By Melinda Carroll
I just read the YA paranormal novel The White Cat by Holly Black. I won't go into too many details for those of you who want to read it, but the story boils down to this: Are we the kind of people we are because of the memories we have?
So what happens if those memories get taken away? I know someone who was in a serious car accident during college. He lost much of his memory, as well as much of his cognitive ability. He appeared to change into a completely different person.
So what part of us is us, and what part of us has been formed by our circumstances (and memories)?
It's an interesting thing to think about while creating characters.