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Hello BJD peeps!
So it’s been forever and a day since I’ve actually done anything involving my BJDs… like… they are still in a cabinet not touching the light of day. I’ve two good reasons for this. The first being my lack of free time. Christ I’ve been working so many hours recently my eyes feel like they are constantly crossed… even now I’m doing this at work. Bah!
My second reason is because the light of day aids in the acceleration of yellowing on resin. So. Yeah. In the cabinet they stay. Hehe
Just because I personally have been inactive in the community and art-fields doesn’t mean I’ve not been watching others… [creep mode activated]. I’m happy to see people posting and coming out of the shadows to wave and make known they are still alive… In my daily scrolls I noticed LadyTakara recently tagged me in her journal [Life updates] that really sparked my interest. Most deff you should check it out! It’s a nice read and a really good ‘makes-you-think” journal if you’re into creating back stories and characters.
SO. I’ll go ahead and just summarize that it was about “Mary Sues’” - Characters with no real flaws or seemingly ‘perfect’ characters – something that seems to get repeated often in the ‘character creation’ part of the internet. I can’t lie I’ve got some qualities in my own characters that fall into this category… and that’s exactly what this journal is about! Takara wanted to know about [tagged] peoples characters and if they had any major character flaws or characteristics – vices etc….
Now I’ve got several characters… so I feel like I’ll just shorten it down to my favorites (who happen to be my most developed) They are: Natalie, Ashley, and LeeAnn.
here we go…
First let’s start with appearance… this is probably Natalie’s only major ‘Mary Sue’ quality. She’s pretty much a model and the ‘perfect’ red-head. I know… Carrot red hair, green eyes, pale skin… I get it. Overused – but also common characteristics for ‘gingers’. So take that how you will.
So appearance aside lets hit up her personality… which could shock you a bit if you’ve followed my random short stories and photos of Natalie over the years. Natalie was, and might still be my most complicated character… Ashley is still a decent work in progress so he could easily pass her… but that’s for another time. Natalie is not outgoing. She doesn’t like people. She’s blunt. People are nervous around her… you get it. In her younger days there was a loss of life to her which turned her bitter cold and completely obsessive with her few friends… the shift in her personality caused her to lose further friends which made her more obsessed with keeping the friends she has… (James, LeeAnn, and Monty). Seemly confident, Natalie is actually extremely ‘clingy’ and can be extremely annoying and dramatic… thus pushing most people away… Her outer layers make it appear as if she pushes people away because she wants to, but in reality it’s her personality that prevents her from actually making friends.
True, most people Natalie wouldn’t like to hang around, but for those that she does like, she craves their attention. Long story short – Natalie is an attention-seeking drama-queen. She’s also secretly jealous of LeeAnn. BOOM.
Aka Mary Sue. Fuckin’ LeeAnn is a perfect example of a Mary Sue character. She’s popular. She’s a part-time model. She is usually very well dressed… decently smart. Bubbly attitude… you get it.
I created her for the single purpose of being a ‘Mary Sue’. Tanned skin and bleach blonde hair… think of that popular friendly girl from Jr. High that everyone liked and secretly wanted to be… that’s her. Her only ‘downfall’ is she’s secretly depressed due to her being ‘stressed out’ from being ‘popular’ yet ANOTHER common ‘perfect girl’ trait. I really have not much to say on her… the reason she’s even appearing in this journal is just to basically say “Yes, I know. She’s boring and completely unoriginal… suck it.”
Now that I sit here, attempting to describe him to you, I’m finding it hard. He’s still a work in progress – but also not, he’s fully developed in my brain, just not into actual words. I could act him out before I could describe him. His character probably taps into some physiological issue I’ve got developing… great. But serious forrealzies. Ashley comes across as an asshole… but he’s really not. He’s just… socially awkward. Once he starts to notice that he’s being weird… his reaction is to force people out… his actual personality is pretty decently likeable… however once characters move up the ladder getting closer to the ‘friendship status’ with him, he shuts down and can’t seem to get his head out of his ass… which frustrates him. Major frustration. Straight up scary… Random story there. So he get’s that he’s awkward, tries to fix it but it makes it worse, so he gets upset with himself and decides the best way to fix the problem of being awkward is to just force the person to not like him for being an asshole. Having control to make the person not like him is better than not having control over how he’s coming across when he tries to be nice. Did you keep up with that? He’s got control issues. [sdrcow’s head begins to throb as he frantically searches for words to describe deep-seeded characters.]
SO MAH BOY ASHLEY… Can I just say he’s somehow moved his way to my #1 character. For the longest time it was LeeAnn, then moved to Natalie… and now… I can’t help but like him… it’s probably because he’s so much more unique (compared to my other characters I’ve had anyway). His character allows me to grow and move more freely than my others… I’m not sure why, maybe because he’s a male and I can actually mentally relate to him… who the hell knows.
Let’s also mention that Ashley falls more into my ‘fantasy’ story than my ‘soap opera’ story… so that’s something. If you’ve not noticed yet, and I’m not sure how you couldn’t… Ashley is moody as fuck. (Seems like a reoccurring characteristic with the majority of my characters… hrm….)
Overall that’s a general out-line of my favorite characters. Maybe this has been entertaining for you, and I honestly encourage you to try this… forcing yourself to attempt to describe my character’s has also made me think a bit more and organize my thoughts on them… thus making their development a bit more fine tuned! Huzzah!
P.S. It’s like, super late and I’ve already hit my over-10-hours at work point… so I’m sure there are spelling /grammar errors all up in this bitch and I apologize… please be kind.
Thanks for reading!
EDIT: Crap! Forgot to tag some folks! Tagging you because I'm legit interested in hearing a few of your thoughts on this as well!