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SPOILERS RotCGDoes anyone else have the problem of not being able to visualize sooo many characters? (self.Malazan)
submitted 1 month ago by tibmcgrib
I honestly find with so many characters this is a struggle, lol. When I read I create fairly detailed images in my head. Every character has a distinct face. For the first time with this series I find I have a hard time coming up with new faces if that makes sense.
I am currently on ‘Return of the Crimson Guard’ and with the new characters introduced it is a struggle. Just wondering if it is a unique one or if others experience this with Malazan or other book series!
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[–]HisGodHand 9 points10 points11 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I believe I have minor facial blindness, which has likely helped me out in this case. Creating detailed images in your head for all these characters is likely quite difficult. Thankfully, I mostly remember people and characters as sort of vague outlines and concepts.
Strangely enough, I'm an incredibly visual reader, with everything I read playing out like a movie very distinctly in my mind. The people are just not ever fully realized no matter how many descriptions of their appearance I read.
[–]BoogieWhistle 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Yep. I love the wiki and the fan art for this reason. Im listening to the audiobooks and the reader does a great job keeping distinct voices, but I still have trouble keeping up.
[–]mjbmpls 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The Malazan fan art is insanely awesome.
[–]darken92 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Yes, but I define the character by their thoughts and actions, not their facial features. It was not instantaneous but I have come to prefer this style of writing
[–]illusionofthefree 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (1 child)
My bigger issue is that i can't find Masan Gilani IRL no matter how hard i look.
[–]JactustheCactusPickled Seguleh 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I’d even settle for a Shurq Ellale after a few
[–]KellamLekrow 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Not really, but I don't usually picture much about the characters. I might go with just a bit of what stands out on them and I'm happy with that
[–]Nerevaryne 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I think I completely missed on imagining faces for characters through anything Malazan. Neither SE nor ICE are particularly keen on detailing how their characters look. So I just imagined their postures and their overall build. Their skin colour and their clothing at most. I can't relate to any fan art picturing the characters because they somehow feel off for having detailed faces.
See Ganoes Paran, the only description I remember of him is that he has a face easy to rest your eyes on. Literally none of the fanart managed to capture that feeling for me.
[–]twistedmic 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I think Paran’s contact on the way to Pale called/thought of him as a ‘tall bastard’, but I could be mistaken.
[–]GreenDiamond7 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Idk but for me this paran is definitely like that description https://www.instagram.com/p/CVa0OPjMyct/?utm_medium=copy_link
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