WISH WEEK DAY FIVE WE'RE TALKING GIRLS
Posted on July 18, 2012
Irving can't help but have girls on his mind. Not only does he have to contend with his sister, but he's also got two classmates who want the best for him despite how often he pushes them away.
Roon Umberdare- One half of an undead zombie detective team, she tries to help Irving adjust to his life at the academy. At the same time, her life is anything but stable. Her fickle writer makes a major revision that jeopardizes her brother's existence and changes Roon's supernatural nature. The physical changes and uncertainty her author heaps on her mirror the pressures encountered by a normal teenage girl.
Sarya- Irving's first real friend turns out to be a fellow smudge herself. This exuberant fairy is very emotional and very driven. She becomes his closest ally and the first to see the trouble at the academy after Irving does.
Tyler Holland- Irving's sister walks into the story halfway through and becomes the target for multiple dangers. Irving, despite being told characters from the same book can't come in contact with each other, rushes to her rescue on more than one occasion, much to the aggravation of Dean Harmstrike.
Aunt Nance- Ned Firebreak's aunt is hyper attentive, task-oriented and deeply perceptive. Also, have you seen the woman's patience? World class. Perhaps that's why she works at the Office of Fine Aunts, the place where new arrivals to the school are taken to share what they know about themselves and come to grips with the realization that they are fictional characters attending a school. She's a steamroller and a sweetheart. Her character was so much fun that she single-handedly created Ned Firebreak and his plot with a one-off line about her dragon slaying nephew that I couldn't resist expanding it into its own book. She came first and her nephew came second. Not often a secondary character spawns the main character, but that's what happened here. Aunt Nance plays an even larger role in Ned's own book which I am working on right now. Nine chapters in and it's a fantastic tale that has numerous parallels to IRVING WISHBUTTON.
The women in Irving's life are charismatic, strong, willful and grand.
Next, how IRVING takes on a narrative that has two paths.