What Ethnicty Are Your Characters?

  • Sardonic Grin

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    All my character's are white. Mainly because I write fanfiction, so the bands I would write for, and the video games, all had white people. So..yeah, couldn't really do much about that. Even the original stories I have, all the character's are white. I see in whtie, I guess. I mean, I don't have much of a desire to write about someone who is of a different race. Not because I am racist or anything, just, I don't feel connected to them? Or something. I don't know.

    But I do believe that ethnicity is a big thing. Especially if your story is taking place in a small town or city. Like, if you set your story in New York City, even, there are so many different kinds of people from different places all around the world- you are bound to notice, even if you live here.

    Some of my stories take place in my home town of Staten Island, which a very conservative, borderline racist, part of New York City. I grew up in a "white" neighborhood, where all my neighbors were either Italian or Irish, and highly racist. If I am setting my story there, I have to deal with the race issue. I have to recreate the way these kids interact with those of another race. Just ignoring it doesn't make you not a racist, it makes you almost ignorant.
    July 5th, 2009 at 12:46am
  • paper sirens.

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    My main characters are all caucasian. I'm not racist, but when I think of a character, they are naturally caucasian in my head. And it's the race I'm most attracted to, so I go with that.
    July 20th, 2009 at 08:55am
  • MassacreChan

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    I love being culturally diverse in my stories.
    In all of my stories there's always at least one or two characters that isn't white.
    That's because I love exploring different races.
    Though most of my unwritten stuff that has yet to be posted on here, the main characters are Asian.
    I guess that's because just like everyone else white is the most common thing for them but for me since I'm asian and LOVE the asian culture that's what I go with.

    I actually don't mind the caucasian thing though because that's what everyone goes with but I would like to see different races/cultures in the story.
    Sometimes it could lead to interesting ideas for stories but not the most common use for them, which is racism, because some of the stories I read, when the main character isn't white, the main problem in the story is racism. Which isn't a bad thing, it's just you could be a little creative with their culture for a story other than that.

    Example; People that are from different countries (like let's say Egypt) do have different customs and the like so to use it in contrast with another character whose white may lead into some interesting dialouge/actions/etc.
    July 23rd, 2009 at 08:18am
  • astroz0mbie

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    Most of my characters are white, because it's honestly in a person's nature to create characters in their own image. Sort of.

    But I did have a few characters in an old story that were Latin. I didn't really specify where they were from though.
    July 23rd, 2009 at 02:43pm
  • Spaztastic

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    All characters are from City of Lost Angels. Some haven't been introduced yet (then again, only two have).

    Dahlia "Fluke" Mendrickson - and her entire family - is white, though she's not even sure herself where her family is from. They've been in the States, and Los Angeles, so long it doesn't really matter to them anymore.

    Officer Daniel Nax is also white. Never thought about where he'd be from.

    Marcus Anderson is full Jamaican. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, though he's picked up some accent from his parents who grew up in Jamaica.

    Jessica DiMaggio is half-Italian from her father and half-English from her mother. Born and raised on the east side of Los Angeles.

    Saturnino (I never picked a last name for him) is Mexican. He was born in Mexico and moved to LA in his early adult years.

    Jozephina "Joze" Rios has Spanish background, though her father's family has been in the States for many generations, how much isn't known. Her mother was white, but Joze's father didn't know where her family was from.

    JD Davis is white - Polish from his father's side and a mixture from his mother's. His parents moved to LA from Chicago before they had him. Most of his family still lives there.

    Jinx is white. Never put much though into where her family is from, though.

    Eric Smith is white - Irish from his mother's side and English from his father's. He was born in London and moved to LA as a young child. He has no accent, but he uses British slang quite a bit.

    Those are the main characters.

    I have another story that I'm planning where the main character Bean - if living in this world. It's a fantasy story in a different realm - would be a Mediterranean descent. She has the darker skin tone, yet lighter brown hair.

    The majority of my characters are usually white - I don't always tell what they are, though. They don't always - usually rarely - have the same hertiage I have. They may have one or the other, but not all three. When I start writing a story that's just how the character pops into my head. However, if it's set in a place in a certain city or area, I take into consideration the percent of whites/blacks/Hispanics/Asians and try to form my story like that.

    Like in another story of mine I'm just starting to plan. It's set in my area, so there will be a fair amount of blacks to whites.
    July 23rd, 2009 at 06:24pm
  • honeybee-red

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    I'm trying to diversify my characters now. Mainly they would be Caucasian characters even if I am African American but now with all these new ideas that I'm having, all my characters are a mix of every culture in some way...after I do some serious research
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    August 24th, 2009 at 04:15am
  • Fedex

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    In my story Handcuffed the main character's part Mexican and another character who's a woman only barely mentioned so far is Cuban.
    August 24th, 2009 at 04:24am
  • Doctor

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    Russian and white.

    I've never done a black character before...because, well, it never crossed my mind for some reason. I think I'll do a black character soon...hm.
    September 1st, 2009 at 09:53pm
  • Zachary Merrick.

