Beautiful People #7: Linus, the Bookworm Prince

by - 7:20 PM

Hey, young bloods! Today I'm linking up with Cait and Sky to bring you Beautiful People, where you answer questions about your book characters in an effort to get to know them better. This month, I'll be introducing you to my snotty, bookish prince Linus from my WIP series The World of the Four Pillars!

"Linus Aradassian was many things, and arrogant was certainly one of them."

1. How did you come up with this character?
He was originally the protagonist in a royal murder mystery. He and his two best friends, Philip Winesty and Ahnzia Aradassian, all came into being around the same time. I had to make them all different, so I sort of formed Linus (as well as Philip and Ahnzia) by looking at what the others were not. Neither of his friends are particularly reclusive, intellectual, or arrogant, so I decided those would be his three main personality traits and built up from there.

2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
Hahaha. Hahaaaa. No. 
As the only heir to one of the largest empires in the world, Linus has never had to worry about a meal. Even when he was a refugee fleeing from a burning city, he and his parents were given first priority in terms of food quantity and quality.

3. Do they have a talent or skill that they're proud of?
Linus is very good at retaining and inferring information. As he would put it, "I'm well-read, and I'm intelligent, and - unlike a good deal of people in this world - I know how to put two and two together to make four."

4. List three things that would make them lose their temper.
  • When people put books back in the wrong place
  • When, purely on account of laziness, people don't work to their full potential
  • When people think that indigo should count as a color in the rainbow. IT. IS. JUST. BLUE-PURPLE. It's basically a tertiary color. If the other tertiary colors don't get to be in the rainbow, indigo shouldn't either. (He could write a book addressing his feelings towards indigo. Actually, he already has.)
5. What is their favorite type of weather? Least favorite?
Linus loves blizzards, and Cavanor gets plenty. There's something wonderful about sitting curled up in an armchair, reading by firelight, as the world outside is a blur of white. It makes him feel like he's in his own little cocoon. 
His least favorite weather is when it's hot and humid - I mean, isn't everyone's?

6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MTBI personality?
R A V E N C L A W. He's definitely also an INTJ.

7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems or freak out about an unknown future?
Present problems. Linus is the sort of person who will plan every minute of his life down to the tiniest detail, so if problems arise for something due to occur next week he'll have a week to fix it. But if something pops up that disrupts something he's supposed to be doing now? That freaks him out. If he gets off schedule, his entire world collapses.

8. What is their favorite thing to drink?
He's quite a wine connoisseur.

9. What is their favorite color? Least favorite?
He loves navy blue and black, and his least favorite is definitely yellow. The world is too dark for a color that happy to exist.

10. What is a book that changed their life?
Contemplating the Cogwheels of the Universe by Aboreth Senigar. It's commonly dismissed by the scholars of Cavanor as being hogwash, but after reading an old, tattered copy it finally became clear to Linus what he wanted to be - a scholar, not a king.


Let's chat! What are your Hogwarts houses and personality types? Things that make you lose your temper? Are you participating in Beautiful People? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles.


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  1. Linus sounds quite intriguing. Also I kind of empathize with him in regard to books and their proper places. I've been known to grouch about books being in the wrong spot. Especially if I've spent hours organizing them. And the planning. I hate surprises, so I would definitely react the same way as Linus. But my favorite colors are lavender, buttery yellow, and caramel brown. I want to be a Ravenclaw, but if I take a quiz, I often get sorted into Slytherin. I'm an INFJ.

    1. Yesss! I get especially ticked off wham they're not in series order.
      I'm a Ravenclaw, but I do have a ton of Slytherin in me as well. To be completely accurate I usually go with Slytherclaw :)

      - Ellie


    1. Well, he's a prince and a bookworm. Best of both worlds. =)

  3. What an intriguing character! I loved reading about Linus, and totally understand the whole "books in wrong places" thing.


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