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Book/movie recommendations with similar feel as A Prayer for Owen Meany?

Looking for books or movies (fiction) that have a character who is "different" in that they have been prepared (perhaps "predestined"?) to fulfill a purpose that is often misunderstood or ignored by others. They may intuitively know about this purpose from the start, or it might be slowly revealed to them, or it only comes together at the sentinel event; as a result, they may have some quality of "otherness" (as best I can describe it). Some examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by sealee on May 28, 2014 - 25 answers

Looking for great characters from Movies or TV with the preface THE

I have four paintings to fill in my office that are blank and I was thinking about doing something with THE. The idea would be a stencil of Jeff Bridges in Lebowski with THE DUDE underneath. And then in the framed pic next to him, maybe Elvis as a stencil with THE KING underneath. And that's all I've got. And I'm not totally sold on either. But I need some options. What are some characters - real or fictional - who are known by their moniker with THE in it? Ideally two words. Including the THE.
posted by rileyray3000 on May 14, 2014 - 77 answers

Several characters in search of a plot

I'm looking for an example novel(s) that features several separate third person viewpoint characters with seemingly different plot strands at the beginning but whose plots converge as they go on and they end up meeting further on in the novel (if only briefly). I want to see how the author handles these meetings and the meta narrative of several stories merging into one. I would prefer mainstream rather than literary as I'd like to seem something straight forward rather than overly tricky and would prefer sf but please don't let that constrict you as I'm more interested in the mechanics rather than the background and any genre would do.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 14, 2013 - 50 answers

this codex kills fascists?

What are some Biblical characters (OT or NT) whose deeds might be considered inspirational by a contemporary, secular, social justice-oriented audience?
posted by threeants on Oct 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Writers: how do you go about creating new characters?

Writers: how do you go about creating new characters? I've tried in the past, but they usually end up a combination of tired cliches and quotes from old movies. They never feel real. If I don't have a natural talent for doing this, how do I get better at it?
posted by archagon on Aug 2, 2013 - 19 answers

ISO Good Mystery Series (novels)

I think I'd like to begin following an author who writes mysteries featuring a regular protagonist and cast of recurring characters, but I have some d'ruthers. Can you help match me up? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 20, 2013 - 30 answers

Separating people from other people

Hey AskMetafilter - calling on all writers for help. I write screenplays, and I think my greatest weakness is that I have trouble developing clear, consistent characters in my work. I seem to constantly make characters do things that don't fit their personalities - which creates a lot of confusion for my readers. I need help figuring out how to create well-defined characters who are consistent throughout the text. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet on Jun 7, 2013 - 26 answers

Bands/Artists with non-alphanumeric symbols

I'm looking for examples of bands or solo artists which contain non-alphanumeric characters in their name. They must be well known (in the UK) and mainstream. [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Jun 4, 2013 - 44 answers

How common are fictional characters in real life?

Last night I realized that two of the places I have worked have had, as part of the lore of the place, a fictional character who everyone willingly pretended was real (in a tongue-in-cheek way). These were both in semi-educational institutions, but it was the adults who propagated the myth of the character, for each others' entertainment. These characters both sent postcards from around the world, and gathered to them improbable stories about their adventures. I'm wondering, how common is this phenomenon, and can you describe any fictional characters that have been part of the lore and legend where you have lived or worked? [more inside]
posted by Miko on May 23, 2013 - 71 answers

Help with coming up with a titular character for my book

I need help coming up with a titular character of my book, someone who is sympathetic and sounds like a reasonable person to ask for advice. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on May 7, 2013 - 25 answers

Please translate these chinese characters for me

Please translate these chinese characters for me. We got this cute clothes as a gift for our firstborn daughter, with a pair of chinese characters on them. What do they say?
posted by jgwong on Apr 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Movies or stories with sympathetic monsters/villains?

I'd like to compile a list of sympathetic monsters/villains, portrayed in any medium--film, fiction, art, music, myth. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Mar 18, 2013 - 44 answers

How to replace non-ascii characters with HTML entities?

I’m currently working on an international project and need to format documents written in German, Polish and Croatian for use on the web. What is the quickest way to convert all the non-ASCII characters into the relevant character entity? Some sort of web form would be my ideal solution, but I’d settle for a freeware program.
posted by the latin mouse on Feb 27, 2013 - 8 answers

How to ensure US browsers can see a Scandinavian char in a blog post?

