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Character Analysis Series Part 9: Anthony/Tony

Hey! Bea here, to talk about a personal favorite of mine, Anthony.

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Name: Anthony Matthew spoiler-ridden-last-name
Birth date: April 9, 1847
Age(s) in The Game: 16, 17, and 18
If he were a Starbucks drink he would be an: Iced Shaken Espresso

Creation

My-oh-my, this guy’s creation was…interesting. He, of course, was another blank space to be filled with a male character! We started with a friend of mine as a springboard, but that didn’t do a lot for Anthony for a variety of reasons. In the end, Tony was a phenomenon of his own, not all that comparable to said friend. 

Fun fact, when we were trying to figure out these two characters (because we wanted brothers from the beginning) we almost called them Timothy and Robert! 

Anthony didn’t have a lot of pre-planning involved, and really developed as we wrote for him. 

Personality

SOMEHOW, along the way, Anthony has become one of the best male leads I’ve ever met??? Of course, that’s partly teenaged girl talking…but still. The overwhelming response has been something like “he’s so NICE”. In one case, he was even TOO nice. I tend to disagree. But yes, Anthony is NICE. 

Now, can you imagine a big dog reading a book? That’s Anthony’s relationship with books. We’ve got a genuine bookworm in Timothy, while Tony’s ready to go to all the book clubs, and chat about the book he’s reading, and recommend it to friends, and laugh LOUDLY while reading.

Haha, something my mom brought up was the fact that I totally do treat Tony as a real person when I’m talking about him, like, she asked if he had some specific interest in names, and I had to say that I totally don’t know, it’s just something he does??😂 

He’s certainly a strange one, but not at all in a bad way. 

Struggles/Faults

He is incredibly oblivious from time to time. He’ll laugh at something that is NOT funny, or just…zone out…

It’s incredibly rare that he gets angry, but if you set him off (a difficult feat, you’d have to be his brother or an affront to American freedom or something) you’re probably in for it.

That’s kind of it. I asked my sister (who has read the book) what was wrong with Tony for this section, and she just said, and I quote, “No no no!” 

He’s a goodie.🤷‍♀️

Mindset

He’s not an instinctively “deep” person, so it’s rather difficult to figure out his views right off. But I’d say that he doesn’t really get a lot of what we’ve been calling “social norms”, and doesn’t react to them in a normal way for the era.

Tony appears to be very relaxed and open, and for the most part he is, but that underlying confusion about regular life is a gray area. He once described himself as a “social vagabond”.

He’s loyal to his country, but at the same time he hates all the fighting, and he doesn’t talk about the war a lot. But when it comes up it seems as though he’s been thinking about it a lot.

In keeping with the pattern we have going on, I’ll try and discuss his plans for the future now. I don’t really know what he wants to DO, he hasn’t really told us. He seems kind of flighty almost, he doesn’t have many solid plans. He hasn’t thought about getting married or anything much, and he’d probably be rather nervous about it if he ever got into a relationship like that, because at the moment Tony’s just a real friendly guy.


That’s all she wrote! Except for this. And this. And some more after this, but that’s all she wrote for THAT. 

Anyway, thanks for reading! If you guys ever have any questions about the characters or about the book in general, be sure to leave a comment!

Next week we’ll be doing Lydia Sparrow.

~Love,
Bea

By Bea

We’re all stories in the end, just make it a good one.

~The Eleventh Doctor

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