It’s time for April’s Character Studies, this one themed with flaws. Will will (hehe, sorry) be our interviewee this time, a character from the epic sci-fi. For a little background information, he’s Taira’s cousin (you may remember her from last month’s Character Studies, Introductions with Taira) and he loves to play around with computers.
Character Studies is a monthly character interview hosted by Morgan Dusky from Studies in Character. You can find this month’s interview questions on her blog here and here.
Wow, you had to pull that out on the first question? Well…I worry about Taira and I’m sometimes afraid she’s going to accidentally allow herself to get hurt (don’t tell her I said that) . I’m afraid that one day I’m going to come back to my family and things just won’t be the same as before because I’ve changed too much. I’m afraid that Kai’s going to think he doesn’t have anyone who cares about him. And sometimes, I’m afraid that deep inside, I’m a monster.
And…that question just killed the lighthearted mood. I’m not going to be able to laugh my way through this, am I?
I like to think I’m pretty level-headed, but I’m probably not. Taira would say I’m not, definitely. I get frustrated when people won’t be careful in dangerous situations, even though I’m not cautious myself, and I get angry at Taira when she starts off with those self-deprecating comments. She says she doesn’t want me to pity her, but then she starts saying things like she’s a mutant, and I can’t stand it.
WHAT KIND OF THINGS WOULD MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR TEMPER?
The things I said above, and I guess people not doing as I say. I don’t mean to be bossy, but it sometimes turns out that way. One of my faults. Lana, why on earth did you choose the flaws interview for me? Do you want me to feel bad about myself?
IF YOU’RE ANGRY, HOW DO YOU (TRY TO) CALM DOWN?
Usually spending time alone and away from whatever bothered me helps me to clear my mind, especially if I’m working on a particularly difficult coding tangle. It doesn’t always help, though.
YOU’RE IN AN ARGUMENT WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND/SIGNIFICANT OTHER. WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
No significant other for me. But best friend…I argue with Taira when she’s trying to have her pity party, or if she really insults someone. I guess we do argue some of the time over things I say too, especially when she thinks I don’t spend enough time with other people.
I guess…it’s probably just what Taira accuses me. If I get started on a programming or hacking project, I can disappear into my room and stay there for hours and hours without talking to anyone. I don’t mind company while I work though…it’s just that I can concentrate on what I’m doing while talking to people, and others seem to find it annoying that I can hold an entire conversation while working on something else. Apparently it looks like I’m not paying attention.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR APPEARANCE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Lana, you should probably figure out my appearance. I mean, I probably wouldn’t change anything, because I look fabulous. Well, maybe my nose. I don’t like my nose–it’s kind of crooked.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY?
I like my personality too; I think I’m friendly and I hope that people like talking to me. If anything, I’d like to have less of a temper while still being spontaneous and fun.
YOU’RE WORKING WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE ON SOME KIND OF OBJECT. WHAT ROLE DO YOU PLAY? (LEADER, STRATEGIST, LABORER, ETC.) DO YOU LIKE YOUR ROLE?
Depends what kind of project it is. If it’s about computers, I’m the leader all the way. If it’s anything else…I’d probably try to be the leader but end up being the person who doesn’t do the work and just talks to the other people. Which isn’t really that bad of a job, if you think about it…
BONUS: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF ANIMAL?
Good question…I like cats. They’re friendly, but they’re not always begging for attention, which is really good if I get distracted. Plus, they’re soft and cuddly, and who doesn’t want something soft and cuddly to hold once in a while? (I probably should have said something more masculine there, but oh well.)
THE WORLD ENDED (LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY, YOUR CHOICE). IT WAS YOUR FAULT. IF IT HAD BEEN AN ACCIDENT, WHAT HAPPENED? IF IT HAD BEEN INTENTIONAL, WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY DID YOU DO IT?
[Lana inserts herself into the interview wildly screaming “PLOT BUNNNYYYY” and steals “The world ended” as a first sentence of a story if Shim doesn’t mind.]
