It is a bit Doctor Frankenstein, yeah. This says what my sister and I have said for ages. It’s nice to be reaffirmed by an outsider who puts it so succinctly.
I can think of few things more exciting or empowering than creating your own virtual universe out of the “furniture” inside your head. Writing stories, breathing life into your characters, well… it’s rather like giving birth to a new creation.
Whenever I create a character, an image from one of the old Frankenstein movies comes to mind: the mad scientist looking at the beast he’s created and screaming maniacally, “It’s alive! It’s alive!”
That’s how I feel when I’ve done my best by a character – I’ve given him life.
Have you ever considered how many fictional characters continue to live on in the minds of readers, influencing “real” life? I think a good character can be considered a living thing, a dynamic force that can change the way we think, the way we interact with one another, perhaps even the way we dream.
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