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Lady Esther
08-24-2007, 02:47 AM
If you could trade lives with one of your characters, which would you choose? If it meant becoming your character, and living his/her life from beginning to end?

I'd trade lives with my MC, Salomah, though I'd have to live without toilets and technology. I'd trade lives with her because I think her journey to saving her people from slavery is well worth taking -- though she is harassed, homeless, and almost killed in the process.

So, which character would you trade lives with, and why?

08-24-2007, 02:51 AM
Great question!

If I had to...hmm...possibly Ruby. It'd be cool to know what it feels like to turn into a vampire. But she's in my trunk novel and I haven't sorted out her book yet and probably won't for a long time.

Of the ones I think are readable...I'd say definitely not Eleanor even though things work out for her in the end, but I'd be able to handle swapping lives with Fern. She gets to kill people with impunity and she can shapeshift. :D

08-24-2007, 02:54 AM
Wow, awesome thread! Kudos!

I'd have such a hard time with this...but I guess I'd pick my only female MC, Morghan. She gets all the hot angels! Bah, she's such a hog.

Anyway, she's got a right shitty life for the most part, but the good parts are REALLY good, and basically being able to see Luke & Azrael...and sleep with them. Yeah, now that I think about it, the physical and psychological torture I would be doomed to deal with would definitely be worth it.

08-24-2007, 04:14 AM
Nope. I love my life already.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-24-2007, 04:21 AM
If I had to trade... y'all know how much I love Ol' Boy... but if I had to trade, I'd have to trade with Carolyn. She's lived countless lives, had history's most powerful men as lovers, has power of her own granted by Lucifer himself... yeah. Carolyn.

Shady Lane
08-24-2007, 04:24 AM
Oooh...hmm. Most of my characters have unbelievably crappy lives.

Probably Ian, my MC from Christmastime. He's the Gabriel in the baby Jesus scenario...which means he gets to leave the most unscathed.

08-24-2007, 04:30 AM
Interesting question, and it's helpful because it's forcing me to reconsider one of my characters. Most of my characters have gone through some pretty tough times. The most exciting character to trade with would be Gideon, my mage. I'd love to be able to cast magic. The safest character to trade with would be Chantal, his love interest. So far her life has been pretty sheltered, but that's going to change the longer she's with him.

Danger Jane
08-24-2007, 05:18 AM
I have a sick life.

My protag from V is vain and is going to get pretty screwed up by the end so I don't want to be her although she is very pampered.

My protag from A is Medea who murdered a lot of people including her little brother, but she ends up pretty happy; in one version of the myth she ends up in the fields of Elysium and in the other Hera gives her immortality.

Protag from SG is Aello who is a harpy who has a shitty time of it and has mixed blessings in the end but I'd rather be her because she can fly.

But I'm such a badass that I'd rather be Grace Slick than all of them.

08-24-2007, 05:23 AM

Whiny, sarcastic, self-absorbed, pampered and all-knowing cerulean cat? Hells yeah.

08-24-2007, 05:25 AM

Tough question.

Most of my main characters are male. I think I'd be cool to live as a guy for a while. Maybe Monty, who is a successful comic book writer/artist. But he gets seduced to the dark side and commits horrible crimes and tries to kill his brothers on several occasions. That'd make me feel really guilty.

Ambrosius is pretty cool. He's the son of a king. Watched his family murdered as a kid. Spent the next several years as a slave. Spent the next several more impersonating a chieftain's son. Becomes King Arthur's namesake. Brings the hope of peace back to Britain. Pretty full life there.

Not Julian. His life sucks, man. Being sentenced to death for your brother's crimes is not exactly my idea of fun.

Maybe Leo. Eight years old, gets to save his mom from an evil people-eating hotel in Italy. Gets called Leonardo by cool old Italian men.

The only girl I'd really want to be is Ygerna, the very innocent and very beautiful symbol of Britain, unrequited lover of Ambrosius, and mother of Arthur. Even though she doesn't get her man, she has a pretty cool time of it. And she's blonde. Always wanted to be a blonde.

Claudia Gray
08-24-2007, 05:39 AM
I put my characters through too much abuse to switch places with any of them!

(There are a couple of ladies I'd switch love interests with, though. ;) )

08-24-2007, 05:47 AM
My MC's are always males, with interesting lives to be sure, but I wouldn't want to be one of them. Now, there's a new batch in an up and coming soon to be WIP, one of the side characters is going to be female, and have a good handle on things - she'd be okay. She's gonna be sleeping with the wrong one, though. I'd sleep with the other one, if it were me :D

08-24-2007, 05:56 AM
Xx| Geez. Tough question.

