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How to make a character | Based on existing characters, you can make new characters!

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"I can not make good characters ... How can I make good characters?"

This article summarizes the method of making a new character based on the character of existing work.

Of course it is not plagiarism.

I am referring to Eiji Otuka's book "HOW TO MAKE THE CHARACTER NOVEL" etc.

Eiji Otuka "HOW TO MAKE THE CHARACTER NOVEL" (Kadokawa)

There is no 100% original idea

The following idea is the foundation.

"There is no 100% original idea"

Below, I will quote from "HOW TO MAKE THE CHARACTER NOVEL".

『ぼくたちの作るものは、決してぼくたちのオリジナルではありません

…(中略)…

ぼくたちは全く何もないところからすべてを作り出すのではなく、先人の作った財産の上にあくまでものを書いているのです』

― from "HOW TO MAKE THE CHARACTER NOVEL" by Eiji Otuka

The point of what he is explaining is as follows.

"We can not create anything from nothing. We are creating based on the works created by our seniors"

In other words, any work is surely affected by other works.

The work that our seniors made is the inheritance of everyone.You should use it positively.

So how can we make characters based on the work of our seniors?

How to make a character based on existing works

In a nutshell, "Cook that character in a different way".

Let's analyze the interest of the character.

"Why is it interesting?"
"What is innovative?"
"What did I like?"

If you express the interest in a different way, it will not be plagiarism.

About that, it is also written in "How to make a character novel". I quote below.

まず、元ネタのキャラクターを一度、抽象化する。

…(中略)…

その上で、そこに改めて元ネタとは全く異なる外見や性別や名前や時代背景を与えてあげればいいわけです。

― from "HOW TO MAKE THE CHARACTER NOVEL" by Eiji Otuka

In other words, what he is saying is as follows.

"First, abstract the character that you want to base. Then add extra different appearance, sex, name and era background."

The point is whether you can "abstract" well.

If "abstraction" is bad, it will resemble the character you base. There is also the possibility of plagiarism.

You can "abstract" by removing "gender" "appearance" "era background" and so on.

Let's abstract Tezuka Osamu's character "Black Jack" as an example.

Then, I think that it is "A person who do not have a license, but have a great technique".

With this, you can make various characters.

For example, it can be a character like the following.

"A bad education, but a very smart man" or "She does not have a car license, but the world's best F1 racer" etc ...

These are not plagiarism.

Summary

The way to make characters based on existing characters was as follows.

  • "Abstract" the base character
  • Giving 'name', 'gender', 'appearance', 'era background' different from the base character

Reference book in this article

Eiji Otuka "HOW TO MAKE THE CHARACTER NOVEL" (Kadokawa)

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