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Pick a character I've written and I'll list the top ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing them that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.*

*I don't think it follows that if other people don't have those concepts in mind they're inaccurately depicting them. For what it's worth.

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Date: 2012-12-06 05:09 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ooh. Natasha Romanov.

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Date: 2012-12-06 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carmenwoods.livejournal.com
(D'oh, crap, that was me.)

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Date: 2012-12-07 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carmenwoods.livejournal.com
I loved reading this. Thank you!

1. Is that why she was so good with kid!Bruce? He wasn't exactly a "normal" kid, and maybe because of that it was easier?
3. She deserves all the hugs, too. :(
4. (My college Russian professor, though he did have an accent, still had a better English vocabulary than most native speakers. It was damn impressive - I could just sit and listen to him talk all day.)
8. D'aww. Cute and sad at the same time.
13. That is neat! When I read Bruce's interactions with Natasha, I was kind of delighted that he noticed that about her smile too, because I think it's adorable and full of character. (In fact I've enjoyed reading all of the characters because you do such a good job of making me see them, from Tony's intense gazes to Steve's unconsciously noble postures, and Clint's smile too. I love it.)
14. I like this one a lot too.

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Date: 2012-12-06 05:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gekko11
Draco, since yours is some of the best Draco characterization I've read.

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Date: 2012-12-06 07:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gekko11
This should be required reading for Draco writers!

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Date: 2012-12-07 12:37 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter

And--here's another really important part--for a good long while, he doesn't get to see the amazing things that Harry Potter does. At the end of the first book, he just gets told that Harry and his buddies did something amazing, and that's why his House doesn't get the House Cup. At the end of the second, he hears Harry did something amazing again. At the end of the third he doesn't even know anything has happened. From Draco's POV, it must look like Harry Potter is this teacher's pet suck up and show off, and that's really gotta tee Draco off in particular because Draco's trying to show off, but no one notices; Draco's trying to suck up, but no one likes him. They're all just swooning over Harry and he doesn't know why, when he was raised to believe people should be swooning over him--and Harry doesn't give him the time of day.
That faint grinding sound in the background? That's the sound of my world rotating on an axis it didn't realize it had. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :o)

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Date: 2012-12-08 02:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
One thing I noticed in the first movie, that I think may have skimmed by a number of people... Look at the very first interaction between Draco and Harry/Ron, and think about it from Draco's POV. He was very graciously offering Harry a chance to get in with the Right People, and Harry threw it back in his face in an extremely rude way. That would have pissed me off too! But because Draco is The Antagonist, that angle is never explored.

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Date: 2012-12-06 05:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] synecdochic
Bruce Banner!

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Date: 2012-12-06 09:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] synecdochic
Oh, God, *Bruce*.

#50-53 in particular break my heart.

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Date: 2012-12-07 02:38 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is officially the BEST MEME EVER because it means I got to read this.

Wow.

I am in awe of the amount of thought you put into writing these characters. Like, it was obvious already that you do, but seeing it laid out like this is stunning. Aaaaaaah your Bruce is my favorite forever.

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Date: 2012-12-07 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carmenwoods.livejournal.com
dammit why doesn't OpenID work for my first reply. Sorry again >

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Date: 2012-12-06 10:27 am (UTC)
jjhunter: Drawing of human J.J. in red and brown inks with steampunk goggle glasses (red J.J. inked)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Pepper Potts. :oD

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Date: 2012-12-07 11:10 am (UTC)
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Amazing - thank you. *curls coils of possessive love all over this meta*

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Date: 2012-12-07 12:58 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (Default)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Anyway, what I mean is that I try to view Pepper as someone coming from a completely different moral stance than a generic "I try to do the right thing."
24) I feel like Pepper really, really likes to win.
25) And that makes her do and try things she might not otherwise try.
26) And that when it comes to Tony, she really, really wants to win.
Coming back to say 'yes, yes, yes' and huh. (I am the adult who as a small child apparently said, ~age 6 in the context of checkers, 'If you're not winning you're losing', and then spent her teenage years trying so very, very hard to be genuinely good in all ways, and now as an adult is figuring out what is sustainable and enriching and satisfying when being good isn't the highest, well, good but retaining a sense of compassion and openness are aspects of myself I deeply value.) So I wonder, and try on for size,
10. I interpret her as someone who would simply not be interested in a lower stress job with less responsibilities or less impact on the world. Basically, being one of the most important figures in one of the most important corporations in the entire world is the only job that could make her happy.
11. Other things leave her fairly cold.
12. She fears that this makes her weird and different.
13. Which she is able to hide under a veneer of perfect amiability. She often doesn't talk about the things that make her truly passionate, and is able to converse with feeling, humor, and understanding on any number of subjects. She's very sensitive to other people's lives, concerns, and feelings, and is always considerate of them in every action she takes.
14. And all of this is perfectly sincere. She is a compassionate person and cares about things other people care about.
15. But they don't stir her deep down the way her job, career success, and power do.
because I don't think these quite map perfectly onto me, and yet there are aspects that really, really do, and it makes me wonder if the other elements might be more true than my personal mythology claims atm. (This is the problem with being a person who feels deeply and has historically suppressed or selectively channeled huge chunks of that emotion - the emotion takes on life-like aspects of its own, and now I am suddenly thinking of myself as a combination of Pepper Potts and Bruce Banner and that is a very, very bizarre way to start my day. Heh.)

Anyway, thank you so much for all this rich characterization food-for-thought.

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Date: 2012-12-07 08:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Anyways, I find that even when I write characters with whom I do not identify, such as Tony and Pepper . . . I end up identifying a lot in spite of myself.
This reminds me a great deal of an excellent piece of advice I got re: acting: to become someone else, you first need to deeply understand yourself. The more you understand yourself, the more precisely you can use your own personality and experiences as building blocks to emphasize or de-emphasize to bridge the gap between being yourself and inhabiting that other person.

To write is to call up little bits of yourself to act as the characters you write - how could you not identify in spite of yourself, even just a bit?

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Date: 2012-12-06 11:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stultiloquentia
I was going to ask for Draco, but someone beat me to it. Your answers are awesome, especially the rambling at the end about what Draco does and doesn't see of Harry in the books. I never quite put in in so many words, but I guess that'd be why all my favourite H/D stories are about the two of them forced into contact, slowly getting to know each other and realizing, conflictedly, "Oh. So that's what the big deal is. Oh."

Harry?

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Date: 2012-12-07 12:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stultiloquentia
Everything, but

The reason I ship Harry with Draco is I feel that if Harry learned that Draco was more than Harry thought he was, Draco would always represent for Harry that there are deeper truths than black and white. Every time Harry looked at Draco, he would see the world for all its colors, and once he saw it, he would never be able to unsee.

especially that. That's so cool.

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Date: 2012-12-07 12:45 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: closeup of library dragon balancing book on its head (library dragon 2)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
24) Harry gets upset when Ron and Hermione fight.
This is something that I think of in terms of Harry and relationships - he didn't grow up with a set of good role models re: how to disagree and express disagreement in the context of a romantic relationship in a non-destructive way. If Petunia and Vernon had a fight, they would probably take the aftermath out on him as much as each other. Would that be somewhere deeply buried in the back of Harry's mind when Ron and Hermione fight? or just a general anxiety that his two pillars of support whom he cares for deeply don't (at the very least surface-wise) act like his idealized version of what people in love (the parents he never got to know?) should act like.

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