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LP: Literary Co-outs: Bringing Characters Back to Life!

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:01:11 GMT

Hughes Author Posts: 115 Okay guys, I'm writing a parody where my narrator comes back to life continually, usually against his wishes. Since we've been "helping" Hedlund so much in the Sittery, I thought I'd venture a plea of help. Most outlandish ways to bring people back from the dead. Thoughts, good sirs and madams?

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:15:35 GMT

CTacker Author Posts: 129 One of these days, I'll get it right. Becca the Butterfly. Easy enough. And it's funny you should put it that way, about the character seemingly having all of these near death experiences because that's kind of, sort of, the basis of my book in progress "Theo(dore) is Doomed". The main character's career is actually an extra in every movie imaginable, and his quest in life is die in every perfectly possible way within these movies, and make the background character as vivid as possible. I haven't actually decided if he dies or not in the end though. Becca.Becca.Becca.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:15:52 GMT

a_butterfly Author Posts: 10 C. Tacker, I do the same thing you do! Say a name 3 times and I think I get it haha. Lets just say I'm psychic. It sounds like a very interesting book! Its just my opinion but I think in the end of your book you should give your character the big break he was looking for. Totally up to you if you want to kill him or not. It'd be ironic if you did. I'm writing a book as well, about Medusa. Do you know the myth? And killing her will be easy enough. I just need to write it! C. C. C.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:16:09 GMT

ktlynnsmith1 Author Posts: 10 haha guys I'm right here! Kat Kat Kat

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:16:33 GMT

Steven Author Posts: 10 If you can't decide whether or not to kill off your character at the end, you could always bring him into a final near death experience, then end the book just before we learn if he survives. It drives me crazy when a book does this, but I usually end up recommending it to others, just to get their reactions when they reach the end.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:16:47 GMT

ktlynnsmith1 Author Posts: 10 And then this is a perfect beginning to the next book, giving you a basis where you want to start, or continue with the suspense till your ready to release the information that everyone is dieing to find out.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:17:12 GMT

MRemington Author Posts: 83 Or you could kill your character off but then have a wizard give him the option to come back while a creepy baby cries under the table.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:17:25 GMT

Rookwood Author Posts: 68 My thoughts exactly Remington. Although, I'd probably be questioning the sexuality of said Wizard the entire time I (dead character) was being resurrected. It would probably all turn out fine though, and I'd go on to save the entire wizarding race with my gratitude to the confused wizard.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:17:44 GMT

Akaless Administrator Posts: 116 Oh Rookwood. You question the sexuality of all wizards. Which is only natural.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:17:59 GMT

cerealparty Author Posts: 10 If you've ever watched the British show, Misfits, there's a character named Nathan Young who has been given immortality via genetically-altering lightning strike. All of the characters on the show have gifts, but his is the only one that applies here. Also, I don't know if you've seen the little snippet floating around the internet (it's understandable if you haven't; I just happen upon weird things like this all the time), but there's a sort of myth or something that tells about the ancient methods of temporary resurrection of the dead in Indonesia (or the Philippines? I don't quite remember...) in order to walk them back to their villages for burial. It's said to be some kind of black magic or something, but the dead quite literally just get up and walk home. Perhaps your character dies in the Indonesiappines and the natives attempt their black magic to walk him or her to wherever, but it goes awry and the mind is awakene d in addition to the body. I'm really just excited to have the opportunity to blab about that last one somewhere other than on Tumblr. :)

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:18:24 GMT

k.sull Author Posts: 9 Haha these posts cracked me up! Bringing back a character is hard but these were really unique cool ways to do it. How'd it work out?

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:19:00 GMT

Hughes Author Posts: 115 It worked out delightfully! The story has taken so many unexpected twists (I've since converted it into a play) and I'm hoping I'll actually be able to see it performed this summer! For all you Edinburgh TBLers, do come down! I'll keep you all posted. Everyone else, perfect excuse to visit Scotland! Thanks everyone for the ridiculous and fantastic suggestions!

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:19:16 GMT

minasmorgul23 Author Posts: 16 Use the Necronomicon.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:19:35 GMT

AdmiralAle Author Posts: 13 He is a zombie. Always will be a zombie. Maybe not so outlandish? I'll try again: When he realizes he's dead, he could be like "aw yeah I'm a ghost let's go fool around with civilians," but people see him trying t get away with it? He's been buried in the ground for a good week. We're still with his inner thoughts when a group of satanic wannabe rockstars dig him up and perform a cult resurrection and bring him back to life. He goes to whichever afterlife place you or the character believes in, but they won't accept him. He hasn't done enough with his life. He's really got the soul of a cat and needs to die 9 times. Helpful?

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:19:52 GMT

CTacker Author Posts: 129 Absolutely Perfect Admiral. I vote the resurrected by a band thing. That really seems to be what the kids are after these days.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:20:06 GMT

Akaless Administrator Posts: 116 You think the kids are after resurrection by band now, eh? Well it's a step up from candy from your van I suppose.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:20:26 GMT

CTacker Author Posts: 129 I tried the candy bit. They got wise to my promise of tasty caramel treats hiding in my pockets. There's no candy at the end of this Wonka rainbow.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:20:41 GMT

AdmiralAle Author Posts: 13 C. Tacker, I'm glad I could help. Its always fun to bring in the aspiring satanists, no? They could really be hipsters just trying to find something very nonconformist, and that would be bringing back a dead guy and praising Satan. Very underground. No pun intended.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:20:57 GMT

tashacb Author Posts: 11 I love Kenny from south park! and thank goodness in the more recent episodes they actually bring up the fact that he keeps dying, coming back, and no one remembering a thing. i like how they explained it as his parents getting mixed up in some cult. i'll admit i usually go for the vamp cop-out just because it's so easy since everyone knows the base line of: they dies, come back to life, start sucking the life out of others. not to mention it's pretty easy to make that either intense and action packed, or some-what comical, just as long as people don't try to turn the undead into something seductive/romantic and the recent wave of writers for young adult novels has, then it just gets lame, cliche, and creepy-fan-girl-esque

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:21:13 GMT

AdmiralAle Author Posts: 13 Tashacb, I agree with the whole South Park thing. That was such a relief. It was amazing. And don't even start on the vampire thing. Its such a tragedy that today's society has lost the real back story and meaning to vampires. What ever happened to Nosferatu???? Such a very sad loss. So very tragic.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:21:26 GMT

Caed Administrator Posts: 43 Since when did vampires become a real thing and it would only be cliche to alter them ...from the cliche? Confused.

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