SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => Research => Topic started by: olmue on April 25, 2016, 10:34 AM

Title: Basketball star autograph?
Post by: olmue on April 25, 2016, 10:34 AM
Funny how your characters have interests you don't sometimes. I've got a middle school character who plays basketball who treasures an autograph from a famous basketball player. Right now I've got Kobe Bryant's name in the spot. Is this reasonable? Or is there someone who would be more relevant and/or realistic today? (I see that KB retired in 2016.)
Title: Re: Basketball star autograph?
Post by: Marissa Doyle on April 25, 2016, 10:49 AM
Is this a case like using actual popular singers/groups--that it might end up being dated in too short a time (or, heaven forbid, the player you choose ends up at the center of a scandal or something?)

Unless maybe having a very famous player from the past would be OK?
Title: Re: Basketball star autograph?
Post by: andracill on April 25, 2016, 10:58 AM
Yeah...it could be outdated pretty quickly. What about a Harlem Globetrotter or someone like Michael Jordan? They might be more timeless, and in both cases, any reader who knew anything about basketball would have heard of them, no matter how much time passes.
Title: Re: Basketball star autograph?
Post by: JennaWren on April 25, 2016, 12:19 PM
I was going to chime in to say that 13yos fave is Stef Curry (he's young and amazing and will be a "Michael Jordan" through history) -- but yeah, you might be better of going with someone who is really old-school.
Title: Re: Basketball star autograph?
Post by: dewsanddamps on April 25, 2016, 03:24 PM
I wouldn't use Kobe because some people still don't like him because of the rape incident. It just seems like it has potential to alienate some moms, and why, when you can use anyone?

I'd use a made-up name with "star center for the Knicks" or whatever, or just the position/team. If you feel like you have to use a real person, I'd use Michael Jordan. He would still appeal since he's the best ever--it would be like getting Babe Ruth's signature. Even today, who wouldn't want that?

:2cents
Title: Re: Basketball star autograph?
Post by: olmue on April 25, 2016, 04:26 PM
Glad I asked. No, I do not want any echoes of rape incidents in the book. Ack. That's the problem with having a real person--besides the risk of it becoming dated, you just don't know what a "hero" might end up doing. Michael Jordan is awesome. Although a little old (I originally had my character see him in person--but that doesn't work for a contemporary story). I guess I could have him get the autograph from someone else. Or...maybe invent a player for a famous team.

Hm. I wish I knew everything. Then writing would be easy. :grin3
Title: Re: Basketball star autograph?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 25, 2016, 06:05 PM
Maybe look at the all stars from the city you're using. Each team has its all time greats. You could take one of those. And there's no reason the character' can't meet, unless the one is dead. There are old timer events in most stadiums and some players become celebrities in other media or motivational speakers. Some are even writing kids' books.