Beautiful People is a monthly character interview hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. It’s been ages since I’ve done a Beautiful People (let’s be honest, okay, I’ve only done two ever) but here’s to starting again! *clinks glasses of sparkling cider*
I wasn’t entirely sure who to do for this one, but after some talking, I decided that I would do it with Charles Bennett, a young politician and somehow both a minor and major character in the epic sci-fi. How does that work out? Who knows.
Anyway, he goes by Bennett (honestly, calling him Charles is the weirdest thing) and I introduced him in the most recent update of the Enhanced field guide: Enhanced: The Complete Field Guide, Part Two (Characters). Now, for the questions!
Oh! Also I decided to follow the example of some bloggers and ask Bennett the questions directly instead of answering for him. My comments are in [italicized brackets].
What’s your favourite book/movie/play/etc.?
[Pride and Prejudice, obviously.]
Um, no. *says something in Latin* It’s a play (and a movie) about life and death, revenge, pain, unrequited love, and heroism.
[Way to answer without actually answering what it is. It’s basically warmed-over Shakespeare without the cool language.]
Is there anything you regret doing?
I regret my naive view on life when I was younger–my belief that, somehow, I could make a difference to these people when they have never wanted to change.
If you were sick or wounded, who would take care of you and how?
[*cough* That’s a spoiler.]
[I mean, you haven’t met her yet, so…]
*ignores Lana* To actually answer the question…no one?
[Come on, there has to be someone who would help you if you were near death.]
*frowns* There isn’t anyone.
[That’s almost sad.]
Is there an object you can’t bear to part with and why?
Yes, lots of things. Old books, papers, letters, computer documents, journals…I keep them in a special place.
[You “forgot” to say why.]
I can’t stand to look at them…but I can’t leave them behind either. I need to know that I have something to remember them by.
What are 5 ways to win your heart (or friendship)?
1. Don’t fawn over me. [*raises eyebrows*] Okay, don’t be obsessed with me.
2. Be intriguing and interesting.
3. Be intelligent and able to carry on a knowledgeable conversation.
I can’t think of any more.
[You know, maybe you could put something like “kind” on there, because right now those three are sounding a whole lot like all of your politician “friends” and nothing real.]
Fine, I guess you’re right.
4. Believe in me.
5. Be willing to stick with me even when you disagree, even when times get rough, even when I tell you to leave. Just always be there for me.
Describe a typical outfit for you from top to bottom.
Nicely-styled hair, fashionable suit, polished shoes. Oh, and a smile, of course.
What’s your favorite type of weather?
Sunshine…when the world is warm and the trees are budding into spring, and there’s a tiny breeze [not enough to mess up your hair, of course], and everything just feels so alive and peaceful.
What’s the worst fight you’ve ever been in?
What if I don’t want to answer a question? *folds arms* People are allowed not to answer questions that reporters ask them.
[Just answer the question.]
Fine. It was when I was thirteen or fourteen…we were being stupid…and one of us walked off with a broken nose and the other walked off with a broken arm.
What names or nicknames have you been called throughout your life?
Bennett is obviously a sort of nickname. People began calling me that when I started attending political functions–lots of people are referred to by their last name. A couple of people call me Ben, but not many. When I was growing up, I went by Charles, and my family called me Charlie.
What makes your heart feel alive?
Changing someone’s mind. Showing them what is the right way to think and view a problem, showing them the solution and convincing them that it is right. Disputing their opinions until they believe like me.
[Come on, Bennett, actually answer the question.]
…The time I’ve felt the most alive is the time I’ve spent making a difference in other people’s lives. That time I spent in the Outer Regions…those smiles I got in return…they were some of the happiest moments I’ve ever had.
[And you still came back.]
Of course I did.
How do you like Bennett? Very mysterious, is he not? Indeed, he tries to avoid all of the questions…or lie about them…he’s pretty good at that. (Oh, stop glaring at me, Charlie.) Thoughts on [my brackets]? Annoying or amusing? What do you want to know about Bennett? I can probably force him into answering in the comments…
As always, thanks for reading!