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Trevor and Jason's 'Thing Wot's Sort Of Like An Advent Calendar', #2 - Diary of a Necromancer
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Trevor and Jason's 'Thing Wot's Sort Of Like An Advent Calendar', #2
...Like I said, not necessarily daily.

2.) What are your characters' most prominent physical features?

When Trevor smiles, it's fairly obvious that he's... British. Maybe not the worst casualty-of-the-NHS train-wreck out there, but American observers have been known to start wondering if he's still young enough for orthodonture to be helpful. There's also the hair, which likes to stick up in random directions even when he has had a haircut.

As to Jason, one could cite the dreads, one could cite the big blue eyes, but what he probably thinks you're looking at is the taxi-whistling gap between his front teeth. Or his big not-quite-liver-color nose, when he's a wolf.




Muse is... listening to negotiations, at least she's taken the earbuds out this time, so maybe I'll even have Regularly Scheduled Programming to interrupt with this rubbish some time soon...

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autopope From: autopope Date: November 19th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
When Trevor smiles, it's fairly obvious that he's... British. Maybe not the worst casualty-of-the-NHS train-wreck out there, but American observers have been known to start wondering if he's still young enough for orthodonture to be helpful.

Sorry, but that rings false to me.

See, it's not the quality of the dentistry. (British dentistry isn't that bad. There's less emphasis on tooth-whitening treatments and more on fillings, but it exists and it's there.) The real smile-differentiating factor is that Americans expose their teeth when they smile. It looks aggressive and insincere in British eyes: we keep our teeth decently covered with our lips when we smile.

Edited at 2011-11-19 02:50 pm (UTC)
brewsternorth From: brewsternorth Date: November 19th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Agreed - he might show his teeth somewhat if he's laughing out loud, but generally the teeth-showing grin is more of an Americanism.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: November 21st, 2011 09:52 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
See my reply to autopope -- Trevor's been 'in exile' for a good long while, now...
robling_t From: robling_t Date: November 21st, 2011 09:51 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Oh, Trevor's been in the US long enough to have been goaded into picking up a fairly wide smile as a camouflage reflex (being thought standoffish by people who are expecting a broad display of teeth is not something he can afford); the issue then becomes that when he does, Americans who've had braces start thinking, Oh, that's right, I think I heard that in your country they don't bother to straighten your teeth unless they're growing out the top of your skull like a warthog's. (Which is about equal parts cultural background noise about not falling behind by admitting to physical imperfection, and the "affordable healthcare is a TOOL OF SATAN!" arguments we tend to have...) His teeth aren't even actually that bad, they're just past the cosmetic threshold where American parents would have started getting the you really should do something about that or he'll regret it when he's older pressure.

(Although in Trevor's case, actually, it's more a matter that he predates decent dentistry anywhere by a couple of world wars anyway...)
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