It’s almost Christmas now, which means it’s time for the annual Christmas question. The authors love presents, but what about the characters? They should be able to receive presents, right? But what if they’re in fantasy or science fiction, where they may not have Christmas? Let’s find out!
Nancy – from “Nowhere to Hide” – would probably like a few new weapons, maybe some new clothes, a hot shower…oh, and definitely as large a supply of non-perishable food items as Santa can fit in his sack.
Osrith Turlun, former Captal of House Vae, soldier, duelist, sometime criminal, mercenary and generally grumpy man-at-arms, would like a new knitting needle. He just broke one off in someone’s skull where last I left him in the writing of End of Dreams. Knitting is his happy place. Or, at least, his more-centered grumpy place.
A new SIG Model P220 with custom grips and an extended magazine.
I don’t think they celebrate Christmas in their society. Some of the secondary characters, maybe… I’m not sure. Peace on Earth seems a strange thing to ask for since they are at war with Earth at the moment…
Let’s talk Dex from Jasper. He’d probably bypass his own gift and wish for something to give to his daughter Natalie. She’s terminally ill and still a child, and he’d like to get her some makeup or a big book to read. The idea here is to make her feel like an adult for a little while.
Vayen of The Narvan series would like a whole day where no one is trying to kill him. If Santa could arrange that, he would be most appreciative, because he’s sure not getting that from me.
Basing it on the short stories I’ve written, I’d have to go with little Timothy from Barnaby’s Toothbrush. He’s a curious, creative five year old. He would love something that would allow him to fully employ his imagination. Books. Art sets. Play-Doh. His mom would like a leash so he won’t wander off.
I tried to think of what would be both something the character wants for reasons beyond just “they would like to have it” and something that would actually be given as a gift, and can’t think of a perfect answer.
However, I think Alice would have somewhat personal reasons for wanting a Weissritter model to go with the Alteisen she got for her birthday.
The main character of my High-Fantasy would love a new knife. Or five. The main character of my Contemporary would kill for leather-bound editions of Lord of the Rings. I personally would love with either of those gifts.
A great big rave up! Huge warehouse party, glow sticks, tinsel, house music and tekno. Fairy wings. The lot.
Shaidaxi Enkhaelen would like some specimens of our local variety of ‘human’, in either living or cadaver form — whatever would cause less complaint — because he finds it both curious and bizarre that we’re all descended from one specific form of mammal life, instead of having multiple lines of descent from multiple creatures that crossbreed with spirit assistance. He thinks we sound terribly boring but that we might be more interesting on the inside. Any volunteers?
The colony of Ariadne doesn’t have the same calendar as Earth does, so figuring out when Christmas happens would be difficult. However, there are still people who celebrate Christmas, or something similar. Solona Knight, the main character of my first Ariadne novel, is a teenager, but she has a strong interest in magic. She may appreciate a copy of the classic fantasy series Harry Potter. It’s a couple centuries old, but she may enjoy old Earth fantasy literature.
How about you?
For those of you who are authors, what would your main character like for Christmas? If you don’t write, what would your favourite character want for Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.