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Character continuity

by Rebecca Whelan on March 14th, 2012

Batman re-imagined as a finger puppet

Having a browse through the more obscure sections of a newspaper can be quite entertaining. This article in particular has got me thinking about sequels this week, and in particular what happens to a characters once they have been created.

As a writer myself (one more amateur than I’d like to admit!) it’s a little upsetting to think that your characters can be taken up by other people. I put a lot of time and effort into creating them, and I’d like to think (wishfully, perhaps) that nobody would be able to write them quite as well as I do.

But on the other hand, character is created just as much by the reader than it is by the writer. As you can see from my daring re-ivention of Batman, different people bring different interpretations to the character, which may be worlds away from what the writer originally intended. Reading is a process of negotiation between what we are told and what we generate for ourselves. Some of the plays we’ve had through for our competition have contained truly unforgettable characters, and it’ll be brilliant to see them come to life on stage, especially watching the actor and writer work together to create something believable and relatable. I think that’s where theatre really wins out over a book – you really get to know someone in a way that can be quite difficult to do through text.

That’s what really appeals to me, in any case – I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!

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