I just had a sudden revelation: Any character that I find myself identifying with is a thousand times more likely to experience violence or abuse in one way or another in the course of the story than one I don't. I realized this when I was listening to a song yesterday that seemed to be in line with my female main character for a WIP when it brought up the idea of strangulation. When I thought about this character being choked, I immediately discarded the thought and went "no, no, this girl should be strangled, if anyone." But for the first time, I actually pondered why it wasn't okay, to my mind, for Character A to be strangled but it was almost automatic that Character B ought to be? And it was because Character A was in no way like me, and that Character B shared small, certain traits of mine. And then I did a rather quick rundown through all my stories over the years, and realized whatever characters I myself associate with in some way or other have been stabbed, strangled, beaten, viciously attacked, and even on occasion murdered. They could be main characters, they could be minor characters. But nasty things were more likely to happen to them than the others, and more often than not did happen to them. I think the reason why is the same reason I use self-deprecating humour: it feels safer to attack myself than to hurt anyone else. Also, most my characters undergo trials & hardships regardless of relation to me; but it seems it generally isn't as prone to violence. So I'm rather curious: for characters with which you identify or have put something in of yourself, do you change the handling of that character in your stories? Do they get preferential treatment? Or do bad things happen to them more often? Is there literally no difference between them and the characters wholely unlike you in your works? I'm rather curious if anyone else notices a trend towards one way or another.