After wrapping up Draft #3 of my WIP, I sent it to my trusted beta readers. Both of them have read my first novel, which sucked all kinds of suckiness, and were more than willing to read this new book. I warned them of the differences between my first sucky baby and this next one: third person became first, fantasy became paranormal romance, boy MC became a girl, serious overwriting became slightly humorous brevity.
My betas were more than thrilled with the change (can I blame them???). I expected this mini celebration.
What I didn't expect were my findings after taking the Red Eye flight to Betaland yesterday.
Beta #1: "Hey! I just finished reading the first three chapters!"
Me: "Woot, woot! Whaddaya think?"
Beta #1: "I LOVE this story! It's funny, emotional, and I can relate to the MC a lot. In fact, she reminds me of YOU!"
Me: "Woot, wo- Wait... What?"
Beta #1: "She thinks like you, talks like you, and even hates the same things as you! That is soooo awesome!"
Beta #1: "Gotta go now! I really wanna know what happens next!" *slams the door in my face*
Head hanging low, I headed over to beta #2's place...
Beta #2: "Wassup? I was just about to call ya"
Me: "Really? Why?"
Beta #2: "I just read the first ten chapters of your manuscript. In, like, less than two hours and stuff."
Me: *raises eyebrows* "Dude, you NEVER read that fast!"
Beta #2: "Sometimes I'm awesome like that"
Me: "So... Whaddaya think?"
Beta #2: "Love it. This chick's da bomb. And you know what?"
Me: *smiling from ear to ear* "What??"
Beta #2: "She totally reminds me of YOU"
There you go, folks--I've written a clone.
Well, both betas assure me that the MC's waaaay more impulsive (and funnier...) than me, but the similarities are still there.
What say you? Is your MC a clone, a cooler version of you, or someone completely different?