Beautiful People--May 2017 Edition
Hello again, my dears!
I apologize for my hiatus of sorts, I’ve been finishing up finales and all that jazz. High school is hectic, to say the least.
I’ve returned with yet another addition of Beautiful People (created by super bloggers Cait and Sky, check them out, if you please). There was not a new edition for April of this year, however there was for this month.
Before I begin, I want to address something. I’ve had a few people who read my blog inquire as to what books these characters were from, in that they thought my Beautiful People posts were some weird book review I was doing of characters from someone’s published book. That is not, in any way shape or form, the case. The Beautiful People posts are for characters of mine which I created for stories which I thought up and have not published. Here’s a quote from Cait’s blog explaining it a bit more; “Beautiful People is a writing blog meme which I co-host with the marvelous Sky @ Further Up and Further. We post questions at the beginning of each month (generally around the 5th) that you can answer on your own blogs! It’s designed to (A) help you get to know your characters better, and (B) share with us about your writing projects!” Now that that’s out of the way, onto the actual post>.
Now normally I don’t stick with the themes they give since they don’t list themes in the archive and I just take the questions from there, but this month since its new and I can see it easily, I shall go with the theme, which is parents (in honor of Mothers’ Day).
For this edition I shall dive into the dark comedy book I thought up after a storm. It’s got a delightfully long title, which is, “R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.—The Rainbow is Trying to Kill Me”. For those of you who don’t know, R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violent, which are the colors that make up a rainbow. It’s usually spoken, not spelled, and is pronounced “roy-gee-bih-vv”. Anyway, I’m answering for the main characters, Ames T. Hankel, her older brother Blue F. Hankel, and her best friend Maryanne S. Clark.
Now, here’s the picture, and on to the questions!
Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?
Ames got along great with them and was an excellent child, so it was very good.
Blue didn’t quite see eye to eye with them and they quarreled a lot, but at the end of the day they still had a familial love for each other that left the relationship decent.
When it comes to her biological parents, Maryanne only knew her mom, and she did not like her at all, so quite poor. However, her relationship with her adoptive parents is stellar.
Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?
Yes, Ames and Blue both knew their biological parents.
As aforementioned, Maryanne only knew her biological mother. Her mother was a prostitute who spent most of her cash on drugs and alcohol, and her father was some unnamed guy she gave her services to. She gave Maryanne up for adoption when she was six, so Maryanne has memories of her mother, but none of them are good. She resents her mother greatly, but honestly couldn’t care less about her biological mother and father. It affected the first seven years of her life quite miserably, as she was malnourished and surrounded by her mother’s lifestyle. The orphanage was better than being with her mother, but Maryanne still thought it to be miserable. However, she was adopted by her parents shortly after turning 7 and has lived happily with them ever since, living a normal life. Maryanne considers her adoptive parents to be her real parents through and through, so I’ll be referring to them as her parents in the following questions.
How did their parents meet?
Brian and Winnie, Blue and Ames’ parents, met at a drama club in high school. They became good friends but didn’t actually start dating until after college.
Corey and Phoebe met at a charity drive in their town, and they charmed each other with personalities and bonded over hobbies, so they went out on a limb and started dating after knowing each other for about a week, much to the eye-rolling of their acquaintances.
How would they feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?
Blue would give an awkward laugh and mutter something like, “I hope not.”
Ames would probably smile and express gratitude at the thought.
Maryanne would beam and be a very happy camper, and go home gushing to her parents about it.
What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?
Blue is 20, and when his parents were his age, they were doing college and silently realizing they liked each other.
Ames is 14, and her parents were dealing with being high school freshmen.
Maryanne is 15, in which Phoebe was undoubtedly having a goth phase, complete with graveyard poem sharing. Corey was probably doing school and volunteering at the animal shelter
Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
Many things with in the case of Blue and his parents.
Besides the basic things like chores, probably not anything else adamantly for Ames.
Maryanne may have a different view point on a few matters, but no, nothing adamantly.
What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?
Probably Blue’s rebellious and strong-willed nature.
Feeding Ames’. Her metabolism was fast, and she her stomach was seemingly a bottomless pit.
Corey and Phoebe found it difficult to deal with Maryanne when she went through puberty. Lots of hormones and emotions to sort through, and they just want to mini-golf.
What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?
The memory of Brian teaching Blue to snowboard.
Ames’ memory of her parents singing along to songs in the car before they were t-boned, and then Winnie’s dying groan for Brian who didn’t answer because he was already dead. Witnessing your parents’ death and knowing you probably should’ve died as well is something that sticks with you.
The first adoption interview Maryanne had with Corey and Phoebe.
What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
Blue was very quiet and manageable, whereas Ames was stubborn and curious.
Maryanne was a screamer because she was a baby and didn’t know how else to express displeasure at her treatment.
Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?
Well Blue was both Brian and Winnie’s favorite color, so they were basically like “yep that works”. And they thought Ames sounded nice.
Guess I have to answer with Maryanne’s biological mom. Maryanne was her best friend’s name.
Well, there you have it! Hope you enjoyed getting to read about the characters! Also, kudos to anyone who clued together the title with Blue’s name.
Thanks for reading!
(Fun fact; this post has 1183 words!)