Character Interview Blogfest – Sophia Responds
SOPHIA: Thank you very much for your indulgence in my petition, Mr. Rosenberg. I shall drive straight to the point. I am quite upset at your portrayal of Miss Viola as an Evil Villain. Nothing could be further from the truth.
SOPHIA: It is true that she is quite challenged, but I believe her to be good. She performs many heroic acts.
ANDREW: I know she’s your lost twin sister, and you feel you must defend her, but at some point you must open your eyes.
SOPHIA: No, it is you with eyes shut. You are always seeing the worst in people.
ANDREW: Sophia, in the last scene I wrote yesterday, Viola is holding a knife to your throat as you sleep. You are in denial about her true nature. You are an inherently good, loving person, and you refuse to see what is right in front of your face. Evil.
SOPHIA. Nonsense. Did she kill me? No. You want me to believe she is beyond repair, broken, a fractured soul. I do not—I cannot believe that. She can change. She can be redeemed.
ANDREW: Do you understand that this is what makes you the Hero? You would lay your life down for Viola, wouldn’t you.
SOPHIA: Not only would I, I nearly did if you recall.
ANDREW: Would she do the same for you?
SOPHIA: Of course she would. We have had our differences, yes, but there is love and compassion in her heart. And I know deep inside she wants to change, to better herself. You could do this. You have the power to fix her, to set things right. Please, good sir, please have compassion for one of your characters and help set her on a better road.
ANDREW: You know I can’t do that. Viola is who she is. You need to accept that.
SOPHIA: And you need to accept that I will never stop fighting for her. No matter how evil you write her, how vicious and mean she becomes, I will always be there for her.
ANDREW: Even if she kills your aunt, your sister, or your mother?
SOPHIA: You would not write such things. Tell me you would not do that. Please, please, kind sir, do not do this to Viola. Even you are not so cruel. If you set her to such tasks, I will refuse to participate in this novel. I will simply sit and do nothing—I shall go on strike.
ANDREW: Are you beginning to understand what you’re up against?
SOPHIA: Yes, the most evil creature ever devised. The most hideous, despicable, and utterly gutless character in the entire Universe. The Author. I will fight you with every means at my disposal. In the words, on the pages, across the hard disk. You will not win this fight, Mr. Rosenberg. Viola will have her redemption, I promise you. And now that I see your thoughts, I will act to prevent such occurrences. Now I must be off. Good day.
ANDREW: Okay, Sophia, take care. And watch your back.