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Beautiful People | Friendship Edition

Well, hello lovely people. I've been all over the place this week ... working on rewriting Resist, brainstorming something wonderful with Emily Chapman, herding kittens (aka preschoolers at VBS) ... anyway, I saw that this month's edition of Beautiful People is friendship and I couldn't pass it up. I'm going to share Hans and Alex's friendship in Resist.

1. How long have they known each other, and how close are they?
Hans and Alex have known each other since 1940. In the short time they've known each other, they have become like brothers.

2. What’s their earliest memory of being best friends?
They became friends the moment they realized that their convictions were the same. In the midst of the Nazi stronghold they banned together united by the same cause. They couldn’t trust many people, but knowing they were safe to have full confidence in each other made them brothers.

3. Do they fight? How long do they typically fight for?
Occasionally. They never let it sever their friendship, though. It's usually just short, quick disagreements that they clear up. They can’t afford to hold grudges.  

4. Are their personalities similar or do they compliment each other?
They are similar in some ways. When they’re passionate about something they dive into it with all their energy. Hans can be more introspective and moody at times. Alex is relaxed and never takes things too seriously. Hans was once enthusiastic about Hitler’s promises of a new Germany. Alex was never impressed.

5. Who is the leader of their friendship (if anyone)?
I would say Hans for the most part.

6. Do they have any secrets from each other?
Not major secrets. Just little ones … Alex doesn’t know how much Hans likes Gisela, for instance. They are co-conspirators so they don’t hide things from each other.

7. How well do they know each other’s quirks and habits?
Very well. Alex never goes anywhere without his pipe and can be rather loud at times. Hans leaves piles of books all over the place, leaving no room for company to sit. He also likes to recite poetry in response to questions or in conversation.

8. What kind of things do they like to do together?
Talk over philosophical things, read poetry, play the guitar and balalaika, go to concerts, and ponder how to resist the tyranny their facing.

9. Describe each character’s fashion style (use pictures if you’d like!) How
are their styles different/similar?
They are both are required to wear Wehrmacht uniforms, but when they are allowed to wear civilian clothing, their styles differ a little. Alex dons a pipe, turtleneck sweaters, and suits. He has an English squire look about him. Hans is more relaxed in his style. He wears his hair brushed back in a wave, wears sweaters, t-shirts, and trousers. He does wear suits at times as well.

10. How would their lives be different without each other?
If they didn’t have each other, it would have taken them longer to start a resistance. The White Rose may never have been formed. The writing and ideas for the leaflets were a combined effort.

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  1. One, I'm going to do this link up for my post on Friday. Be ya can't guess for who. *Sneaky grin*
    Two, I didn't tag you in my last post but consider yourself tagged. Because I want to read seven lines from your book

    The End

    1. Oooooh is it Japhet and Franz?!!! Can't wait to read your link up!!! Thanks for the tag! It sounds like fun! And thank you so much for your sweet and excited comment!! I can't wait to share the book with everyone sometime soon! =)

  2. Ooooh, this sounds like a really fun book! I love how much your photos have the aura of that time period. Alex and his pipe seem quite inseparable, and The White Rose sounds like a fascinating organisation and therefore Alex and Hans must also be inseparable :D Oh, and you have an absolutely GLORIOUS blog design.

    (Psst, here's my ​Beautiful People post!)

    1. Thank you so much, Alyssa! This book is based on a true story which has made the writing process both challenging and really fun at the same time. It's a sad story though, so some parts have been hard to write. =(

      Off to read your post! =)

  3. Wow! Resist sounds like it is going to be amazing (^_^)

  4. Oh, Emily, this was fantastic to read! I know you've been writing a story about the White Rose resistance, but I did not know you were focusing on the historical characters themselves as your protagonists :). That's fascinating and wonderful!

    I'm eager to read "Resist" very much :D.

  5. AAAG. I need more of the White Rose Society in my life : ) Every time I see that you've posted something about RESIST I do a little dance on the inside. Keep it up!

  6. I love all the black and white pictures, really brings the setting to mind. They are very realistic, I love it when characters are like that. Tangible I guess is what I am trying to say.

  7. Love this, the pictures, the relationship. Very realistic.

  8. Love the setting in WW2 Germany. And two friends starting up a resistance against Hitler? Very exciting! Makes me want to read more!