I tend to like to do this. For example, a lot of my main characters tend to be based off of me, which I really need to stop doing. No more nerdy, glasses-wearing, dark haired bibliophiles. 😉
Anyway…there are pros and cons to doing this. One pro is: Granted you know them well enough) You’d be able to figure out how’d he or she would respond to a certain situation, place, etc.
Yeah. That’s sort of cool.
There are cons to this as well. If it’s someone specific and you have a certain situation and you just HAVE to know EXACTLY how they’d respond, you might want to ask.
Well that would be embarrassing.
For example: Ari, in the excerpt from a story I posted a few days ago, is pretty much entirely based off a guy I know.
And since it’s pretty much a romance story…and I don’t know this guy that well…if I were to ask him about something specific relating to the story such as, “Tell me, how exactly would you ask a girl to go on vacation with you?” I would probably get this.
And I’d probably be a mix of this:
Yeah. Major embarrassment, much?
Basing characters off of real people is really nice. It gives you:
-a realistic person that people can ACTUALLY RELATE TO
-an easier way to create and develop their character
-a nice way to semi-stalk people (actually, no, don’t do that. Just “observe”. No stalking.)
-A REALISTIC PERSONALITLY. Did I already mention this?
-You’d know how they’d respond if, say, a magical fire-breathing dragon attacked your school! (Could come in handy.)
And other things.