Ah yes, I haven’t participated this in a long while mostly because… well life. But anywho. Beautiful People is a meme that is shared by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up, and Further In. This is a little thing to help us writers really flesh out the characters of our numerous WIPs. This month? What do they look like?
This month I’ll be talking about the new WIP I started in Taiwan. I’ll give you a rough synopsis since I’m still working on it: A Korean American begrudgingly exorcises demons and now has to help Satan back to Hell along with a ghostbusters/ghost hunters wannabe. Also Satan is her dad.
This is mostly a comedy piece if it’s not all that clear. I’m currently having a lot of fun writing. Speaking of which… I should get back to that.
But I digress.
We should move to the questions in…question. Ha.
Give a brief overview of their looks. (Include a photo if you want!)
Lana Minji Kim: Lana, our lovely heroine, has black hair that goes down to the middle of her back, black eyes, and she has a pretty average build. She’s not model thin, or athletically built, she’s just kind of… normal. She’s squishy in places and she has muscles in other places. Simple. Along with the rest of her averageness, she’s also around 5’5. She wears colored contacts for pretty obvious reasons (her eyes are black).
Mark Staton: Mark, the hilarious but also a little try hard sidekick, is rather tall. He’s about 6’1 and he’s rather lanky. He wears wire framed glasses and his hair is brown with really cute curls. Think of like…Simon in The City of Bones movie (honestly the best part of that movie because uh Robert Sheehan is great).
Lucien (AKA Satan): ??? His appearance changes a number of times in the story, I don’t really want to list them all.
Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.
Ah. I’ll be honest, I’ve only written a handful of chapters so I really don’t have a good snippet that really describes Lana’s appearance. It’s mostly from her POV so she doesn’t really describe herself too often. I do have a small snippet of our first encounter with Mark:
The senior’s name was Mark. He had really nice brown hair that curled a little bit and he left it just long enough that it curled in a really cute way. His glasses were black rimmed and he was a little lanky. Took after his father, a chemical engineer who was currently abroad in Holland. I think in another time, we might’ve been friends. He was pretty articulate and had a general good sense of music, but he took one look at me and turned tail. That was in kindergarten. Oh well. One thing about Mark, though: He tried too hard to fit in. Which is why he was throwing this party even though he knew that in the morning his house would be trashed, something is going to be broken, bathrooms are going to need cleaning, and explaining would have to be done.
What is the first thing people might notice about them?
Lana has her black eyes, so usually when she’s not trying to fool anyone (which is a lot) that’s the first thing most people notice. If she’s wearing colored contacts, she has, what I like to call, resting bitch face. You know that face. The perpetual “are you angry?” face.
Mark is really adorable. He tends to put his hands in his pockets when he’s nervous with his shoulders scrunched up to his ears, but he’s also doubly adorable when he’s excited. He kind of reminds me of Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle a little bit. Though take away the troubled past.
Lucien (*cough* Satan) always tries to look his best which is usually what most people see first. A really great looking guy (usually a guy). The swoon worthy material of many.
What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)
Lana has black irises. She gets this from being the daughter of Satan, among other things.
Mark’s unique features is his built. He’s just really lanky, so he makes these wide gestures when he’s excited and it just looks funny.
Lucien’s feature is that he can look gloriously fabulous all the time. I mean what else is the lord of Hell supposed to do right?
How tall are they? What is their build (Ex: stocky, slender, petite, etc.)
Lana, like I said, is a pretty average build. She’s got some squishy parts and some not squishy parts. She’s 5’5 which I think is a pretty average height for Korean females.
Mark is tall and lanky. I don’t really know how else to describe him. He’s 6’1 and since he’s more of the academic type rather than the athletic type, he doesn’t have much muscle definition.
Lucien is normally whatever he wants to be, to be quite honest. Usually his favorite is to be around 5’11 with a pretty athletic build. He likes looking fit but not body builder levels of muscle.
What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?
Lana is pretty self confident despite her outer appearance of general nonchalance and rbf. She holds her head high and keeps her back straight. The way she walks is like she expects respect but doesn’t demand it.
Mark has a bad habit of slouching because he’s taller than most people but also he finds himself slouching a lot around Lana because they have such a height different.
Your character has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?
Lana doesn’t have many “lazy days”. She is always working, or exorcising, or studying. When she does have a lazy day she likes to wear big sweaters, should the weather permit it, and leggings (because leggings are the best) and take a walk.
Mark likes to roam on the Internet when he’s on a lazy day. He particularly likes creepy pastas and reading about demonology. You can probably find him wearing joggers and a t-shirt with his curly hair unkempt. Like I said, adorable.
Lucien it’s a mystery ooooooh.
Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?
Lana likes to be fashionable so she can be found wearing necklaces, rings, and earrings. That being said, she doesn’t always put in the effort. Most of her wardrobe consists of uniforms anyway.
Mark has his goofy glasses but he also wears a nice mechanical watch.
Lucien likes to wear studs in his ears because he thinks they’re cool.
Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!
Lana was made fun of her eyes all her life, but she’s kind of just taken it in stride and it really hasn’t bothered her.
Mark has comments made about his height and buI’ll every so often, but it’s usually more endearing.
Lucien has that whole… ram head, goat body thing going on so…
Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?
Lana is quite confident in her appearance. She doesn’t really care much about other people’s opinions about her. If anything she would not want to have black eyes.
Mark would probably like to be a bit bulkier in terms of muscle, but he hasn’t really thought about it. Not really that he’s confident like Lana, but it’s more where he hardly thinks about it.
Lucien I feel like he does and he doesn’t. I mean he changes how he looks quite often, but he does have favorites. He really wears faces and appearances like someone wears a wardrobe.