Monday, April 2, 2012
Becky Beech: The Odd Couple
Becky originated in the same short story as Emma Earl titled "Heart of a Hero" where an evil villain sends Emma back in time to when she's 8 years old, just days before her parents are killed. Becky was introduced as Emma's best friend back then. About all we learn about her in the story is that she's Emma's best friend because there wasn't much room for her to contribute anything to the story.
When I decided to write a novel based on the characters of that story--or some of the characters at least--Becky needed to have more of a background. So I decided to make her kind of the mirror image of Emma. Where Emma is skinny, Becky is fat. Where Emma is shy, Becky is outspoken. Where Emma is a genius, Becky is of average intelligence, though far from dumb. Where Emma is from a stable middle-class family, Becky is from a trailer park, where her mother was abusive and she never knew her father. Where Emma was an only child, Becky has three sisters.
In addition to that, Becky assumed a surrogate mother role over Emma. Being the more outspoken, street-smart one, Becky feels she needs to protect Emma from her own good, trusting nature. And there is in one of the deleted scenes a flashback to where Emma's mother asks Becky to look after her little girl because Emma's mother also knew that Emma would need protection from bullies. That was something Becky took more seriously after Emma's parents died. Though as the series goes on and Emma gets more mature, Becky becomes less of the mother hen.
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