There was no Beautiful People for April, so I borrowed one of the earlier ones . . . and promptly forgot to post it. So we’ll just pretend it’s still April. Humor me.
Beautiful People is a monthly writing meme hosted and originated by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In
Since I haven’t seen an official BP this month, I decided to nab one of the older ones that ran before I even participated. (Sara Letourneau did this first, and I happily borrowed her idea ;P).
Anyhow, I’m continuing my current trend and featuring my WIP, Red as Blood. I introduced the MC, Sull, in this post, and some of his “supporting cast” here. Red as Blood is a genderbent Snow White story inspired by vintage scifi, Greek Mythology, the high fashion scene, the food service industry, and my love of Korean and Japanese pop culture. *Yes – you read that right – and no, I’m not completely mad, just a little bit strange*
Again, make sure to look back at the previous BP if you want to know more about Sull before we start.
Beautiful People April Freebie: Meet Sull, Part II
1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it?
His *actual* name is Yu Baek Seol (유 백설 – with his surname listed first)
Baek Seol is *basically* the Korean equivalent of Snow White the fairy tale character/heroine of that story. It’s how you see it written out in Korean retellings of Snow White. “Sull” is how that last part is heard by The Sisters.
Story behind the name – Basically, Sull’s mother was obsessed with the story of Snow White, and she wanted a beautiful daughter who was “red as blood, black as ebony, and white as snow.” Sull is all of those things – but he’s a boy. His mother died soon after birthing him, and it never occurred to anyone to give him a different name. So there you go.
2) How old are they, and when were they born?
When the story begins, it’s just after Sull’s sixteenth birthday. Some of the story takes place in flashbacks of the previous year. As for when he was born, I don’t have a timeline figured out (exactly) for the world of Red as Blood, but it’s set centuries after an apocalyptic event took out (most) life on earth (for more on this, see The Last Coffee Shop). But I do know that he was born about 7 years after the TLCS ends.
3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!)
Since Red as Blood is set centuries after an apocalyptic event, all human survivors have dispersed through the galaxy, and become more or less one race/people, especially as defined by the aliens who far outnumber them. So I use “Earth terms” loosely here 😛
That being said, I had a very clear picture of Sull in my head all along (and his parents). His father is of Japanese, Korean, and European descent, and his mother is of Korean and European descent.
As for his appearance, he’s very slight, but with extremely pretty (read: girlish) features – long lashes, silky hair, perfect skin, full lips, etc.
From the beginning, Sull has always looked like a younger combination of Luhan (Chinese singer) and G-Dragon (Korean rapper/singer/songwriter Kwon Ji-yong) to me. So . . . in other words, Sull also resembles L from Death Note. Confused? Well, you know I have pictures (especially if you follow me on Pinterest) – here are three representative ones.
4) Describe your character’s personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences.
1. unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts.
synonyms: off course, off track, disoriented, having lost one’s bearings, going around in circles, adrift, at sea, astray
2. denoting something that has been taken away or cannot be recovered.
synonyms: bygone, past, former, one-time, previous, old, olden, departed, vanished, forgotten, consigned to oblivion, extinct, dead, gone
“Lost” might be an obvious choice. Sull isn’t physically lost at the start of the novel, though he is definitely trying to lose himself. Both definitions above are perfect.
5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?
