camilla macaulay has two sets of handwriting: the one she uses for homework and notations and the one reserved for letters she never sends, journal entries, and poetry she writes but would never acknowledge the existence of.
for notation and homework – it’s precise, perfectly angled, very neat, uncanny in how evenly spaced it is. her handwriting is also very small, making it easy to fit paragraphs of commentary into the margins of books and neatly write out all of a lesson’s worth of notes on just two pages of notepaper. the only extra flourishes to it tend to be her looping signature at the bottom
the scrawl reserved for her private thoughts is more like a jumbled, tangled version of her usual handwriting. it’s all at a slant, rushed, and often her ink gets smudged and blotchy on the worn out page. she crosses words out not with one elegant line through the middle or even white-out, but frantic scratches over words as to to deny their existence altogether. sometimes, she rips the paper this way.
it’s convenient, though, having two different styles. she knows if anyone ever found some of her personal notes, it’d be easy enough to cooly point out that the chicken scratch it’s written in is nothing like her own writing.
What do you consider makes a character likable? You take such an acute interest in all these characters I adore and I'm just so interested in what makes them interesting and lovable to you.
hM this is a very good question *-*
i think there are a few things at play when i kind of… latch on to a favorite character. part of it is that i do have some favorite tropes (bookish + sarcastic combos, unparalleled tenderness especially in the face of war or violence, strong friendship storylines, hides being wounded w cruelty and/or sarcasm, etc.) and those will draw me in. another part, somewhat related to the tropes, is that i find characters who i can identify with. characters with stories that are easily compared or understood as queer storylines (REMUS LUPIN and also prouvaire w their name experimentation, francis abernathy, the list goes on.). i’m not gonna get super into it, but this is part of why representation is so important. finding out spock was part-vulcan and didn’t feel like he really fit with humans or vulcans was really important to me growing up because of my part japanese heritage.
i also love characters that are flawed and complex, who not everyone is going to root for. in fact, most of the characters i really adore are not the ones that most of the fandom remembers or likes (peter pettigrew, regulus black, even katniss everdeen come to mind). i don’t like just putting characters on a pedestal and acting as though they’ve never messed up — most of the characters who stand out to me are the ones who do mess up in a big way and still end up doing the right thing in the end or somehow start the path for redemption. or who fail utterly, but are lovable because they tried. i like trying to imagine myself in the shoes of the characters and understanding if i would have fucked up like they did. i think those stories, as opposed to ones where characters only mess up in minor ways and everyone forgives them and there are very few consequences, are the most interesting ones.
they grow up with you.
for instance, when i first read catcher in the rye, everyone hated holden and i think i liked him partly on the principle that no one else did and he needed some defending in class discussions. but i also felt like this guy had the same inner monologue as i did. when i read the book again years later, in college, i realized how much i had grown up since reading it for the first time. i wasn’t as angry as holden had been and i wasn’t as insecure either, but i still wanted to protect that kid in classrooms because i had been that kid.
i think one of the best ways to describe loving characters and literature (and all media in general, really), is from a quote in the history boys (which i highly rec to ANYONE):
The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.
those moments make me love a character.
thanks for asking me this question!!! i’m sorry about the novel i just wrote you but i got very passionate about loving characters fdjlhkd
i am moving to a new place (in georgia) and there will be a balcony so i want to get some plant friends so living on my own feels less lonely. any suggestions for time plant parents? i’d love to have something that i can use for cooking, if possible.