Apr 18, 2013

Characters that are Inanimate Objects

Sometimes your main character is a human, sometimes they are an animal and sometimes they are... things.

One of my current manuscripts features characters that are things. Now, when I play out the story in my head, I see it flowing smoothly with the characters doing each action gracefully.  Then, I think to myself, "If these things walk, won't they need legs?  Wait a minute!  They can't have legs, that's just weird."  I have no clue what goes on in the illustration world, so my fears might be totally unfounded.

After having these thoughts, I went to the library and checked out the book Chopsticks, which of course is about two human-like chopsticks.  In the story, many other objects have arms and legs, and this helped me see the future of my characters.  I guess objects can have arms and legs.  Reading Chopsticks also made me realize that I might like writing about objects as much as humans or animals.

What are some of your favorite books that feature main characters that are objects?

1 comment:

  1. I quite enjoyed Terry Pratchett's "The Colour of Magic" -- it had a sword in the stone that was a talking sword, and was quite cheeky if I remember correctly. :)