Lana’s weird like that sometimes. Anyway, I think the world ending would probably be an accident? I mean, hopefully? I’m not exactly sure how I’d cause the world to end, unless Rick decided to blow it all up and I didn’t stop him in time…or something like that.
Or, well, if this interview is supposed to be deep, maybe it was on purpose. Sometimes I’m not sure who I am inside. What if I turn into some sort of crazy control freak who decides he has to take over the world and kills a bunch of people? Or…or something.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD RUIN A FRIENDSHIP FOR YOU? SOMETHING COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY INEXCUSABLE, EVEN IF YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND DID IT.
I’m kind of forgiving, usually, but…if they hurt someone close to me and didn’t feel sorry for it…it can ruin a friendship. It almost ruined mine with Taira, but we got past it. Barely.
SOMEBODY WANTS YOU TO DO SOMETHING YOU DON’T LIKE. WHAT’S THE BEST WAY FOR THEM TO GET YOU TO DO IT? (BRIBE, BLACKMAIL, ETC.)
Something I don’t like? Well, I’m usually more prone to do something if I know someone else is doing it too that I can talk to. And well, money doesn’t hurt either. Of course, if they’re not good people, blackmail’s probably the way to go. The reason taking hostage family members and threatening to kill them is so cliche is because it’s really, really scary.
SOMEBODY IS GETTING ON YOUR NERVES AND YOU REALLY WANT THEM TO GO AWAY BUT THEY DON’T SEEM TO GET THE HINT. WHAT DO YOU DO?
Probably just give them more and more obvious hints until they leave, or I’d make some sort of half-honest excuse of why I have to leave.
WHAT IS, IN YOUR OPINION, THE WORST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE? WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?
Oof, that’s a tough question to answer. I think probably joining with the Delorems. I know I didn’t actually hurt anyone by doing that, but…I just wish that things had been different, that I hadn’t been the kind of person that would survive their initiation. It’s not the sort of thing that a good person should be able to do…and I did it.
SOMEBODY YOU USED TO TRUST BETRAYED YOU IN A BIG WAY, AND THEN BEGS FOR YOU TO FORGIVE THEM. DO YOU AND WHY OR WHY NOT? IF NOT, IS THERE SOMETHING THEY COULD DO TO GET YOU TO CHANGE YOUR MIND?
Yes, eventually, but forgiving is different than trusting again. I want to say that I’d be willing to trust them again…but I’m not so sure that I would. I probably wouldn’t trust them with big things again, even though they might still be trustworthy.
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION ON LYING? IN WHAT SITUATIONS WOULD YOU LIE? WHEN DO YOU FEEL IT’S IMPORTANT TO TELL THE TRUTH, NO MATTER HOW PAINFUL IT MIGHT BE?
I think it’s okay to hide the truth sometimes, when it would hurt someone, but if it would really hurt someone, they need to know. That probably makes no sense…but I guess there’s a point where someone can live without knowing something and a point where someone needs to know something to keep living.
YOU’RE CONFIDENT THAT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING GREAT. WHAT COULD SOMEONE DO/SAY TO DESTROY THAT CONFIDENCE? WOULD YOU LET THEM KNOW THEIR COMMENT HURT YOU?
I don’t know that it’d completely destroy my confidence, but it would definitely hurt if they chose someone else to do it instead of me, especially if I’ve already proved that I can do something like that. And no, I probably wouldn’t tell them. I might try to do it myself, though.
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION ON LOYALTY?
Loyalty is important and a good quality to have, but taken to the very extreme it can be a little excessive. A decent amount of loyalty is good, though.
BONUS: DO YOU LIKE THE RAIN?
…Eh. I don’t really have an opinion on the rain…it’s just there, the water that falls from the sky and lets us live while simultaneously soaking us. It has its ups and downs.
Lana here again: What’s your opinion on what you’ve learned of Will? I think he might need some more work… Do you have any characters with similar views as him? Or any characters with totally different views? Have you done this Character Studies interview on one of your characters? Are you planning to? You should, if you’re not. The Character Studies interviews are a great way to get to know your characters.