Not Ælfric. He may have been born and lived until twenty-three in 1284 - 1307 Iceland, he may be pretty much a genius, a scholar, a biblical scholar, an excellent linguist, a writer, and an all-around highly esteemed, great, pretty guy, but he's a vampyre who's been around for 700 years. He's still beautiful, even though in a rather creepy, dead way these days, but he's steadily going insane. *Rereads his insanity-introductory chapter and shivers* Eek. Nu-uh. But I think of him because he's probably at the top of my list. Having lived all that time, experienced so much, met so many, and known so many--that would be cool.

I wouldn't want to go through a really creepy, painful, scary abusive relationship for five years. I wouldn't want to be known as the flamboyant, immature, selfish idiot and thus end up with almost everyone turning on me or thinking of me as the one-time fling, no matter my intentions. I wouldn't want to be borderline retarded, scared of losing everything, scared of being the reason I lose everything, and too much like my abusive father. So not Michel, Symphony, or Angel...

Oh! I know who I'd be from Whisper--Michel's daughter, Valentine. XD Yes, please! She has a good life. :3

And on that note, from Oriel, I'd be Bavol's daughter, Fiona. XD

From Epsilon...well, I'd be Epsi itself. It has some tribulations, but it's mostly exciting. They're fugitives, running from the law and the "Good Doctor". And then it falls in love with Nathan, Nathan becomes a Better Persontm, and it lives a really nice life with the Baldwins. Marries Nathan and raises a family...and is a huge activist for the rights for its kind. And takes in others of its kind that are abused/neglected/abandoned. I wouldn't mind it. :3

Last but not least, from Dollhouse...not Kenneth, he's had too big of a tragedy; not any of the dolls themselves, as they're too broken and carry too much baggage...I think Kat. She's a slightly heavy-set young teen who's been victim of her peers' jeers (rhyme time! :D), and spoiled by her parents. She's a snotty, rude, emotional brat, but changes later on and becomes, you guessed it, a Better Persontm. And has her doll as a friend. Cute. :3

Very cool thread. :D |xX

08-24-2007, 07:16 AM
I don't think I would want any of their lives as a whole..........but I would not mind having Tracy's sex life and the hunk she has it with.

Sean D. Schaffer
08-24-2007, 08:14 AM
If I had to choose any of my characters' lives to live, most likely either Sir Terramaar Draconis from Wyverinia Chronicles (I always admired his tenacity and his unparalleled devotion to what he believes in; and he's a dragon) or Terrence Lerve from my present WIP, The Redemption of Jonathan Rahn. Terrence is married to a beautiful lady named Ariel, and the love they share is, to me, the closest thing to a perfect relationship there could ever be. And Terrence is half-dragon, so again, cool.

08-24-2007, 10:09 AM
How do you know I haven't? My proganonist is an amazing woman called Tracy who's a writer with an attachment to AW. As for who *I* am/used to be - you don't want to know.

08-24-2007, 10:29 AM
Oh boy, I would not want to be any of my male MCs. I am SO hard on them. I guess the one person I'd love to be is Jana, mainly because she lives on a colony planet in the future and gets to visit earth via a spaceship and have awesome adventures. By the time my novel opens she's already been through the agony of being widowed at an early age, so as long as I get to jump into her skin at that late point I'd be okay. Also I would love to have her ending... marrying the king (sorta) of the martians and moving to start a new civilization on Mars. (It's complicated...;))

Chasing the Horizon
08-24-2007, 10:35 AM
All my characters are so different from me that I wouldn't fit into any of their lives. As much as I would love to trade with any of them (well, not ANY, but most), I would end up in trouble because I would react differently and totally screw up the relationships I'm so envious of. My choice would be to simply go to my fantasy world as myself and make my own life, not get in any of my characters' ways.

Stijn Hommes
08-24-2007, 11:50 AM
I'm really putting my characters through too much abuse to enjoy most of their lives.
If I had to pick one I'd have to go with the father of the first character I created. The guy is a professional magician, and since I enjoy performing magic as much as writing I could easily get used to that life style.

I couldn't get used to my kids being in constant trouble with a bunch of criminals, though...

Susan Lanigan
08-24-2007, 02:54 PM
I can confidently say - none of them.

08-24-2007, 03:00 PM
Good question. My MC in my WIP is on the run with a load of stolen cash; the whole country knows who he is and he has to make up for what he sees as a massive mistake he made 20 years ago.

Think I'll stick with being me.

