Friday, August 07, 2015

"If they harm one hair on his head...!"

 This is a Beautiful People post. I don't do these often, but this is a friendship I couldn't resist. I am going to be doing Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan from Brothers-in-Arms.

 1. How long have they known each other and how close are they?

 Franz and Japhet met when they were seven and eight in 1931. Most of the story takes place in 19-43-44. So they have known each other about ten years.
 They are as close as brothers. In fact they often describe their friendship in that way. They became to each other the brother they never had.

 2. What's their earliest memory of being best friends?

Because boys know something mothers might not ever understand. Nothing creates a friendship faster than finding a fellow sufferer in a household of all girls and no boys.
 ~Quote from the book

 Their moms arranging their friendship and them sitting out on the Buchanan woodpile laughing at the things they do to make their sister's lives miserable. After that it all involves snowball fights, pranks, and ice cream.

 3. Do they fight? How long do they typically fight for?

 Oh...well....*Evil grin*. They don't generally fight. They have disagreements growing up but usually get along great. know, things happen. And years pass. All of that. "Spoilers"

 4. Are their personalities similar or do they compliment each other?

 I don't think they are similar. Franz is quieter when they are around other boys. As they get older Japhet withdraws more and more, out of fear someone will find out he's a Jew and kill him or Franz. I don't think that makes them similar though, they just have some traits the same. Not talking when they should, tempers...they do compliment each other though. They balance each other out.

 5. Who is the leader of their friendship (if anyone)?

 Probably Franz.

 6. Do they have any secrets from each other?

 Oh, you know. Nothing huge. Just things involving the Nazis and the Resistance.

 7. How well do they know each other's quirks and habits?

 Better than anyone who ever meets them. Japhet understands why Franz is quiet around their school mates, Franz knows when something is bothering Japhet. (He tends to draw more when he's worried or scared.)

 8. What kinds of things do they like to do together?

 Eat ice cream, go on bike rides, but mostly annoy their sisters. Favorite pastime.

 9. Describe each character's fashion style (use pictures if you like!) How are their styles different/ similar?

Japhet's style

Franz's is more like this (Though Colin Morgan could play Japhet if there were ever a movie or something)

Or this is kind of like Franz's style too

 They are two boys in their late teens living in an apartment together. I think you can imagine how they dress. Something is on the floor, put it on in the morning and eat breakfast. Though Japhet is sloppier about how he dresses than Franz. Franz wears jackets and is more willing to tuck his shirt in. Japhet usually forgets the jacket and never tucks in his shirt unless Franz makes him.
 They dress in very 40 styles, know...Nazis and uniforms are involved.

 10 How would their lives be different without each other?

 I honestly can't decide how to answer this....
 I guess the serious answer would be that Franz would be a lot more bitter and cold. He'd have had nothing to hold him back from hating the world around him and doing something insanely stupid about it. While Japhet without Franz would have given up on life, never left his room as a boy, and might have let himself starve to death or just become really depressed.
 The less serious, but still true, answer. They both would have died early on in the book.

 So there you go. And now I have to do things for a possible Brothers-in-Arms trailer filming tomorrow.

 Quote is from Tintin and Alpha-Art, the final book in the Tintin series. It is a line of Haddock's when he's worried about Tintin


  1. Oh they are delightful friends, who I would pin as closer than brothers. I feel for them seems like they have a lot of pain in their life.
    Love that one of them looks like Colin Morgan.

  2. Ooh, a Brothers-in-Arms trailer sounds wonderful! And I can't wait to read the book.

  3. FRANZ AND JAPHET!!!! <3 I love this book, Jack ... but I guess you already knew that. =) And I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS SO MUCH. Oooh a Brothers-in-Arms book trailer?!!! YES!!

  4. *wipes away a tear*
    This is just so sweet and precious :,(

  5. Just a question I've always wondered, how do people find pictures for their characters??

    1. I kind of cheat with it. I stalked Pintrest, but most of the time beta readers send me pictures of who they think looks like my characters

  6. Okay, I haven't even read this story and I'm already completely in love with these two. Brotherly friendships in fiction is the absolute BEST. And this... Oh man, you're going to make us cry, aren't you, Jack? This is so beautiful. *sniffles*


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