Monday, 28 September 2015

Beautiful People: Jem

Here I am, sneaking in at the end of the month with Beautiful People!

One month I shall post before the 10th.

This is not that month.


As per, I'm posting about the Untitled WIP!


Corrie is my MC and narrator, and I've BP-ed about her a few times. The other MCs are her three best friends, Freddie, Mel and Jem. I've posted about Freddie before, and last month I did all four of them. If you want to read those posts, pop up to the page I Write and the links are there.

This month I'm writing about Jem! He is sixteen when the book starts and working as a messenger in Teyvanidan.

I always enjoy reading other people's BP posts; one thing I've seen a lot of you doing is posting from the actual characters' POVs. I've never done that before, but after being inspired by this genius post I'm going to give it a go! (The other characters may butt in. They do that sometimes.)

Jem never has been nor ever will be a narrator, but it will still be fun to get inside his head.

1. They’re in a crisis: who would they really like to see right now?
Jem: Depends on the crisis, I guess. Freddie can be handy, considering he can do magic--
Freddie: ~offended huff~ Is that all I'm good for?
Jem: Yes. Yes it is. Apart from you, Mel is the moral support, and Corrie has the ideas.


2. Are they easy to get along with?
Jem: ...
Me: If you decide to be nice, then yes.
Jem: I'm always nice.
Me: Well, that's categorically not true.


3. Who was the last person they had a deep conversation with? (I imagine this question means, at the point I'm writing at. I'm actually redrafting atm and Jem's not yet been introduced, so we'll take it from the end of Draft 1.)
Jem: Ah, yes, I remember. The night before the attack; the night before we all got caught. ~looks down~ His name was Jonathan Wray, and we'd become good friends. We spoke about the future: the future that, as it turned out, he'd never have. He was executed.


4. They’re in the middle of a huge crowd of people: how do they feel?
Jem: This is it, this is my element! You're anonymous in a crowd; you're one out of many. You're part of something greater. You're in the city, most likely. I love it.
Mel: Hear, hear!
Freddie: ~shudders~

5. Do they believe in luck or miracles?
Jem: There's little luck in the world, but there's no such thing as miracles. There are no gods.

6. Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
Jem: I suppose. There's a family on our left, lots of kids, I help out when I can--
Freddie: What a saint.
Jem: Shut up, Freddie. They're nice people. On the right is three old sisters living together, pretty nosy but nice to me. They give me cake occasionally.
Corrie: So you love them.
Jem: Of course. I mean, come on. Cake.

7. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
Jem: Tellarik!* I want to go to Ces Aretel!
Mel: ROAD TRIP!
Corrie: There's a war on, remember?
Mel: Oh. Right. Yeah. Spoilsport.
*A country east of Ivaria, (the kingdom where the book is set). Ces Aretel is its capital. Its famous for its magic and wonderful culture.

8. How do they feel about their body?
Jem: What kind of question is that? It's not like it's something I think about ...
Me: ~rolls eyes~ Typical boy. He is pretty much right, though, it's not on his mind often, although he does wish he were taller.
Jem: I do not!
Me: ~nods wisely~ He does. Freddie is, like, a foot taller than him.
Freddie: HA!
Jem: That's a lie!
Me: OK, maybe six inches!
Jem: Three and a half!
Freddie: ~won't stop laughing~
Me: The other thing is his eyes. They're brown but one has a big colour pigment defect so it's nearly entirely hazel. Which I think is quite cool, but it's not what you'd call classically good-looking.

9. What is the cruellest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react?
Jem: I remember being about five and hearing my father tell my mother -- shout at my mother, I was listening when I should have been in bed -- that I was the only reason he was still with her, and he resented me every day. 
He left pretty soon after that.

10. What’s the kindest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react?
Jem: Huh. Tough one. 
Me: I SAY KIND THINGS ABOUT YOU! 
Jem: You don't count.
Me: ~wounded expression~
Jem: I don't know, though. 
Me: He can totally think of something, he just won't tell us!
Jem: Probably something Corrie said.
Freddie, Mel and me simultaneously: OOOHHH! CORRIE!!!!
Corrie and Jem: Shut up!

And with that I leave them. I SHIP CORRIE/JEM SO HARD THOUGH. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.

~***~

Well, that was excellent fun! I'll have to do it like that again. Now tell me: did you do BP this month? Drop me a link!

PS Stay tuned because on Thursday I am posting something gargantuanally exciting! (I think it is, anyway. Drop by and see if you agree.)

12 comments:

  1. Oh this is wonderful and hilarious. XD They sound like they have great banter together (which must be fun to write in the book?!!) I admit I am snickering at their answer to #10. xDXD
    Thanks for joining in!! It's awesome when people mix up the formats of the BP posts. GO GENIUSES, I SAY.
    Ahem.

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    1. They DO have great banter and it is very, very fun! XD I'm glad you enjoyed!

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  2. Haha the characters are really cute. ^ ^ And number three made my heart crack a little bit. :( Jem seems like an adorable little extrovert. I also gave you a follow on Blog Lovin' and Google. It's good to find you! This is why I love BP so much. I find people haha. XD

    storitorigrace.blogspot.com

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    1. They are very very cute. I don't know if Jem's an extrovert, though ... hmm. What I want is to take personality quizzes from their POVs XD

      Thank you so much! It was great to find you, too! :)

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  3. OH WOW! YOU LINKED TO MY POST! *covers mouth* I mean, thank you muchly! I'm so excited (obviously).

    This is so awesome! It made me smile the whole time through. #8 made me snicker! Do you know how many shorter guys I see? It's all cool, Jem. We love you no matter what your height. ;)

    I'm with Jem. Anyone who gives me cake is good in my book. Especially if it's chocolate.

    OH MY GOODNESS! THAT VERY LAST ONE WITH THOSE TWO ACCUSING THOSE TWO AND THE REACTION AND, AND -- You have to finish editing. I want to read this so badly. The ship is so shippable. I don't know even know where I'm sailing to, but I'm aboard!!

    Though Jem saying your nice remarks don't count is definitely something Oddball would do. See? He's snickering in my ear right now. Oddball, shush! Typical characters. We're the authors! What do you mean, we don't count?!

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    1. YEAH I DID! I loved that post :')

      I'm really glad! Aahh Jem :') And yes, cake. He's quite right.

      THAT'S SUCH A NICE THING TO SAY I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO BETA I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE I KNOW BUT I WILL SAY IT CONTINUOUSLY--
      Ahahaha!
      Really though.
      :D :D :D

      I know! So much rudeness. Absolutely zero respect.

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    2. I know. You'd think since we hold the power to make their lives better or worse, characters might act a little better.

      I EMAILED YOU BACK ABOUT SS PROJECT!

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    3. I'M SO EXCITED IT'S HAPPENING!

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  4. Awww, Jem is so lovable. ^_^ The whole crew has awesome banter, which is one of my favorite parts about writing friendships. But poor guy...there's some heartbreak in this story, apparently. :'(

    (Loved the format, btw!)

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    1. I know! I love writing them all together (which is upsettingly infrequent. Someone's always on a quest or missing presumed dead).

      Yes, there is! Oh, he breaks me :'(

      (Thanks, I'll do it again some time!)

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  5. This story sounds so cool! I want to read it now. :)

    I loved how you formatted the answers to the questions with your characters conversing. It was super fun and unique to read. :) They sound like a lovely bunch.

    :D

    -Jaime

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    1. Ah, great! That's what I'm aiming for! :D

      I'm glad you liked it. They ARE a lovely bunch (though maybe I'm biased ... )

      Thanks for stopping by, Jaime! :)

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Thanks for commenting! :)