08-24-2007, 03:01 PM
I'd trade lives with my BILLY character from my finished novel CHASING EMPTY. (In truth he is the character closest to myself...but he did all the things I almost did!) He was a punk-rocker in the 80s...I wonder what he is doing now, the bastard?

08-24-2007, 07:18 PM
Even though I'm a girl, I'd trade lives with Dean Frey. He's intelligent, loyal to his friends, and very passionate about things once his mind is set to it. He's a recurring character in a handful of my unpubbed novels, and I've been able to write him at various times in his life. Some parts are painful, some are joyous. But at the end of the journey, he's the sort of strong, considerate, loving person that I aspire to be.

08-24-2007, 07:59 PM
None of them.

The MCs from my last four books:

Professional killer/thief/whatever is needed
Former thief
Salvager in a post-apocalyptic wasteland

08-24-2007, 08:14 PM
I don't know that I'd live any of my character's lives. I'm so mean to them... lol! Don't think I could handle having my life threatened on a regular basis.

08-25-2007, 03:12 AM
Trade lives with my MC? Good grief no - then he'd be able to get me back!

08-25-2007, 03:29 AM
Are you kidding? No, I don't want to be chased to and fro by demon-zombies, thank you very much, (Josh in Unearthed) nor am I keen on having my boyfriend disappear into thin air (Lennie in Superstitious), and not terribly wild about being stuck as a night security guy in a haunted building (Joe in Rites) or fearing for my life, and the life of my sister, in a Huguenot silk merchant's house of exceedingly nasty repute (Ellis, in Open House).

I think it's very cheering how evilly we treat our MCs. Long may it continue.:)

Lady Esther
08-25-2007, 03:34 AM
I think it's very cheering how evilly we treat our MCs. Long may it continue.:)
Yes, I know. :) Our MC's must be thinking: Yeah, you can dish it, but you can't take it.

08-25-2007, 03:38 AM
Would I trade with my MC? IF I want to run from people who are trying to kill me to keep me from doing my job and if my Hero is hot like I made him then yes. Other then that. I mae her out ot be me any ways.

08-25-2007, 05:53 AM
I would definately be Libba. It would be so cool to be Queen Witch, even if it means getting stabbed in the back by her friend/almost boyfriend. It's not his fault though, Libba's mentor puts him in a trance.
The poor, nonmagical child never had a chance. :cry:

08-25-2007, 06:11 AM
I would be Neko in a heartbeat. Yes, she had to go through a bunch of sh!t to be happy, but in the end she gets to be happy. I've written more for her than anyone else, & yet I was less mean to her overall, & she avoided the bittersweet ending. Hmm.

Well, AND she had Tenshi. & could have Jasper if she wanted. Yeah... I want to be her.

Okay, but getting away from the RPG-fanfic-mostly-Mary-Sue ;) I'm not sure that I would be willing to trade lives with any character. Maybe Michiko (pseudo-MC; it's really her brother, but she carries a lot of the story). Her soul gets tainted, but other than that she has a pretty good life, with the special relationship she has with her brother & the really hot boyfriend she gets in the novel. Otherwise, I don't think I'm willing to go through the drama I give my MCs.

08-25-2007, 03:16 PM
One of my characters runs a bookshop with a scriptorium above it - I'd certainly change places with him.

08-25-2007, 05:42 PM
Um. No.

Not Emre, who's addicted to a magical drug that's used to keep him in line as much as his kidnapped son is, while he's forced to set a friend up to be hanged for murder.

Not Ithmir, who's been in exile for nearly all of her adult life, basically for trusting someone she never should have trusted. She was raised in a culture that considers the continuation of the female line to be the primary responsibility of the eldest daughter -- she's the eldest daughter, but she's sterile. And because she's a "half-breed" she's considered a freak in both her parents' cultures.

Not Byron, who's a lone vampire in a world where most vampires who aren't in organized clans die early and horribly.

Not Lina, who's telepathically bound to one man but in a relationship with another, plus has gotten on the wrong side of both the local head vampire and a pair of psychotic vampire hunters.

No, thank you.

08-25-2007, 10:59 PM
Yes, I know. :) Our MC's must be thinking: Yeah, you can dish it, but you can't take it.
Yes, but would they be able to write like us? Pah, I think not! Ellis is a lawyer who would scorn such things as horror stories, Joe probably can't spell much past his own name, Josh would start without an outline and run out of patience after page two (or be interrupted by a zombie - lightweight), Lennie...OK, maybe she could.:)

Ooh, this is fun. I think we should have running threads where we talk about various aspects of our characters. It would certainly help me in cementing them in my mind, which I really need, sometimes. Stuff like, what was your MC like as a child, what would your MC think about some contemporary news item, what accent, is he in favour of the death-penalty etc etc.

