Bookworm Hienrichs (bookworm_h) wrote,
Bookworm Hienrichs

OOC: A glimpse into Bookworm's psyche

In the course of planning my new RP story, I got to thinking about Bookworm and her reactions to certain things. I realized that there's something of a strange dichotomy about her, and I thought I'd share it here. Dunno if anyone will be interested, but I'd like to articulate it anyway.

As I've stated on the Ning before--a few times--Bookworm is, in essence, her typist. Now, her typist, who is a Christian, but also well-versed in science (another strange dichotomy right there *grin*), is very skeptical about certain matters, such as the occult, mental powers, Bigfoot sightings, etc. That skepticism has carried over to Bookworm, who was born and raised in a very normal middle-American city. It really wasn't until she arrived in New Babbage that things changed for her.

That arrival has exposed her to a variety of interesting experiences and entities, including werewolves, fae folk, furries, vampires, zombies, and more. She never would have believed in any of it at home, but here...

Well, here, she's finding herself moving things in her mind from the categories of "That's impossible!" or "That could never happen to me." to a new category she had to create after her arrival. "Well...things are different here." There's been doing quite a bit of that over the past year and a half.

Strangely enough, though, such movement is never voluntary or preemptive, so to speak. She still has to be confronted with the impossibility before she'll truly believe in it. So, for instance, when Mr. Somerset talks to her about mental development, or teaching her basic mental shielding...well, she's far too polite to contradict such a good friend, but she's still very skeptical. Thus, her reactions to such become rather politely noncommittal. Her current RP story, however, may well involve some more shifting of categories.

There is one area, though, where this seems to have been a good thing. Because of her disbelief, she's never formed any preconceived notions or prejudices about the creatures she's met in New Babbage. She can meet them as they come, and, once she moves past the initial surprise, with a great deal of nonchalance.

So, there it is. Whether that's helpful or not, I don't know. But I, at least, found it interesting to think about.

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