The Origins of Nina

I want to take this time to go into some of the inspirations behind the character of Nina. Seeing as most of you haven’t read the three stories on fictionpress that are the book, don’t worry this isn’t about to spoil anything major, it’s just a look into why I created this character and what inspired me to do so.
Nina’s story, if you think about it, serves as the backdrop for the second part of the book. And as a character that is never really seen and only talked about once or twice, is pretty impressive. When I wrote the initial story (part 1 of the book), Nina wasn’t in it as the Temple of the Goddess was meant to be a monument to Lilith and appear more like the Spirit Temple in Ocarina of Time. I only added in Nina a couple of years later when I decided to write the second and third parts and post them all online. I originally wrote her as a sort of Christ-like figure, she’s part divine and dies because of her love for humanity.
But also around this time was when my school put on a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, which was a beautiful show that I saw like four or five times (and as someone who didn’t consider himself as a Chekhov fan, that’s saying something). And the character that stole the show for me was the character of Nina; her actress brought out both the physical and emotional beauty of the character, and the tragedy of her story was impossible not to have your heart moved. And it is this performance that I truly based Nina off of: her love of acting is so complete that she would rather destroy herself and continue acting than not act and try to live a happier life. Also (don’t yell at me if this is wrong, but feel free to point it out), I believe that the form of a female child in Spanish is Nina, and I thought that was a real appropriate and nice fit for the character.
Ok, that’s my blurb about about the goddess Nina. Let me know if this better informs your reading when the book is eventually published (hopefully by the start of summer), or if you go and read the early draft on fictionpress.

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