Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Which Candidate is the Best Character?

 For those of you who enjoy the political process, or just those of you who live within the borders of Florida and have seen an endless stream of campaign commercials on your television over the past week, you know that today is the Florida presidential primary.  The four men who are still contenders for the Republican nomination are hoping for votes from the panhandle down to Miami Beach.

Politicians are featured in all of my novels, as I find their egos and their grandstanding to be fascinating and they make for great literary characters.  So, here is my question for today.  If you could select one of the four men on the Florida ballot to use as a character in your next book, who would it be?

Will you choose former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who seems to be the favored candidate although no one seems too excited about it?  He's got that clean cut, conservative appeal that makes him a stately patriarch for a family.

How about Newt Gingrich?  His critics argue that you are never really sure what is going to come out of his mouth next, and that could make for some great moments in a novel!  And, of course there is the marital history that is simply a literary goldmine.

Another option is Rick Santorum.  He is calm and consistent.  You probably aren't going to dig up a bunch of dirt on this guy, so perhaps he would make a good straight man next to some of your more wild characters.

And, of course, there's Representative Ron Paul.  If he ever showed at the clubhouse in one of my novels, I'm sure that some of the regulars would love to sit around and rail against the government with him!

So, who's your pick?  I'm not asking for the one who would get your vote; I just want to know which one offers the most writing inspiration!

James Ross
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey's Course, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score
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bertcarson said...

I'm holding out for a hero and there's not one in this group.

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

Tough choice, they are all such characters! I think Mitt would be the most fun to write as a character. However, if you put all of these characters together, it would probably come across as 'unbelievable'. Truth is stranger than fiction. :)

Gerry Wendel said...

Of course, it depends on what type of character you need for a particular story. The one that would be most colorful is Mr. Gingrich since he is the only one that appears to have any aspects that could be deemed "scandalous".

CLC said...

What a fascinating way to make listening to politicians not totally a waste of time. Maybe I'll actually start. Very clever blog and idea.