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    My characters in - as yet unwritten - Forever The Sickest Kids are really different to each other. Marta is Norwegian-American and she's white, then Nate's Welsh-Italian, so he looks sort of stereotypically Italian. Alexis is German and white, Danniel's Eurasian, and Ella's Spanish.

    That story's really a mixed bag.
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:32pm
  • ravegirl.

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    Most of mine are American.
    But In my current story, Delilah is Native American.
    And in another, (A Harry Potter) she is British. None of my stories have non-native races. I might add some, though.
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:51pm
  • the fiddling imp

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    Jaya - Indian.
    Rennie - English, a hint of French somewhere.
    Toby - English, I think.
    Helen - Greek, but grew up mainly in England.
    September 3rd, 2009 at 12:47pm
  • evie may.

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    Freya is Scandinavian.
    Annalise is Native American.

    Most of the others are white - a few are German, French or Irish.
    September 3rd, 2009 at 01:18pm
  • Star_Wanderer

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    Oh wow I never thought about it. All of mine are like, American type people. I will change it up now though. It never even crossed my mind! :(
    September 3rd, 2009 at 03:30pm
  • beatriceyork

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    In my story " The Dead & The Damned" my main character is Chinese and Jamacian. She had fire engine red hair & honey colored skin. And her name is Corrine.

    I try to be "diverse". My female characters are rarely ever one thing or another. They especially are never white unless its a fan-fic. And even then I'd rather go for Asain or something.

    As a black / mixed kid I feel the need to bring out the diversity of the world in my stories. I know there are plenty chicks who read literature and are like the main charcter will never be "LIKE ME".

    Also, my vampires , werewolves, demons are also not just "white". I imagine that even in the supernatural world there should diversity. Especially since majority of the world isn't white ... its not realistic.

    I love exploring different cultures as well. I think its beautiful.

    I kinda stick to Asian/African/Pacfic-islander/Latin decent.
    September 22nd, 2009 at 12:35am
  • mortal peril.

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    Most of mine are white. I've had some minor characters who are Vietnamese, Italian, etc, but all the main characters are white.

    You could put this down to me not knowing much about other cultures and also, the fact that my story (unposted) is set in a small country town where almost everyone is white.

    In the future I'd like to write about other cultures though.
    September 26th, 2009 at 01:43pm
  • mercuryskullbunny

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    Natasha McFadden is both Irish and American. She has a dual citizenship.

    Chris Frost is American by birth but English by heritage.

    Ava Quinto is American but partially Italian by heritage.

    Samantha Rodriguez is Puerto Rican by birth and heritage.

    Evan Bouchard is Canadian born (and raised for a few years), but he's also American.

    Hatsumi is Japanese, born and raised, but she eventually became and American citizen.

    Calista Lambros is Greek, though she doesn't have the accent.

    Alessandro De Luca is both American and Italian.

    Kaia's nationality is unknown, though she's been known to mention Atlantis a few times. Some people think she was joking; others don't.
    September 30th, 2009 at 06:59am
  • IncompleteMelodies

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    I was pretty surprised when I saw this come up, but I thought it kind of cool :)

    Anyway, my stories are based in the US (pretty typical) so my characters come from all over (their parents immigrated from wherever). I've got numbers of stories I haven't yet posted, but the ethnicities I have are:
    Mixed: African-American (hehe I'm just gonna use black and white) and White, Mexican and White, Cuban/Jamaican and White
    White: Italian, American, English, Hungarian, Irish, German, Canadian
    Black: American
    Hispanic: Mexican, Colombian
    Asian: Korean, Japanese
    Other: Lebanese/Israeli, Hawaiian

    In other stories I haven't specified what they are because I didn't and it's nice to have characters thought up your own way every once in a while (that's what I think).
    Uh...I pick my characters' ethnicities by the picture I get in my head when I think them up, but I try to make it a bit balanced cuz everyone deserves to be out there, no?

    Yup.
    October 12th, 2009 at 03:19pm
  • peter quill.

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    All of mine are white, this is probably because aside from gonig to a few parts of town, and a handful of people in my school life, so I write what I'm used to I guess.
    October 15th, 2009 at 10:52pm
  • fleur de lisbon

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    All characters are from The Vaulted Sky collection.
    • The Abreu Family are Portuguese-Americans. Vitor, the patriarch, is from Algarve - where a family estate still stands - and Dominha, the matriarch, is from Lisbon - the capital. Both have extended family members there, and often visit the country with their children, who were all born in the United States.
    • The Bazan Family are from Argentina and up until twenty years ago, all lived in Buenos Aires, the capital.
    • Cristavao Diakité is Angolan. As a former colony of Portugal, it is no surprise he works for Vitor Abreu, a Portuguese businessman.
    March 16th, 2010 at 07:51pm
  • chromatose

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    i have black and white characters, but i think that's just because of the way i grew up. if i didn't live in the city of chicago then everyone would probably be white, you know what i mean.
    March 16th, 2010 at 09:31pm