I'm one of those people who rarely mentions the ethnicity of characters, and even when I do, they tend a bit towards Ambiguously Brown
. In my head, they can be all number of things, but I often leave my readers to fill in the blanks. This is, unless their ethnicity is relevant to their plot somehow, but I think that's something I've only done twice. I have one character, Apollo, who is explicitly Asian because his family has a host of interesting problems
related to Youkai
myths. The second, Cosmo, is black, and while it's not his defining trait (which is that he falls firmly on the super-good side of the Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
), it did help faciliate a bit of Mixed Marriage
-related drama in his backstory.
I think the only character with an explicitly defined ethnicity which is not plot-relevant is Cantella,
who is outright stated to be Brazilian.*
Oddly enough, these characters are also all from the same series.
I think it's 'cuz I try to adhere to the whole "write characters not stereotypes" thing. A large majority of my characters could probably be safely Race Lifted
in any visual representation, though I have a noted obsession with red hair
that might make that a bit difficult.
edited 7th Jan '12 10:26:01 AM by FreezairForALimitedTime