Monday, 28 March 2016

Beautiful People - Isabel

 Beautiful People is a link-up run by Cait at Paper Fury and Skye at Further Up and Further In.

Today I'm going to talk about Isabel, the leader, of the six-kid band from the fantasy story that my brain has FINALLY decided to click with. 

(That means she's shelving the retelling for now.)

Sorry retelling. Then again, I should probably read a retelling or ten before I try to write one, so not sorry retelling.

(...Just pick something and stick to it, would you?)

It's a phase. It'll pass. I hope...

What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?

Technically, like all of the major characters, she's inspired by herself. This is actually a story I first came up with when I was eleven, and played around with until I was thirteen/fourteen. Back then it was very much a portal fantasy, so all six of the main characters were humans. Now? not so much. 
Isabel is one of the characters who ended up becoming a witch. What can I say, it justifies her borderline obsessive need to get away during the summer and have adventures. It also came with an angst upgrade (never turn down an angst upgrade) and a character arc

(You mean she actually has a character arc now. Face it, at thirteen, you couldn't write for toffee.) 
Describe their daily routine.

Isabel rolls out of bed at 7:45am, digs around in the tip she calls a bedroom floor to find some clothes, then heads down to the kitchen to have breakfast with a couple of the guys who live with her. If a certain someone has been baking, chances are she will have waffles for breakfast. If not, she'll hope that somebody, anybody, has actually bothered to stock the cupboards. If they haven't, curses may be thrown around. She heads off to school at about 8:30 with her brother and another guy who just so happens to live with them. 

(Don't ask.)

She'll stare out of the window for the entire school day, give or take the few times the teacher snaps her name, or her best friend interrupts her daydreaming, and heads home at around 3:30pm with the same guys she walked there with. If it's Wednesday, she'll have kickboxing. If it's not, she'll play her electric guitar until the power is forcibly disconnected. She may also read if her mentor has bothered to leave her any books.

If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?

Isabel is absolutely dreading starting high school. She figures her best friend will drop her, and she'll end up being a loner, or an outcast, or both. To be honest, I'm finding it hard to place her. She definitely wouldn't be popular, she isn't overly sporty, and she doesn't get straight As. She doesn't exactly stick to the rules, but I wouldn't call her a rebel either. She'd probably fall in with the people who hang out in the music rooms at break and lunch, but it might take a while. She doesn't exactly rub people up the right way.
Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…

If she can change something, she won't tolerate it. The things she can't change include her mentor's refusal to do any actual mentoring, the amount of attention she doesn't get from her mother, and the rule book for her type of witch.

How do they react in awkward silences?

She's not much for casual conversation, so she'd probably just fold her arms and look away. She's the leader because she's the only one the other five will follow without argument, not because she's a people person.
Can they swim? If so, how did they le

Yes, and she's not bad at it. If she decided to take up swimming as a competitive sport, she could probably get county times within a year. That said, the entire group acknowledges that the hydrophobic kid is the best swimmer out of all them. Elyon taught her in the lake in the wood beside their house.
What is one major event that helped shape who they are?

Her father's death (I say death, I mean, of course, murder) changed everything for her entire family.
What things do they value most in life?

Like I said before, she's not a people person, so the bonds she does have are really important to her.
Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?

If you're related to witch-finders, she doesn't trust you full stop. Everyone else, she's willing to give a chance. Whether they get a second chance or not depends on who they are and what happened to their first one. If they accidentally tripped an alarm, they'd definitely get one - she doesn't penalise people for their mistakes - but if they delibrately betrayed her, they can get lost.
Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?

All of the characters (barring the obligatory sarcasm-blind few) are built on snark, so they argue. A lot. The one person who can get away with murder with Isabel, and the one person guaranteed not to rub her up the wrong way when she's angry, is Elyon. She'd probably talk to Elyon, then break into her mentor's bunker and read angrily. 

(Isabel does everything angrily.)

I know. I love it.

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