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Day: June 15, 2012

When a “prop” character becomes “real”

Post Views: 287 “…once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” — Skin Horse, “The Velveteen Rabit“ For those of us who recall the wonderful children’s story, the quest to become “real” is something that is a very tricky thing to manage for characters. Sometimes, a character that is planned to be “real” never quite makes it there in the eyes of the reader. In other cases, a character who is really just a “prop” — walks in, delivers a few lines, then fading to plot obscurity — takes on a life of their own. They become “real” wether that’s what the author wanted or not. “I am Doctor Alexi Koblinski; I have been the ship’s doctor for two years now. You will…