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New General SOTF Discussion Thread; Yep
Topic Started: Nov 20 2013, 11:42 AM (20,522 Views)
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I had always assumed that diversity was like, kinda a part of the terrorists' selection process. Like, the name of the game is "kids killing each other", not "poor, white kids killing each other", so a more representative sample is kinda beneficial to their overall message? Considering that school trips are getting less and less common though, maybe being that level of selective is getting less practical?

Generally speaking though, with most ethnic and socio-economic groups, you'll get more intra-sample difference than inter-sample difference. Like, there's likely to be more distinction between two randomly chosen poor people than there is between the hypothetical, totally average poor person and the average rich person. So there's still room for a lot of diversity and whatnot while still being in, like, a statistically representative class.

It's tricky as well though, just in terms of like, there are always gonna be people for whom, due to experience and whatnot, it's gonna be easier to write a blue collar, white American kid. White Americans are kinda good, at least, in that they're really well-represented, media wise, so what life is like for them and whatnot is pretty well known, internationally. I'd be at an absolute loss if this was set in like, a school in Italy or something.
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Question: to what extent does/should a character's profile comprise essential reading for that character?

When writing someone, should you assume that the people who are reading your character will have read the profile, and are familiar with their backstory etc., rr should you simply include relevant backstory details in the main story, as they become relevant? Before setting out to read a character, do you first read their profile? Do you think characters work better when their story is "complete", or when there are relevant (and possibly necessary) details in the profile, and the two compliment one another?
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also props to condor
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