Do you know what’s better than the Friday before a three day weekend? Yeah, me either.
This week’s Friday Fun item was inspired by one of Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer’s recent posts. In fact, some of these descriptions are lifted from that entry so wait until you’ve played the game before you go catch up on her blog. She wrote about the challenge screenwriters face in describing their characters. Now she’s specifically addressing the importance of these descriptions to the readers of a script and obviously it’s going to be a different story for the viewers, but it made me wonder if viewers would be able to match the initial description of some of their favorite characters to what we now see on our TV screens each week.
So how about a little matching game? Below I’ve got several characters and the actual character descriptions as seen in the script for the very first episode in which they appeared. Can you put the character together with his/her description?
List of Available Characters:
(BtVS) Xander Harris, Angel, Faith
(Desperate Housewives) Bree Van De Kamp, Gabrielle Solis
(Gossip Girl) Serena Van Der Woodsen, Chuck Bass, Dan Humphrey
(Heroes) Peter Petrelli, D.L. Hawkins, Nathan Petrelli, Hiro Nakamura
(HIMYM) Barney Stinson
(Prison Break) Lincoln Burrows
(Pushing Daisies) Ned
(House) Greg House
(Scrubs) J.D. Dorian, Dr. Elliot Reid
(Seinfeld) George Costanza
(The Sopranos) Carmela Soprano
(Ugly Betty) Betty Suarez, Daniel Meade
(Veronica Mars) Veronica Mars, Celeste Kane, Sheriff Don Lamb
- 17, will be fine when he gets to college. That is little consolation today.
- 24, slight and nondescript in his short white sleeve shirt and black tie. A worker bee in a sea of worker bees. However, he has a hint of nonconformist in him. A little spike to his hairstyle. His tie is a little too thin. A small punk bracelet tucking out of his sleeve.
- 25, boyishly handsome, self-deprecatingly funny, likeable, and would probably be more self-confident if he realized any of that.
- 26, an attractive, extremely driven young woman, so much so that she seems to live at a slightly quicker pace than normal humans. She’s also the type of girl that could make the world stop if she let her hair down.
- 30, polished, masculine, incredibly handsome. Very JFK Jr.
- 31, a white man’s nightmare, a black man doing life in a prison with nothing to lose and mean as hell.
- 32, all tats and wiry muscles. He moves around the track slowly, methodically. A caged lion.
- 32, devilish, lives on steaks and cigars.
- 34, dressed in an Armani suit, golden boy, a star.
- 38, brilliant but scarred, wields the truth like a sword – and isn’t afraid to cut you. He speaks and thinks quickly – and doesn’t wait for others to catch up.
- 40, intimidating, gruff, oddly unsettling inappropriate smile.
- 42, glamorous, icy.
- A glamorous woman in her late 30′s.
- Bright, funny, and will one day be suave and handsome. Till that day arrives, he’ll do the best he can with bright and funny.
- Future Senator or cautionary tale.
- Late 30′s. BEAUTIFUL and immaculately PUT-TOGETHER, she enters with a confident air.
- Mid-30′s, a kind face, a little innocent.
- Mid-30′s, dark-eyed, dark-haired, pretty woman with blonde hi-lites. Hi-lites and nails are a priority.
- One of the most beautiful faces you’ve ever seen. But the first thing you notice is the soulfulness behind this girl’s gaze.
- Overweight. Bushy unibrow. Coke bottle glasses. Hairspray caked bangs. If beauty is defined by symmetry, she looks like a bomb went off at Disney Hall.
- She is not cute. She is sexy. Tough. Prematurely jaded. Angelina Jolie at 17.
- Simultaneously handsome and awkward, about 30 years of age.
- Slightly insecure, has an opinion on everything. He lives life at a higher intensity level than his best friend.
- Strikingly handsome, with intelligence and a kind of distance in his eyes. Moves with a fighter’s grace.
- Young, loose and fast, 18-ish, biker type meets trailer park.