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On Lena Newman


Character’s Full Name: Lena Mae Newman

Name Origin: The name ‘Lena’ comes from many different places around the world and means many different things, but it was only really chosen because her parents liked the sound of it. Her middle name is her maternal grandmother’s nickname.

Nicknames: Len; in general. Pet names; by Juliet. Slurs; by Lacey (all in good fun).

Birth Date: April 3rd

Religion: Lena was raised in a nondenominational household and grows up with a general belief that there is at least Something Greater out there. Most of her religious teachings as a child came from Lacey, whose father is a Pastor.

Physicality:My brown hair was down in waves, covered by a light gray beanie that sat almost perfectly over my ears. Jade green eyes lightly lined, freckles dusting my nose and cheeks, lips colored light pink.” Lena picked up her dominate traits from her father, although at first glance she doesn’t particularly look like either of her parents. She has thick brown hair and dark green eyes. She’s noted as being curvier than Juliet though they can still occasionally share clothes (this may be because of Juliet’s tendency to buy too-large sizes). Her fashion style is usually for comfort but follows the general trends. Height: 5’6″ | Weight: 125lbs | Shirt Size: S/M | Bra Size: 36C | Pants Size: 5 | Shoe Size: 7.5

Sexuality: Bisexual. Lena came to terms with her sexuality during her Senior year of High School. She also came out that year to the acceptance of the important people in her life.

Personality Facts: Prefers to go with the flow, not easily bothered, loyal, judges books by their cover (known for stereotyping people based on their appearance), gets anxious when things become personal.

Quirks: Sarcastic, likes to fully understand things, really bad at buying Christmas gifts, independent, has a beef intolerance, has a bit of a potty mouth, likes horror movies, not a particularly good cook.

Skills/Talents: Skilled artist, particularly good at makeup and face paints, fairly smart, good driver.

Phobias/Fears: Failure – Lena is honestly terrified of the idea that she will never make something of herself.

Favorite-

  • +Food: Chicken
  • +Drink: Sodas
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Strawberry Margarita
  • +Color: Blush Pink
  • +Film: The Addams Family
  • +Music: Indie
  • +Motto: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Lena, who would it be? 

Finding someone to look like Lena was actually fairly easy. I only searched for brunette females and immediately fell in love with Lily Collins. What I like about Lily is that she’s undoubtedly very beautiful but in a subtle kind of way. Her hair is perfect for Lena and I really love her resting face, lol.

I played with Lena’s race a little back when I was considering self publishing and thought Victoria Justice would be a good fit (for making her half Puerto Rican). I still like her, even though she’s a bit more put together than I picture Lena lol. Overall, I’d be happy with either of those girls representing in a hypothetical movie 😉

I remember someone once said that they were tired of seeing the ‘plain girls’ with an exceptionally beautiful partner when I was still writing this. I honestly never intended Lena to come off as plain…I think we lose her appearance a little bit because, obviously, the book is written in her POV. I can’t have her vainly staring at herself in the mirror all day, now can I?


Have you ever wanted to know something about Lena? Ask in the comments!

On Juliet James


Character’s Full Name: Juliet Liliana James

Name Origin: Juliet was named because her mother – Lily – was playing Juliet on Broadway when she met her husband. ‘Juliet’ is of French origin, a language very close to Lily’s heart (and one that Juliet actually speaks). Juliet’s middle name, Liliana, is the full version of her mother’s name. (Lily James named Juliet, while Ben James named their son, Rick).

Nicknames: Jules, by everyone; JJ, by select few in middle and elementary school.

Birth Date: October 15th

Religion: Lily was raised Roman Catholic while Ben was brought up in a loosely Christian household. Both parents instilled a belief in God in their children without the structure and restraints of traditional religion. The family attended church growing up, but mostly for Holidays. They do, however, say Grace often.

Physicality:  “She was pretty in a simple way, because unlike her style, her features were soft. Rounded cheeks, pouty lips, large bright blue eyes. Her hair was light blond, falling down her back in damp waves, bangs swept across her forehead. She wore very little makeup except for what was dark around her eyes, making them stand out even more than—I was sure—they would on their own.” Juliet takes after her mother more in appearance, with her fair skin, blond hair, and tall stature. Her eyes and smile, however, come from her father. Her fashion style tends to verge on the punk side of things, although she likes to pick more comfortable sizes (notably, her clothes are always too large). Her favorite outfit is her sex pistols shirt, her shiny leggings, and her combat boots. Height: 5’7″ | Weight: 115lbs | Shirt Size: S | Bra Size: 34B | Pants Size: 3 | Shoe Size: 8

Sexuality: Lesbian. Juliet never particularly went through a ‘questioning’ phase thanks to the open mindedness of her family. Likewise, her sexuality was never an issue and was accepted from the start.