A friend of mine is a blogger in the US. We're thinking about a blog post in which he would use the Scandinavian letter Ä a few times ( & a u m l ; ). My concern is whether his primarily American readers will see the letter on their screen, or something entirely different. [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on Feb 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Sarcastic, clever characters in recent films (2000-2013)

Looking for sarcastic, clever, witty characters like Winona Ryder's in "Beetlejuice" or "Heathers", or Parker Posey's in "Kicking and Screaming"* (the Noah Baumbach film, not the one with Will Ferrell), films made around 2000-2013. Ideally there will be YouTube clips for the best scenes. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Feb 3, 2013 - 11 answers

What does this bar of soap say?

My mom has a bar of soap that I probably gave her as a gift several years ago. We're trying to figure out what language, if any, the logo/brandname are in and what it means. It could be mirrored or upside down but it still doesn't look like any character set I recognize. The soap was probably purchased at a fair trade store so it could be from anywhere.
posted by ChrisHartley on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Harry and Jon and ____

My non-reader boyfriend enjoys Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire because he easily became so invested in the characters. He doesn't care so much about literary value; he just wants characters that he can care about and journey with, and when they feel grief or happiness, he wants to mourn for them or celebrate with them. What should he read next? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Sep 29, 2012 - 43 answers

Whiny men in anime?

Why are there so many whiny supporting male characters in anime? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 1, 2012 - 5 answers

The Best of Contemporary Literary Characters

Please help me find contemporary literary/fictional characters that make you want to love them, hate them, or -- even better -- both. [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on Aug 2, 2012 - 44 answers

english, please...

Could you read some Japanese (or possibly Chinese?) characters for me? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Aug 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Interview With A Character

Help me find this bookfilter: An writer's guide 'interview' with your own fiction character to help uncover their traits and depths. Or, a similar list of interview questions to learn a lot about someone in a short time. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jul 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Indy Ploy

Want to find a quote I heard recently about writing good characters. The idea was that a character should be really good at something, but constantly put upon, so that nothing goes their way. Indiana Jones was held up as being a perfect example. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Jun 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Spock vs. the Anti-Spock

Anyone have good ideas of characters who personify over-emotional thinking, over-rational thinking and a healthy balance of both? The missus leads a group at a recovery center, and she's trying to find examples to show the patients to help them understand between emotional and rational thinking. The best we've come up with is Spock/McCoy/Kirk; is there a good clip that shows this interplay between the characters? Or, please, if you have better characters and scenes she could use, we'd appreciate it.
posted by razdrez on May 16, 2012 - 20 answers

How to find a type of character

Looking for plays featuring particularly confident characters; any era will do. Specific recommendations/favourites would be great - tips on finding them myself also helpful. [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Apr 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good.

What are some good tv shows or movies about righteous badasses? [more inside]
posted by twinight on Apr 14, 2012 - 49 answers

Famous/iconic characters from songs?

Help me compile a list of names of iconic fictional characters from popular songs. For example Jimmy Mack, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Maggie May, Absolutely Sweet Marie, Johnny B Goode. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Mar 28, 2012 - 142 answers

Robespierre, Robespierre, Robespierre, who are you?

What does this shirt mean, if anything? It says "Robespierre" three times, and each of the "O"s are the faces of three different (cartoon?) characters. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Please help me translate these Chinese characters.

Can anyone translate these Chinese characters located on a VZ 24 Mauser for me? [more inside]
posted by Monkeyswithguns on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Trying to remember where I read this...

I'm trying to remember where I would have read this. I remember a discussion of the omnipotence/omniscience of a writer in relation to his story world and its characters -- I think the book must have been about writing fiction. There was a particular example having to do with Time, and how a writer who is interrupted by a knock at the door leaves his character, who was about to sit down (or set the table or something), mid-sentence and in a state of limbo. Come to think of it, maybe this was about philosophy or theology... I may have gotten some/all of the details wrong. Any of that sound familiar?
posted by Cortes on Sep 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Oh Randall, you do confound me so.

Is Randall Munroe right about passwords in today's xkcd? Are very long (all lower case) plain text passwords more secure than short ones using a mix of numerals and upper/lower case text? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Aug 10, 2011 - 95 answers

Books with characters who you feel like you get to know as real people

Literature distinguished by its richly drawn characters [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 25, 2011 - 43 answers

How do epic fantasy writers keep track of their characters?