Sull actually has quite a playlist going. But 삐딱하게(CROOKED) by G-Dragon (again) is Sull’s theme song (and one of the major inspirations for his character as we first encounter him). The sound and feel of the song, the lyrics, and to be honest, the video (link below), all screamed Sull at me. It actually took me awhile to get around to watching the video, and it just solidified what I already suspected – this song is the perfect one song summary, so at least read the lyrics 🙂
(*disclaimer* None of these images, lyrics, etc, belong to me. They are being used as emphasis only, and I am making zero money from this post)
Lyrics and translation here (popgasa.com) (Chorus/Refrain) Nothing ever lasts forever In the end, you changed There is no reason, no sincerity Take away such a thing as love Tonight, I’ll be crooked Leave me alone I was alone anyway I have no one, everything is meaningless Take away the sugar-coated comfort Tonight, I’ll be crooked I scream and get dizzy I vent out of boredom to other couples I start fights for no reason like a town gangster Sometimes, I purposely shake my leg, crookedly The main characters of the movie called this world is you and me A lonely island, lost and wandering The empty streets are filled with those who are alone Unlike my heart, the weather is so damn nice I used to believe in you alone and I was happy But like a joke, I am left alone You used to promise me with your pinky finger But in the end (Chorus) (Bridge) I’ll put on thick eyeliner, use a whole can of hairspray Leather pants, leather jacket with a frown I want to hide my pain and become even more crooked So you can feel sorry, I’ll spit toward the sky You’re scared of my crude words and my rough eyes But actually, I’m afraid, I want to go back but I have nowhere to go I want to love but no one to love, what am I supposed to do? I can’t turn it back I used to believe in you alone and I was happy But like a joke, I am left alone You used to promise me with your pinky finger But in the end (Chorus) Will you not say anything for me tonight? I didn’t know being alone would be this hard (I miss you) Will you be my friend tonight? On this good day, this beautiful day, this day where I miss you Tonight, I’ll be crooked
That last bit is pretty darn heartbreaking.
Sull is so full of pent-up anger, but inside, he’s extremely lonely and confused. I’m walking a fine line between a frustrating/annoying character and a really sad one here, and I think that “Crooked” sums him up so well.
As for Sull’s arc, I’ll throw in a few more pivotal songs with lyric snippets to give you the idea (and more links, if you dare . . .):
Lyrics found here: metrolyrics.com I am right here with you I couldn't more close Pretending that I'm in this moment When I'm only a ghost I listen to the words you're saying Words I'm fighting to believe It's like I'm living from a distance When you're out of reach Read more: Red - So Far Away Lyrics | MetroLyrics
If you listen to the song, listen closely to the cry in singer Michael Barnes’ voice. That’s Sull – right there.
Translation and Full Lyrics found here: colorcodedlyrics.com -- When I didn’t wanna see anything The reason I forced my eyes to open wide Is because I was just scared It’s because I was suddenly scared When I didn’t wanna say anything The reason I raised my voice There is no other reason It’s because I’m afraid, I’m afraid --
It’s worth clicking through and reading all the lyrics to this song, because it was the other closest contender for the ultimate Sull song.
Full lyrics found here: metrolyrics.com . . . You try so hard to hide your scars Always on your guard Chorus Don't, don't let me go Don't make me hold on when you're not Don't, don't turn away What can I say so you won't No don't, don't let me go...
This is one that you should definitely listen to for the idea. Again, it’s the way Kyle sings it that is the clincher. It’s such a soft, sad, yet convicted sounding melody, you know?
Full lyrics found here: metrolyrics.com . . .Don't be afraid I've taken my beating I've shared what I made I'm strong on the surface Not all the way through I've never been perfect But neither have you So if you're asking me I want you to know When my time comes Forget the wrong that I've done Help me leave behind some Reasons to be missed Don't resent me And when you're feeling empty Keep me in your memory Leave out all the rest, leave out all the rest
If you were listening to the radio seven years ago, there’s a good chance you heard this plaintive yet powerful song. Actually, if you were listening to the radio seven years ago, and had more rock leanings, you might have heard half the songs on this playlist . . .
6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character?
Wrath. Despite his calm, sullen, don’t-talk-to-me demeanor, Sull is filled with rage and hatred against the people and things that happened to him.
7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be?
Air. Changeable, unable to be chased or pinned down, unreliable, shapeless and formless yet taking up space. Getting the picture?
8) What is their favourite word?
Err, Free food? Sull doesn’t like many things, but he does like food. And yeah, I know that’s two words^^
9) Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.)
Sull’s father. Despite the fact that he also despises the man, he misses the relationship they never had, and what might have been. Also, despite what Sull has been through, he loves his father very, very deep down.
10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
Sights: Clothes, fabrics, rich colors
Sounds: Cameras, shouts, loud music
Smells: Perfumes, essences, and rich, spicy smells.