Cheeseburger Gothic

He's baaaack

Posted July 20, 2016 into Writing by John Birmingham

15 Responses to ‘He's baaaack’

ntwinter reckons...

Posted July 20, 2016
Ah Slim - welcome back in all your uncouth glory :)
Looking forward to this SO much.

Respond to this comment

Bondiboy66 would have you know...

Posted July 20, 2016
He is so unlikable...yet I like his appearances in the story!

Respond to this comment

HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted July 20, 2016
yeah, not to shabby, bout bloody time I might add.

Its funny, but Slim Jim is the only Character that I do not like and really cannot emotionally attach to in ANY FKN WAY. Really fkn crawls up my nose. I would have had the mthr fkr capped a long fkn time ago.

Respond to this comment

jason puts forth...

Posted July 20, 2016
Slim Jim makes me feel ashamed and jealous at the same time. I assume this is a character flaw on my part.

Respond to this comment

Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted July 20, 2016
Jimbo provides a focus for character hate. He's such an arsehole you expect a rival or victim to slot him at any stage.

HAVOCK21 reckons...

Posted July 20, 2016
lol..true, its FKN VISCERAL!

Respond to this thread

Dave W would have you know...

Posted July 20, 2016
Love to see the darkness and cynicism of a character who expects the worst of anyone else, therefore is willing to do the worst first.

Respond to this comment

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted July 20, 2016
Rat cunning has its roguish appeal.

How else would one explain Greybeard.

Respond to this comment

Don Bagert reckons...

Posted July 21, 2016
And that "fancy French restaurant" is in France - Paris to be exact, right? :)

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted July 21, 2016
It's like you're looking over my shoulder as I write.

Respond to this thread

Springfield Fats puts forth...

Posted July 21, 2016
I can't remember now whether Slim Jim was in with the quiet room gang or not now, but he's always struck me as the kind of person/character that, while he would cut his own throat to get a good deal going, he's going to be reliable when it comes to the 'good guys' winning and help where he can.

Just out of curiosity JB, how much harder do you find it to write characters who are meant to be unlikeable, but are good guys/heroes in the story? I'm thinking of Dave mostly as I read Protocol, but having just finished the latest season of Rake it's front of mind from that as well.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 21, 2016
It's not harder writing them, Fats. The danger is enjoying it too much.

Timbo would have you know...

Posted July 21, 2016
As far as I recall, Davidson was an unwitting pawn of the QR. Maybe he and the Kohlhammer will have sex, since the Hammer made him famous.

Don Bagert reckons...

Posted July 23, 2016
JB, your comment reminds me of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, which was originally printed in the UK in the weekly periodical The Guardian. Lewis abruptly ended the very popular series abruptly in one final letter, later stating that it had become too hard to write the horrific demon Screwtape week after week (there were 31 letters in all).

Respond to this thread

Sudragon has opinions thus...

Posted July 22, 2016
The trick, I've been told, is not to giggle maniacally as you write them, hunched over the keyboard at 3 in the morning.

Respond to this comment

Respond to 'He's baaaack'

Follow along with RSS