My twins brought homework home from preschool yesterday. It was cool, one of those matching worksheets where they had to draw a connecting line between a cat and a kitten, a dog and a puppy, stuff like that.
So what if we HAD to do that with our characters and NOT match them up with their bookmates. Can you imagine the chaos? Like badboy John was made for Livvy and Livvy alone. But what if I drew a line from him to say…Charlie? The sex would be hot but short lived. Saucy and naughty Charlie would drive him nuts with her overt nature and she’d plant a skillet upside his moody skull in a heartbeat. Likewise playful Jinx would tick sensible Livvy off to no end and she would tell him where to shove his quirky eyebrow.
Rhys and Myla might seem like a good match (they are both warriors but shy) but they would have as much spark as a wet match. They are the same side of the coin, nothing to play against. Same with Ward Cleaver Coe. Matching him with timid Willa is like mixing water with…water. Boring.
Diplomatic Prince Taric would spend fifteen minutes with Calamity Carly and throw her in the dungeon. Wanderlusting Jesse would leave for work and Down to Earth Frannie would pack his stuff in a Hefty bag and set it outside the door and change the locks.
No, my characters are not interchangeable. They have a niche, a mate and a path to travel. There is no story without that line connecting them.
What about you. I dare you. Mix and match your characters just for fun and what would happen?