08-25-2007, 11:05 PM
Yes, but would they be able to write like us?

Oh my God, Liza would totally write romance novels. Really, really bad romance novels.

"The smooth fur of his haunches rippled deliciously beneath her claws. 'Oh, Fabio,' she yowled, 'you're the only tom for me!'"


08-27-2007, 11:50 AM
nor am I keen on having my boyfriend disappear into thin air

Are you writing about my life? :eek:

Hmm, this is quite an interesting and entertaining question! It would be fun, in some ways, to trade places with my MCs. But at the same time, I'm not sure if I'd want to. None of them have the amazing family that I have, or the super cool dog. :D And even tho my life's been weird lately, I've got some potentially exciting things coming up!

Each of my characters echoes a question I have about life. And so far none of them are looking at happy endings... So I think I'll keep mine! :)

08-29-2007, 02:30 PM
My character would be able to write - he trained as a Bard before he started running the bookshop.

08-29-2007, 04:40 PM
As I write romantica there is an excellent chance that I would happily trade places with most of my heroines - after all they end up with amazing guys and very amazing sex!

08-29-2007, 10:22 PM
If I traded places with Deke, we'd starve. He's no good at regular jobs to pay the bills, so he couldn't take my place. I can't skate, so that puts paid to my doing his job of refereeing semi-pro hockey.

I wouldn't fit in his world. We're not much alike.

Calla Lily
08-29-2007, 10:49 PM
The spec. thriller: Considering I torture her in chapter 1...no. Then she gets rescued, but her life quickly goes in the crapper and...she gets tortured and killed in the penultimate chapter. Okay, she has a way cool mind-blowing experience at the end, but...I'll live out my own life, thanks.

The other spec. thrillers: #2--nah. He has enough baggage for a small country. #3--maybe. She's creepy (likes to drink blood--long story and no, she's not a vamp) but she turns into an oky person at the end. At least I think she does. That book is in broad-stroke outline at the moment.

The mystery: Maybe with my ex-nun PI. She has to learn stuff very fast, the hard way, but she gets respect and a smidge (a minuscule smidge) of romance at the end.

08-29-2007, 10:53 PM
Yes, but would they be able to write like us?

Azrael can write better than me, easy.

The rest of them...not a chance.

Anything from Luke would be "CRASH! BANG! ZOOM! RATTATAT!"

Morghan wouldn't even try. In her mortal life she did biomed engineering as an undergrad and then went through med school. Language skills are not her strong point.

Calla Lily
08-29-2007, 11:12 PM
Oh my God, Liza would totally write romance novels. Really, really bad romance novels.

"The smooth fur of his haunches rippled deliciously beneath her claws. 'Oh, Fabio,' she yowled, 'you're the only tom for me!'"


08-30-2007, 12:52 AM
With Brian? Probably not. While he's total wish fulfillment/borderline Gary Stu, he's me when it comes to relationships (just this side of neurotic/psychotic).

With Paul? Definitely. Again, total wish fulfillment but much more positive on relationships.

08-30-2007, 09:46 AM
Of my recent stories? Not a single character. One of them kills himself, another one disappears, the third has an obsessive disorder and the fourth is an absolute prat. I suppose if I had to choose, I'd pick #3 because she has some interesting times ahead.

Storm Dream
08-30-2007, 09:56 PM
Hmm. It's hard to say. I like writing about my MCs, but I don't know if I'd want to live as them. ;) Probably my ghost-hunting journalist, Cat, because she gets to write for a living, lands a cute musician boyfriend, and generally leads an exciting life -- all with central air, indoor plumbing, and general lack of needing to save the city/nation/world (too much pressure).

My other MCs live in either backwards fantasy worlds or fight zombies. I love zombies, but don't want to smell them, so...:)

08-30-2007, 11:34 PM
Ooh, fun question!

I'd trade places with Cinder in a heartbeat. She's a tough little thing, totally confident, and leads a very interesting life. Plus she's a dragon--it would be so cool to be able to fly!

Are any of us not writing about vampires or dragons? :)

08-31-2007, 01:23 AM
Are any of us not writing about vampires or dragons? :)

Not entirely. I'm writing about werewolves :) (But there are still vampires and dragons lurking in there too...)

08-31-2007, 01:41 AM
Are any of us not writing about vampires or dragons? :)

Nope, no vamps and no dragons round my parts.

Zombies, though, and ghosts, and a rather horrid old crone called the Bean Nighe.