastidious about making sure his shirt was tucked in. He might wear jeans, but never any with threadbare knees or holes.
7. How many shoes do they own and what kind?
My first instinct was to say loafers and then I realized I didn’t actually know what loafers were.
One quick google images search later, I can stand here and say in full confidence that the kid wears loafers.
As for how many, he probably has two pairs: one black, one dark brown.
8. Do they have any pets? What pets do they WISH they had?
He has no pets, but he’s never really wanted any either. If he did have a pet, it would be a goldfish. He would feed it at the same time every day and it would spend it’s life swimming around its bowl in circles, never doing anything unexpected or interrupting his perfectly planned out life.
9. Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?
Again, this kid doesn’t even know that he has emotions. He doesn’t really do resentment. The closest thing to it would be when a teacher changed the details of an assignment after he had already begun working on it. It was quite upsetting.
10. What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?
Just…. normal average fridge/pantry food. Milk, eggs, lettuce. Canned corn and green beans and pineapple. And such. His parents are basically the epitome or average ordinary. They have NO flare whatsoever.
Have you done a Beautiful People post this month? Do you relate to this character at all, or do you suspect he is actually a robot or an alien in disguise? Am I a terrible author for neglecting to name my characters? Do you have a name that you think would fit this character? Let me know in the comments!
(Serisouly. My English teacher named the protagonist of one of my assignments just by saying, “He sounds like a Roger.” And I was like, “OH MY GOODNESS THAT’S HIS NAME.”)