Characters genetics and places of origin.

I lately have been thinking about characters and places of origin. You see, my husband for example says I have special ways of thinking and responses that every Galician(from Galicia, Spain) has,  for example when you give me something or ask for something I usually say why, I always say No before thinking. That comes to me not because I was born in Galicia but because every single drop of my blood comes from there.

I also believe that you think and make some things because we learn them in the place we grow up. The way of thinking, the way of doing things, the way of speaking and eating.

All of this made me thought about characters and if in books we show all these things that influence the way a character is, usually characters in books are some way because of actions of the family, because a futuristic world, because of their actions, etc

Do characters will be more real or are more real when we consider not only the psychological aspects , but also genetics and places where they grew up?

Have you read a character that showed all these things?

I think that exploring characters that way will be interesting.

Have a great Monday!!

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32 comments on “Characters genetics and places of origin.

  1. I think about this all the time! And I do believe that knowing such things as where our characters come from, what sort of family they had, etc. create more believable characters.

    • And what about a character who has lost their memory and effectively become a blank slate? Would they still display certain characteristics inherent in their upbringing, even though they don’t remember that upbringing? I’m inclined to say yes, but I don’t know. What do you think?

      • Oh, yes, yes, yes! The things the mind unconsciously remembers is an incredible thing. It’s not exactly the same, but Brunonia Barry’s “The Lace Reader” is an amazing study on how memories the mind doesn’t realize has shapes us.

      • I may have to check out that book. It fascinates me how the mind can hold onto memories of which we have no conscious recollection. Things that emerge again in our dreams and sometimes in our writing.

      • I may have to check out that book. It fascinates me how the mind can hold onto memories of which we have no conscious recollection. Things that emerge again in our dreams and sometimes in our writing.

      • Oh, yes, yes, yes! The things the mind unconsciously remembers is an incredible thing. It’s not exactly the same, but Brunonia Barry’s “The Lace Reader” is an amazing study on how memories the mind doesn’t realize has shapes us.

      • I haven’t thought of that. I think that things inherited in our genes appear every time even whe we don’t remeber but I haven’t thought about things learned when we grew up. But maybe yes there’s people that don’t rember anything but still like certain food in a certain way and many other details so I think some things stay there.

      • I haven’t thought of that. I think that things inherited in our genes appear every time even whe we don’t remeber but I haven’t thought about things learned when we grew up. But maybe yes there’s people that don’t rember anything but still like certain food in a certain way and many other details so I think some things stay there.

    • And what about a character who has lost their memory and effectively become a blank slate? Would they still display certain characteristics inherent in their upbringing, even though they don’t remember that upbringing? I’m inclined to say yes, but I don’t know. What do you think?

  2. I think about this all the time! And I do believe that knowing such things as where our characters come from, what sort of family they had, etc. create more believable characters.

  3. I think Divergent and Hunger Games captures the, “I lived in a certain environment, so I think a certain way.” We are a product of our environment and our genes. They interact in ways we cannot always understand.

  4. I think Divergent and Hunger Games captures the, “I lived in a certain environment, so I think a certain way.” We are a product of our environment and our genes. They interact in ways we cannot always understand.

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