If you’re an avid reader, especially in the fantasy genre (all sub-genres included), you’ll probably find some well-known book characters within Sion Zona, Lord Tuukka, Lord Col Eriksson, and others. Along with popular television and film characters. Both good and evil, that is.
Today’s post won’t necessarily talk about my book characters. Instead, you’ll need to join the Readers Republic for special access to my growing list of character profiles. Joining the Republic will give you the password needed to access such portions of my website and of course, you’ll get two free reader magnets!
But, today I will cover characters that you may have heard of, and characters you may have never read about before but should – most of which appear on my book review site Action-Packed Book Reviews – and why I chose to base such characters on them.
So, are you ready to discover which book characters influenced the creation of my own?
Zona reminds me of James Potter and Sirius Black from a personality standpoint. But to a rather refined extent. He’s arrogant, but not so much that he’s a turnoff to some people. He’s cocky, confident of his ability, and well-versed in anything he sets his mind to. He also has a little Steve Rogers in him.
I also see a lot of Jess Ballard from E.E. Holmes’ World of the Gateway Series in Sion. Like Jess, Sion can get irrational, especially when under stress. It’s something you’ll see erupt in Wind Wielder a couple of times. So if you like fiery protagonists, but not so much that they completely fly off the handle, Sion’s your guy.
Pertaining to real-life inspirations, I primarily based Sion on myself, especially from a physique and interests standpoint. But not so much personality-wise. Oh, and given some of Sion’s recklessness and elaborate schemes, you can even see a little George Costanza in him.
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I’ve often described Raj as my most polarizing character. And you will too. She’s sort of like a Severus Snape slash Dolores Umbridge slash Bellatrix Lestrange. However, just how Sion isn’t as cocky as James Potter and Sirius Black, Raj is not as sadistic as Umbridge and Bella. Unless she can justify it.
Raj also really reminds me of Winter Mortis from Rebecca Garcia’s Fate of the Crowns. While I created Raj before I read Fate of the Crowns, I find a ton of similarities between the two characters. Something that I elaborate on in the character profile, Meet Raj Worthy. For access to the aforementioned link, make sure you join the Readers Republic for the password.
Lord Col Eriksson
Lord Col Eriksson, who insists on going by Col, will remind you of some of the wisest characters in television, literature, and film history. He’s like the Obi-Wan Kenobi slash Albus Dumbledore of the series, with his calm, yet fierce when necessary demeanor.
However, Col’s rather cunning and mysterious, putting some of John Locke (from the hit TV series Lost) in him too. A man of faith, but also a man willing to sacrifice anything for a greater good, Col Eriksson is also like those characters pulling several strings from behind-the-scenes.
Catch Lord Col Eriksson’s profile on July 5th.
Lord Tuukka is one of the primary antagonists, and he’s a lot like those you’ve come to despise over the years. He’s got a lot of Tom Riddle in him, among other antagonistic characters. A puppet master unlike any other, Tuukka is also akin to Dr. Lowell Stratford from Tracy Lawson’s Resistance Series, and Agatha from Tarah Benner’s Witches of Mountain Shadow. You can also think of him as President Snow from The Hunger Games.
From a looks standpoint, I continually picture Keanu Reeves any time Lord Tuukka enters a scene. Hey, perhaps if the Elementals Universe ever made it big (one can always dream, right?) Reeves would sign on for the role!
I will unlock Lord Tuukka to the Readers Republic on July 12th.
Erno is that straightforward character who, if you’ve ever watched a comic troupe in action, would play the “straight character” to the off-the-wall antics that the rest of the cast exhibits. Not exactly comic relief, I still based Erno on the character Jerry Seinfeld and his shortness on Ben Stein. He’s just a much younger version of the two. You’ll also see a bit of Tony Stark in him.
Physique-wise, I modeled him after two extended family members, especially in the hair and face. Yeah, I know that’s a vaguer than vague description. But again, join the Readers Republic and you’ll get more than just vague comparisons here regarding Erno and the rest of the cast.
Expect his profile on August 16th, 2021.
The Core Four
The Core Four is a group of characters that I had a lot of fun with. When you read Wind Wielder, you may think of them as Chekhov guns, given their seeming cameos. However, they’re a group of girls whose physiques I’ve actually based on real-life individuals, those of my favorite K-pop band, Blackpink.
That said, you won’t see them based on any actual characters from literature. And no, these four do not share the same personality as their Blackpink counterparts. However, they were a lot of fun to create, and they sort of play the role of those characters an author or director will randomly insert into a work. However, they’re no random characters…
Learn more about the Core Four on August 30th, 2021.
What About Archetypes?
You may make a few correlations to character archetypes in the Elementals Universe, but you won’t find anything blatant. So if you’re into say, the classical archetypes in any work, I will disappoint you. However, if you’re a reader who’d rather see something different, then you’re in for a real treat.
Therefore, I created each character in the Elementals Universe without even considering an archetype. You will find no real correlation here. But as I said, you may find a correlation or two pertaining to specific archetypes in a variety of my characters.
Not sure what a character archetype is?
Check out the following post by Self Publishing School.
Most Book Characters in the Elementals Universe Are…
Highly original concepts. That said, other than the main cast above me, I didn’t necessarily base any other character, and I got an ensemble cast, on anyone major. Perhaps except real-life individuals whose looks I loosely used. Uh, let’s make that very loosely based.
So for characters like Hannah and Timo Kakko, Mikko and Valkyrie Siskonen, Liri Viorunen, Shia Eaglesky, Skyra Beck, and so many others who appear throughout the series, there are no real book, television, or movie counterparts. So if you’re a reader who craves originality, you’re getting a lot of it when you read Elementals of Nordica and any series in the Elementals Universe.
And even the book characters I did use inspiration for, you’ll probably find much originality in them, too.
Thank you for reading today’s post, and Go Suns!