Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Who are you?" "Um, I'm your MC..."

I’ve seen character sketches before, but I wanted to do something a little different. Do you know your MC? I’m going to see how close to a real teen my protagonist is. How you ask? I’ve randomly selected things to test my knowledge of my character but also to see how close I come to what real teens think.

The second part of this post will be on Friday. Then the fun starts. I’ll compare my answers to real teens. I’ve surveyed **well, my daughter has** 6 teens (3 boys and 3 girls from her high school) and she’ll get the answers tomorrow from them. I haven’t seen them.

I know every character/teen is different. However, I think there are some similarities inherent in most teens. It would be fun to get the teen perspective on some things/issues.

My character:

Chloe Carmichael is 16 years old. She lives in New York City with her parents and older brother Matt. She attends a private school. Many of the students’ parents at the school are celebrities or in politics. Chloe’s father is a senator and her mother is an attorney.

How would you say:
“I’m sorry”
“I can’t believe you did that.”
“I can’t believe that happened.”       
“What’s wrong with you?”    
“I’m listening to music”          
“Soul mate”         

 Chloe’s Answer

“Sorry” or “My bad”
“What the…”
“What’s your deal?”
“I’m jammin’…” 
“Crush” or “boyfriend”

 This or That

Flip flops or tennis shoes
Ice cream or Sherbet
Kindle or books
Music or TV
Twilight or The Hunger Games
Action or Romance
Comedy or Suspense
P B and J or Ham and Cheese
Zeus, Hades, or Neither
Drama or Comedy                           
Popular or 1or 2 friends
Cheerleader/Jock, Nerd, or Nobody          
Gum or mints                         
Favorite subject in school:
Least favorite subject in school:

Chloe’s Answers

Flip Flops
The Hunger Games
PB and J
1 or 2 friends

Q and A

How do you feel about PDA?                    
I don’t want everybody in my business so I keep it to a minimum.

What do you do on the weekends for fun?
Shop with my two best friends.

When did you start dating?
In the 8th grade. 

Do you and your siblings get along?
Sometimes but he’s a snob and I’m not.

Would you cry in public?
I try not to get too emotional in public. My mother would have a heart attack if she knew I was crying in public.

Would you follow your friends if they were doing something wrong or would you do the right thing?
It depends on what they were doing. I wouldn’t hurt anyone physically. But I’d be down for a practical joke, even if it were on a teacher.


  1. fun post - I'm looking forward to seeing how your answers match up on Friday

  2. What a neat post! Looking forward for more post from you. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I can't wait to see how the teens answer these questions. This is really fun idea!

  4. Thanks, everyone. I can't wait to get the results back from my daughter. This is fun!!!

  5. What a great idea Dawn!! I'll have to come back later today (since I wasn't hear yesterday) to catch the rest! How cool to see how a teen answers to see how well they match! HOW FUN!!


    I'm a newbie here and already I'm having a blast! I do you hope you'll stop in and say hi today!

  6. Hey, Jen. Glad you stopped by. I'll be posting results on Friday, early (central time). Hope you come back and join the fun!

  7. Great post. I have posed this same question to my daughter and her friends many times while writing. Listening into a conversation between them is like listening to a conversation being held by aliens. They talk so fast and use weird abbreviations. I will stop back later to see what their responses were.


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