Groovy #atozchallenge

Fictional character traits

Groovy — the fun character.

Can we say groovy without thinking of Mike Myers?  Hardly.

If the 60s is your thing, and I do like Myers’ grooviness, then Austin Powers is groovy baby. Fun, unapologetic, entertaining.

I also think of groovy as in hip, cool. Uma Thurman comes to mind in just about any role, Brad Pill in Inglorious Basterds. The latter took a second watch in order for Pitt to grow into the role, given the insane amount of excellent acting all around him, but cool he is, the Basterd.

The cool character list is probably miles long in the world of fiction. In Hollywood, we can imagine it’s an endless list of big names with only so many cool characters to go around.

Given the likeability trait, it’s one of the easiest characters to write vis-a-vis the tormented genius, for example, and therein lies the problem. Many times the cool and groovy types come across as perfection personified (Clint Eastwood in early roles) rather than characters jumping off the page as if the account is not of ink-and-paper figures but flesh-and-blood people with clear, real-life stories. 

Pitt, for all his Hollywood coolness, has a clear role in Basterds, and an important one at that.


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23 responses to “Groovy #atozchallenge

  1. Brad is usually the cool one. One of my old Toastmaster friends gave a speech called Brushes with Brad. She went to the same college and they were smoking buddies before he was famous!

  2. Groovy, baby! I still have to watch “Inglorious Basterds” – it’s on my Netflix watchlist.

  3. I have a visceral response to the word ‘groovy’ maybe because I can’t tolerate Mike Myers. Having this response reminds me how important it is when writing to not take too strong a stand. I’m not explaining that very well so I’ll give the example from a nonfiction book called Switch, which is about change. It’s by two of my favourite nonfiction authors, brothers Chip and Dan Heath. I usually love everything they write, but this book disappointed me because they chose a metaphor that didn’t work for me at all, and they developed it throughout the book. It was just irritating, as irritating as a too groovy character would be to me.
    Thanks as always for the thought-provoking post, Silvia.
    G is for (The) Gifts of Imperfection

  4. I’m familiar with “Groovy Baby” and of course your list of actors but because of my lack of hearing I don’t go to movies so I’m unfamiliar with the characters that some of these actors have portrayed. I did love the curmudgeon that Clint Eastwood played in the movie he also directed and sadly I don’t remember the name of the movie. However the versatility of personalities these actors take on definitely are GROOVY!!

  5. I saw InGlorious Basterds last year … shew, it was a hectic film though excellent and I agree Brad was totally cool and in the groove in his role!

  6. Hi Silvia – sounds like I need to see InGlorious Basterds … but groovy is a great word for being ‘with it’ … with a bit of glamour on top of it – cheers Hilary

  7. I can’t help but think of Ash from the Evil Dead series who used “Groovy” as a catchphrase. Ash kind of matches Austin Powers in that he can be a lot of fun to hang with but he’s not really good at a lot of things.

  8. Good post, Silvia, but groovy brings different people to mind for me. Flowered dresses, lots of beads, and headbands. Nothing wrong with their characters, just different. :-)

  9. I love your advice to pour it all out and then dial it down. Often in the process of creating a memorable character, people go overboard and create a caricature rather than a character.

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