As a reader, I tend to look for ways that the characters I’m reading about are like me, or are like I was as a kid. I think it’s something that most imaginative people do, if they’re readers. We enjoy relating to these fictional characters, maybe because it makes it easier for us to imagine ourselves going on these amazing escapades.
Over the years, there have been a million characters that resonated with me because of similarities to myself. There were just none that I related to as much as I did Victor Bayne from Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCop series.
Let me get a few things out of the way. I am not a 40 year old man. I am straight. I am not a cop, nor can I see and speak with ghosts. I do not need to pop pills in order to keep said ghosts away. I have not, nor ever been, held against my will and become someone’s lab rat. I don’t have to worry about being bugged, or assassinated. Clearly, in all of those obvious ways, Vic and I are absolutely nothing alike.
However, when you peel back his layers to everything happening inside his head, we are so much alike. Both of us feel like we’re awkward people. Neither of us does well in crowds, or is very good at expressing ourselves verbally. Too much attention makes us uncomfortable, and we’re harder on ourselves than we probably should be. What it comes down to, is that in every scene that should be intimate or familiar Victor’s reactions remind me of how I’ve felt in the past. His thoughts mirror my thoughts, his internal dialogue is a version of mine. Our brains seem to be wired the same.
I felt this camaraderie immediately, right from my first reading of Among the Living. It’s one of the biggest reasons that PsyCop has always been one of my favorite series, and why Vic is one of my all time favorite characters.
So, the point of this post is that, this morning as I was listening to GhosTV on audio, Victors birthday was casually mentioned. I’m not sure how I missed this the first time, because my mind was totally blown. It was MY birthday! 2/23! Victor Bayne and I are birthday twins! I was delighted. I consider this proof. No matter what anyone else says, Vic is my fictional personality doppelganger. We are the same, he and I…
Who is your fictional personality doppelganger?