How do writers keep track of huge casts of characters in sprawling epic novels like Game of Thrones? Is there software for that, or do they use notecards or what? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jun 20, 2011 - 23 answers

Xiān Gennaro

How would you write either "Little Italy" (as in the NYC neighborhood) or "Welcome to Little Italy," or "I ♥ Little Italy" with Chinese characters? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Jun 6, 2011 - 4 answers

I feel you, bro. I feel you.

Recommendations of anime with identifiable/relatable characters? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on May 21, 2011 - 8 answers

gra[rrrrrr]

How to make a data subset based on a variable with multiple character values in [R]? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

At what point do I just give up and get a new laptop?

When I type on my wife's Toshiba Satellite L25-S121, it drops characters. It doesn't drop the same characters, and sometimes there is just a delay before they show up on the screen. I've restored from the factory CDs and updated the Bios, but the problem persists. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Apr 4, 2011 - 15 answers

"Eat a bag of dicks" on my principal's back? Please?

Do you know Japanese? Do you not know Japanese? What does my shirt say? (p.s. It's likely not Japanese.) [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Kaishu font, but written with a ballpoint pen, not a brush

Does anyone know of a free Traditional Chinese kaishu-style font that looks like it was written with a ballpoint pen or pencil (not a calligraphic pen or brush)? I'm currently using HanWangFangSongMedium from this page, which I quite like, but it's in fangsong style. It's for my computer flashcards when trying to remember how to write characters (e.g English word -> Chinese character). [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho on Mar 23, 2011 - 3 answers

[hɛlp mi si junikod ɪn maɪ deɪtəbeɪs, ɔr maɪ dætəbeɪs ivɛn]

I'm using Navicat Lite to connect to my Oracle research database (Mac OSX). Much of my data is in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). These are unicode symbols. Is there a way to display the IPA/Unicode in Navicat? Or some other GUI? Or is there some addon/code/plugin/whatever that will show me the symbols? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Why does my text editor keep inserting ^M

Why does my Smultron text editor for Mac insert unwanted ^M characters into my files, and what settings can I check to make sure it doesn't? [more inside]
posted by Victorvacendak on Feb 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Not being chased, just making a break for it.

I'm looking for examples of well-drawn TV characters (from multi-season shows, preferably) for whom a major--but not solely defining--aspect of their personalities is a struggle with the desire to run away from difficult situations. Two I have in mind already: Nate Fisher (Six Feet Under) and Nancy Botwin (Weeds).
posted by kittyprecious on Feb 9, 2011 - 34 answers

Full, well-rounded characters in American fiction

What contemporary American authors of literary fiction are considered masters of creating compelling, multi-dimensional characters? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Nov 3, 2010 - 17 answers

because keeping track of real people is hard enough

I'm looking for good software, preferably web-based and cloud-hosted, for worldbuilding. Preferably stuff with templates for characters, places, maps, etc. I can use stuff that's made for fantasy/sci-fi writers or stuff that's targeted at DMs/GMs. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Sep 12, 2010 - 9 answers

I call him HURF DURF shark.

I baked a cake yesterday. I put a shark on top. The shark looks familiar, like he's a character from something, but since any resemblance was accidental I can't place him. Please look at it and tell me what he's from. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 14, 2010 - 23 answers

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Are there any websites, web applications, widgets, or really anything at all that change on a regular basis (like some of the Gmail themes)? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Translation help?

What is my new used bike from the '70s is trying to tell me (translation help please)? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Jul 24, 2010 - 3 answers

What does this writing say?

What does this apparently Asian writing say? I found it chalked on a wall last night in DC.
posted by yarly on May 15, 2010 - 3 answers

I Hate You ! No wait, I don't. Let's be friends.

What film, TV or literary female characters begin as adversaries and end up friendly? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Mar 20, 2010 - 27 answers

It Takes Two

What books feature good character pairs? [more inside]
posted by fantine on Feb 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Speak the speech trippingly. Or pitched low. Or with a mumble.

Is there a resource that lists and explains the various effects one can use to accessorized speech, such as altering pitch, speeding up, slowing down, etc.? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 23, 2009 - 5 answers

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