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Inspired by some comments uncacreamy and ambrose_rinaldo made on my last post...

When I roleplay, I seem to gravitate toward certain character types. The ones that resonate the most strongly with me are the ones that contain some part of myself, or something that I would like to be. They're also the character types I tend to have the most fun playing, which is why I come back to them again and again.

I don't think that I could play someone that was totally different from myself. When I've tried, they've ended up falling flat more often than not.

Does this happen to anyone else?

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efbq
Jul. 31st, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Most of the characters I play tend to have some level of complexity... either in backstory, moral outlook, or some other aspect of self.... sure, I draw on myself a lot.
uncacreamy
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Usually, they have some aspect of myself in them, but I've played characters who are nothing like myself.. I'm doing that now, in fact. After a while, I get into their heads, and then they play themselves, like the others.
justric
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Remind me to loan you some of my acting books at some point. The trick basically lies in finding out why a certain type of NPC may react in certain ways, then figuring out what would make you react the same way.

Think of it less as playing someone totally different from yourself and more like discovering parts of yourself you weren't fully aware of.

Like acting, it's still an imperfect process. (Example: In Spindle's background, the goblin Gloria Tripper is nothing like me, but she came out better than her counterpoint, Derricks.)
auraseer11
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
When I try to play a character who has different outlooks or major life-styles than my own, they fall appart faster than my great aunt's tasteless crumble cake.
cleverusername2
Aug. 1st, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
I used to play characters that contained some aspects of myself (or aspects that I would like to see in myself) but after a few years of this I tried to challenge myself to play very different characters. This escapism has been a lark (being able to react in ways I would never react).
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