Monday, September 26, 2016

Introducing My Genderbent!Mulan/Amazons Retelling // Beautiful People #21

Beautiful People is a link-up hosted by Sky @ Further Up and Further and Cait @ Paperfury. At the beginning of every month, they post a couple questions, which you can answer with info about the characters in your current writing project. The link-up is designed to help you learn more about your characters and share them with the world. Find more info here.

1.

How did you come up with this character?

Currently none of the characters in my Genderbent!Mulan/Amazons project have solid names (and I also don't have a title yet, normally those two are like the first things I come up with, but this writing project's been a bit different). I think my main character's name will most likely be Keung, but that's definitely liable to change.

Keung popped into my head when I decided I wanted to do a Mulan retelling, at first he was girl, but then I decided I wanted to genderbend it and so his gender changed. Honestly I haven't been focusing to much on his character yet, I've been busy doing research on The Amazons and Ancient Chinese culture (you'd think me being of Chinese descent would mean I'm already well versed in the latter, but I'm really not in the slightest). So yeah that's how Keung came to be.

2.

Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?

Keung and his family are rather well off, so from what I've plotted out so far, no. However as I develop the plot further, I feel like such a scene will probably come along, and if it did, he'd break the fast with some steamed buns and rice porridge.

3.

Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

So in the world of the Genderbent!Mulan/Amazons story, every family has special power or skill that is passed down from a mother to her children (sorry dads). So the power Keung inherited is skinshifting (which means he can change his appearance. However he can't like grow a beak, he can only manipulate the feature he already has. Also pretty much the only thing he can't change is those uh unique male parts...). Also skinshifting is like really really rare and one of the more powerful skills, so yeah he's proud of his ability.

4.

List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.

Messing with Keung's family is pretty much the surefire way to piss him off, and he definitely has plenty more pet peeves coming in the future, I just haven't gotten around to building that part of his character.

5.

What is their favorite type of weather? Least favorite?

Keung likes the rain, but only when it's not getting in the way of his life. Finding him watching the rain as it streams down the windows and beats down against the world is a pretty common occurrence. As for least favorite, he absolutely despises the blistering summer heat.

6.

What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?

I'm gonna have to go with the obvious and say Hufflepuff, after all the Ballad of Mulan is all about family. Mulan takes her father's place out of love for her father, Keung will do something similar for one of his family members.

If I had to put him in a house other than Hufflepuff, I'd say Ravenclaw, as he kinda is the smart friend. Basically when everyone else is planning on doing something stupid, he's the one nagging them all about being idiotic, and trying to prove their idiocy to them by poking holes through their plans.

7.

Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?

For Keung it depends, if there's major problems in the present to worry over, he'll think and contemplate about them until he's completely worn out. However if everything is going jolly well, his mind tends to wander to futuristic issues. (Basically, he's a full-time worrier like someone I know *cough* me *cough*)

8.

What is their favorite thing to drink?

I'm going the extra cliche route and saying, tea. Well, for now. I haven't had this writing project running around my head for that long, so I'm still figuring out the plot and characters, and I have zero clues what Keung would like the drink.

9.

What is their favorite color? Least favorite?

Blue is his favorite, specifically the pale tones. And his least favorite is gold, too gaudy for his tastes.

10.

What is a book that changed their life?

I really have no clue which book I'd pick. I haven't read a lot of ancient Chinese novels, and I'm not even certain which time period I'm sticking this fantasy in....

Are you working on a story, or do you plan to? If you're working on one, how far along are you?