Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Appearances are important to characterization
That is what characterization is. Small shifts from the norm that make the character stand out with a certain image immediately created by a part in the hair made so far to the left that the bangs must lay low across the forehead. The long hair is all brought forward to the front, so a split occurs in the back at the neck line, as though the person only has a front she shows to everyone, the back similar to the facade of a building put up for a movie set. The front looks real enough, but the back lacks all the depth of a real building. This can be used to create character. Certainly the real live girl, has depth, but in the novel or short story, such a "front" can act as a thin veneer hiding the reality within. It builds mystery, which one might believe is the purpose of the "scene" image for these teenage girls I teach.