- Posey posey, mmba.
- April 6th, 2011
I've decided it might be time to start writing regularly again, not just in the good old Livejournal (which I have had since 2004) but in general. I'm currently working on the character and story conceptualizations for a book I'd like to write. I just can't bring myself to actually write the thing, which is (as always) a battle unto itself.
The main character is supposedly a girl named Pepper. Named so because her parents were rather intense hippies who probably loved the beatles just as much as they loved strange hoodoo having to do with weed and other such narcotic monstrosities. The only problem with Pepper is that she's exceedingly practical. It's also very difficult to write any sort of well concieved romance plot between hero and villain in today's rape culture omg all the guys who stalk me are awesome and I want to date them (but not really, but yes I do...)
You get a lot of these weak ass females (a trend that became very popular with the dawning of the Twilight books) parading around, sucking their bottom lips and waiting to be saved by creatures that want to eat them. It oftentimes causes me to wonder how many of these 'she's kinda boring but really pretty but not really but yes really and omg omg she is the only teenager in the world to seduce hundreds of year old hooka demons' ninny folks are running around the literary demension. There are so few strong women who genuinely do not want to have anything to do with the strange circumstances surrounding them. One of the only characters that's come close in popular YA lit(loathe as I am to admit it) is Cassandra Clare's Isabelle who is entirely TOO take charge and over the top to succinctly balance the more emotional and desparate Clary. (Who spends most of the books doing completely nutso things to save her soulmate of sorts, who is essentially a rehashed Fandom!Draco with less of a penchant for leather pants and even MORE self flagellation).
(...Also curly hair).
What I would like to do is write a lady who doesn't take shit but isn't a total bitch. In a world of clichés and the things that make people tick and tock it is very hard to characterize anything outside of the written word's status quo.
And the villain being an inanimate object sort of makes the entire thing that much worse. The 'big bad' so to speak, is a music box. One could say that the carrier of the box could be classified as the face of the evil, but he's sort of the weak one in the entire relationship trifecta. The guardian, if you will, of a rather horrendous evil that sort of corrupts everything and everyone around it. Think Frodo and the one ring except with more music, fewer (read, no) elves, and less cracks of doom. Maybe even closer to gollum, because this guardian owns a Mac and as an Alienware/Fully retoolable PC toting gameophile, you can imagine how I feel about Macs.
The main character is actually rather young (perhaps early to mid twenties), but very practical and exceedingly intelligent when it comes to that which has rules. She will be hard to write, I think, because of this practicality. It will be hard for me to translate my rather extreme emotional sensitivity into her less than stellar comprehension of the human beings that live around her. So I suspect I am in for a challenge when it comes to expressing her own form of sub-genius human to human interaction. I'll likely use the way my father in law interacts with others as a sort of study for this. It may or may not work, but unlike the vast majority of my internet cohorts, I have no great background in intense psychology outside of the rather long sessions I sat through in my adolescence.
Mmm, I've been writing for a while now and require a strong americano, so I'll be going to go have one of those along with a cigarette in preparation for dealing with Pepper this evening.