Monday, October 14, 2013

Index Post on Characters, Money and Dominance

I decided that this index needs it's own separate post.

This is a series of posts inspired by another blogger, who was musing on how her characters measure up to the current fad for Billionaire Bullies as romantic heroes.  This inspired me to start musing on how my characters, and famous characters in popular culture, relate to Wealth, Dominance and Jackassery.

It turned out to be a long series, so this is an index.  (Links will be updated as I write them.)

*Billionaire Bad Boy Scale (First thoughts)
*Billionaires, Vampires, Wolves and La Bete (A look back at the inspiration for the series - which is not at all what I'm going to talk about for the rest of the series.)

Money Week (Sept 30 - Oct 4)

*Monday: Wealth and Glamor
(Wealth is glamorous, yet my wealthiest character, George Starling, is not really very glamorous -- and that's what makes him interesting.)
*Tuesday: Wealth and the Zen Gunslinger
(Mick and Casey McKee have no wealth or glamor, but they've got what they want.)
*Wednesday:Wealth and Pragmatism
(A look at the characters from The Serial, who run the gamut from rich to socialist.)

Alpha Dog Week (Oct 7-11)

About characters exerting dominance (and will probably have three posts, although if it makes sense, any of them may get kicked to a future week.)
*Monday: Alpha Dogs - How Characters Take Control
(It's the nature of the protagonist, no matter how weak, they need to learn to take control, or else you've got a tragedy on your hands.  We'll talk about Samuel L. Jackson and Pulp Fiction.)
*Tuesday: Paladins: On Dicks, Saints and Saddle-Bums
(Outsiders for hire - including Sam Spade of The Maltese Falcon, George Starling and Mick McKee.  The guys you call when you can't handle something yourself.)
Alpha Dog Week 2 (Oct 14-15)
*Monday: Public Servants: The Big Dog is always Right
(Marshal Sam Gerard, of The Fugitive, is your ultimate Alpha Dog, because he leads a pack.)
*Tuesday: Public Servants: Mommy Dog, Officials and Overseers
(Other team leaders - Marge Gunderson (Fargo), plus Rozinshura, Rocken, and a short side trip to Paris.)

Alpha Dog Week 3
*Tuesday: Public Servants: Agents and Rogues
(Columbo, Bud White of L.A. Confidential, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Saint.)

As for "Jackasery and Inner Torment" (the third quality of those Billionaire Bondage Boys) - I may not do a separate post on that, or I may do it later.  Not sure until I get there.

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