With so many changes happening to the world outside this humble writer’s window, it seemed to be a good time to bring in another element to story writing- static and dynamic characters. Very often in a chapter book or a book series, there will be a main character (or in some books, a few characters) who go through some type of drastic change as they journey through the story. Such characters are called dynamic characters.
Characters (most of which are minor characters), who are static don’t undergo any kind of change through the entire course of the story.
A book series that serves as a great example is titled Akiko by Mark Crilley. The series stars a young girl named Akiko who lived an ordinary life until she was whisked off to the planet Smoo and asked by the Smoovian king if she would help save his son, Prince Froptoppit. She agrees and saves the prince and ever since then has been making the intergalactic universe a better place.
Thankfully, she isn’t alone on many of her journeys; she is joined by a crazy cast of characters who were told by the Smoovian king to accompany Akiko. They consist of a tall, rough-looking man named Spuckler who can fix pretty much any automobile in the Milky Way, Mr. Beeba whose knowledge about pretty much everything is a constant source of help when the gang is in danger. Gax is Spuckler’s endearing old robot that aids in repairing broken automobiles with Spuckler. Poog is probably the most curious of the bunch. A floating purple head with amazing telepathic powers, this little alien is one of Akiko’s best friends and is always there to help out in a pinch.
The journeys that Akiko makes are full of excitement, danger, and aliens- something she never would have experienced while on earth. Since this drastic life change, Akiko has changed very much. Before she began her space adventures, she was just an ordinary girl who went to school, didn’t like getting in trouble, and was generally just a quiet kid.
While she’s on her adventures, Akiko explores much about herself that she didn’t know before. For example, her physical and emotional limits. As the leader of her team, Akiko must make difficult decisions and come to terms with the fact that not all things can be fixed the way she first thought they ought to be.
Akiko goes from being an ordinary girl to an intergalactic hero- she knows what she expects of herself, what her limits are, and how to take charge. The book series is honestly wonderful, and I advise anyone to go to the bookstore or library now and read them.
Well dear readers, that’s all for today. Until next time- happy reading!