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30 December 2007 @ 11:52 pm
The Curse of Chalion Discussion #2: Characters  
Hello! Sorry this and the next post came late but I was a bit under the weather this weekend. If you've recently finished the book, feel free to jump in on the first discussion any time. ^_^ You may answer any or all of the questions or, if it's related to characters bring up your own.


Who were your favorite and least favorite characters? Why?

Could you relate to anyone?

Was there anyone you wish you saw more of in the story? Less of?

How do you think the author treated the characters?

Were the antagonists compelling enough for you?

What did you think of the relationships presented in the story?
 
 
 
Sakanagi: Utena shadow girlssakanagi on December 31st, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Who were your favorite and least favorite characters? Why?

My favourite was probably Cazaril, because he got the most character development and was far from being a walking stereotype. Ista was an interesting character, too. Her reactions to things like her son's death, and the way she was jaded and not really mad at all made her stand out. Least favourite...maybe Dondo. He just wasn't very interesting. An interchangeable brutish villain.

Could you relate to anyone?

No, not particularly. From my point of view, that was one of the downsides of the book. But now that I think of it, for some reason, Umegat might have been the easiest to identify with. I'm not sure what it was in his characterisation that made that so. Perhaps it was because he was interested in talking to Cazaril for the understandable human reason of just not having had a suitable person to discuss certain things with. That made him seem much more realistic.

Was there anyone you wish you saw more of in the story? Less of?

I'd have liked to see more of Betriz and Iselle. They weren't ignored in the story, but I don't feel as if they were fully fleshed out either, much as with most of the rest of the cast, I suppose.

Were the antagonists compelling enough for you?

No. I think dy Jironal was made slightly more interesting by the idea that he too had been affected by the curse in a way, but it wasn't enough to make him memorable. The antagonists seemed to be there only to be bad, with nothing in addition to that.
Oryoscriva on January 4th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Since Cazaril was the most fleshed character, he also was the most easiest to get to. I'm not sure I would say that he was my favorite character, though. However, without him, there would be no story, he drives the plot and I like it this way.

Of the other characters, I liked Umegat and Ista most. Umegat is a sort of character, I like very much, because he is somewhat humble, friendly and spiritual. I would have liked to see more of the two girls, Iselle and Bétriz, they seemed more like potentials, but not like completely fleshed out characters. The relationship between Cazaril and Bétriz was a bit too predictable to be fulfilling, but I generally liked them. I just would have liked to get more. ;)

I was severely disappointed with the bad guys, since a big part of the story dealt with the court, making the enemies only cardboard villains is a missed opportunity for more depth.