I'd like to discuss the traits for some characters I'm gonna use for my novel. Amy Full Name: Mireille Hawk (Amy) Age: 17 Main traits: quiet, kind, reserved. Commentary: I've always imagined Amy as a quiet, kind and reserved girl, somewhat naive (meaning the kind of naivety that is of a child), but hiding unexpected inner strenght, braveness, courage and the ability to take quick and critical decisions when necessary. She strongly believes in her ideals, but she's ready to compromise if needed to. Amy is also the bookworm-type, a very clever girl whose outstanding performance at school and her habit of reading books and cut herself off the rest of the world makes for her very difficult to make friends. Dennis Full Name: Dennis Deckard Age: 17 Main traits: brave, strong, resolved. Commentary: for ace-pilot Dennis, I've always thought of a character which is strong and brave, and quick to take his decisions even in critical moments - possessing the qualities of a true leader. But I've always thought of him as a kind and caring person, too, ready to lend a hand when a friend's in need. Someone who possesses charm and is trusted by everyone. Rebecca Full Name: Rebecca Deckard Age: 17 Main traits: a tomboy; cheerful, positive. Commentary: for Dennis' twin-sister Rebecca, I had no doubt I would make her a tomboy and someone who would usually screw up a lot, but with a cheerful and optimist character, who would never lose heart and make up for her own mistakes with a smile. The kind of girl who would have no probs making friends thanks to her frankness and directeness. Alex (character in-progress) Full name: Alex Owen Age: 24 (?) Main traits: cold-hearted, strong, resolved. Commentary: this is actually a character from another novel I tried to write sometime ago - a spy-story. Now I'm thinking of using her in this novel, too. Being an assassin, especially created through genetic engineering and raised by the military only to carry out her duty, she's received mental training to suppress her own emotions - not to feel anything. Thus she's very distant and cold-hearted. She's clever. She's strong, both mentally and physically. She's resolved, in that she would never hesitate to take a decision. She's almost like a cyborg: more like a machine than a human being. I think of her as a highly-dynamic character. Elise Full Name: Elise Robinson ( -?- not sure about the surname) Age: 25 Main traits: bright, curious, reckless. Commentary: for this open-minded, daring reporter, I've always thought of a highly-dynamic, bright, reckless girl in her mid-twenties. Someone who is not afraid either of death or bias, and would not hesitate to stick her nose into any kind of situation if there is the possibility to dig up the dirt and make some sensational scoop. She believes strongly in her ideals, and would never compromise. This pretty much sums up the main cast. I'd like to know your opinions on these characters: would they work? Or are they too much clichè?