Sunday, August 23, 2015

Beautiful People #12 // Zaneta and Angelina


Today we're looking at two friends from Masked Souls (also known as VeniceNovel because I'm not sure how much I like that title):

Zaneta and Angelina 

Zaneta and Angelina

Zaneta  Angelina  

1. How long have they known each other, and how close are they?

They've been friends since they were tiny children (about seven years old?) and met up while playing on the banks of the canals, so I guess that would be... ten years? They live a short walk away from each other, so it was a convenient friendship. They're pretty close, since they grew up together, and Zaneta's longing for sparkle in every part of her life naturally grasped on to Angelina, who is playful sparkle incarnate.

2. What's their earliest memory of being best friends?

Zaneta would say that it was when Angelina took her side against Angelina's brother, Giovanni, in an argument. Angelina, though she won't admit it, worships her older brother to a certain extent, and Zaneta appreciated that Angelina considered her a good enough friend to take her side in the discussion.

3. Do they fight? How long do they typically fight for?

Their tempers are very similar. They flare up quickly, and then disappear just as quickly. They don't fight as much as they have five minute squabbles before returning to love again.

4. Are their personalities similar, or do they compliment each other?

At many levels, their personalities are very similar. They both laugh easily, cry easily, and get angry easily. At first glance, Zaneta appears to be the more headstrong and tough one, and Angelina the weaker, more delicate, and more superficial one, and I suppose this is true to a certain extent. But Angelina has hidden strength, and Zaneta can be just as flighty as Angelina. 

I suppose they compliment each other by being similar. Angelina satisfies Zaneta's need for sparkle and superficiality and pretty nothings, and Zaneta satisfies Angelina's desire for a friend who takes her seriously. 

Also, I think an interesting study is a comparison of their flirting methods. :-) Angelina is a hair twirler, giggler, and an "Oh dear, could you help me with ____?" All the while overwhelmingly elegant in swooshing skirts.
Zaneta can make flattery sound honest, and has the most fantastically charming smile in all of Venice. She has a touch of mystery and adventure to her that is kinda irresistible. And she can be clumsy sometimes, but forgiveably so, because she's kinda cute, you know? 

5. Who is the leader of their friendship (if anyone)?

I think it depends on the situation. At parties, Angelina is the leader, and Zaneta learns from her. On the street, hanging out with friends (and many beaus), they are equal. And in the marketplace or when interacting with the slightly more lower classes, Zaneta leads, and Angelina follows.

6. Do they have any secrets from each other?

Angelina is secretly shipping Zaneta and Giovanni very VERY HARD. (This would be a good place to point out that Giovanni is Zaneta's friend too, just not as close as Angelina. He's kind of taken on a big-brother role with Zaneta as well, since she was always hanging out with his sister.)
handsome stranger (i.e. Nicolo)

Zaneta has many secrets that she acquires over the course of the story (though not in the beginning). Some, she tells Angelina (like meeting the handsome stranger during Carnivale). But many she keeps to herself (like the mysterious cloaked and creepy man who had been having odd deals with her father, or like her father suddenly getting arrested with no warning for no reason, or like the note her father left in the workshop about a very odd mask he had been working on).

7. How well do they know each other's quirks and habits?

Angelina has taught herself how to look very very interested and enraptured when she isn't interested at all. Zaneta can tell the difference between interested Angelina and fake-interested Angelina, which is something not everyone can do.

8. What kind of things do they like to do together?

Rowing on the canals is always fun, especially if they can recruit some cute guy to row for them (which isn't hard for them to do). Angelina hosts a lot of parties, and Zaneta is always invited. And when there aren't people to hang out with (or boys to flirt with), they like to sit on the front stoop of Soranzi Masks and chat and watch the boats float down the canal.

9. Describe each character's fashion style (use pictures if you'd like!) How are their styles different/similar?

Well, Angelina's a little higher on the aristocracy pole than Zaneta (though not by much), so it impacts the dress. This isn't at ALL historically accurate, but I'm not writing hist fic here. Anyway, here are pictures:

Angelina, daily wear
18th century gown reproduction  Other Dress #2dayslook #watsonlucy723 #OtherDress
Angelina, Carnivale dress

Quiet moment by on @deviantART - I'm not 100% sure this was based off 17th century dress, but it does remind me a lot of how women were depicted in the Dutch and Flemish genre paintings of the time, so....
Zaneta, daily wear
Dress, 1660s, Museum of Fashion Bath
Zaneta, Carnivale dress

 Now that I look at these pictures, I see how horribly historically off some of them are. *shrugs* I'm afraid if I focus too much on historical accuracy, I'll never get to my story, so oh well.

10. How would their lives be different without each other?

Zaneta would go to less parties. She would probably get into more mischief than she already does. Going to the dances with Angelina keeps her out of trouble. 

Angelina wouldn't have someone to talk to about serious matters, since a lot of people see her as kinda superficial.

This is the last Beautiful People post this month, I promise... (Finally caught up!) Check out the other friendship-themed posts and join the linky HERE!

Oh and before you go, some news: I got a tumblr! Which might not have been the best idea considering I start school tomorrow. Oh well.

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