Tattoos: Before she was of legal age Juliet had an infinity symbol tattooed on her wrist. It was a tribute to her mother, who used to tell her family members  that she loved them infinitely. Lakyn has a matching version. Post Epilogue Lena notices that Juliet has many new tattoos. She prefers smooth and perfect lines and occasionally splashes of pale color. Some ideas for the types of tattoos she would have as an adult can be found here, here, and here. It’s safe to assume that she has quite a few.

Personality Facts: Confident disposition, relaxed stature, generally calm, soft spoken, and levelheaded. Fairly nonjudgmental but guarded when it comes to herself.

Quirks: Horrible driver, particularly fond of applying pet names to her favorite people, doesn’t deal with her own issues well, does not work well under pressure, has a history of substance dependency, cannot sing, likes video games, doesn’t handle conflict well.

Skills/Talents: Skilled artist, good at sewing and designing, fairly smart, speaks two languages, decent cook.

Phobias/Fears: Any insect that stings.

Favorite-

  • +Food: Fish, particularly Salmon
  • +Drink: Jasmine Tea
  • +Alcoholic Drink: Verdejo Wine
  • +Color: Charcoal grey
  • +Film: Interview with a Vampire
  • +Music: 80s rock or gothic rock
  • +Motto: “Just be a Queen.”

So, if you could pick someone to represent Juliet, who would it be? 

Two years ago, when I first uploaded this story to Wattpad, I had a cast picked out. I ultimately ended up taking it down because people were treating it like a fanfic, which it very much was not. The truth is, I had very little exposure to the people I had put in the cast list. Taylor Momsen – who I chose as the original Juliet – I had the most to because of her role on Gossip Girl, but even then…

When I picked the cast, I just hit up Google with my most important traits. Of course, Taylor Momsen popped up when I went in for Jules. She became Juliet from that point on, but she’s not perfect. She’s got the hair, sure (although I imagine Juliet’s hair to be a little more on the ‘sandy blonde’ side than the platinum thing), but her features are a little too sharp. Personally, in my head, Juliet’s face is very soft. And although her make-up is dark, it’s more like thick eyelashes and some dark eyeliner, not the full smokey-eye thing Taylor has going for her. I think she worked a lot better when she was younger and softer. However, I have to admit, I’m not sure there’s anyone else out there who could pull her off. I mean, if they made a movie, I’d be down to see Taylor Momsen in her spot haha 😉


Have you ever wanted to know something about Juliet? Ask in the comments!

If Just Juliet Attended Hogwarts

So anyone who keeps up with my personal life knows I have a huge Harry Potter problem. (Huge. Like, I’m drowning, send help.) The other day coriandour asked me what houses the characters of Just Juliet would be in, and I thought it would make a good blog post.

For anyone who doesn’t know shit about Harry Potter, I’m sorry. I mean, really, I’m sorry, because that sucks. You should do something about that 😉

Okay, so, let’s get started, shall we?

Lena – I really think Lena would be a Hufflepuff. She’s a fairly chill person, patient in her own right, and definitely loyal. Most likely she’s an average student without really trying. Likes trips to Hogsmeade more than anything else. Complains about History of Magic. Totally works in the library. Doesn’t really care about Quidditch.

Juliet – I thought on Juliet for a long time, but I eventually landed on Slytherin. It’s the ambition the most I think. Besides, she just kind of has a Slytherin like aura, don’t you think? She’d probably do her best in Charms and likely can’t ride a broomstick to save her life. Still, she’s definitely a Quidditch fan.

Lacey – I thought about Lacey a lot too, because her personality is complex enough that she really could fit in just about any house. I think in the end I’d put her in Ravenclaw, because even though she doesn’t talk about her intelligence a lot, it is a very important part of her. Not to mention, she’s definitely an individual. She’d probably work her hardest on diminishing house separation, be top of her year, Head Girl, and likely in the dueling club. (She’d probably go on to be an Unspeakable).

Scott – Gryffindor! Boy has a stubborn streak a mile long. I usually count Scott as the ‘good influence’ so it makes sense that he’d be in the ‘good guy house’. He definitely makes the brave decision when the time comes. You can count on him to be passing on an Acceptable, likely in the dueling club, definitely Quidditch Captain. He’d probably go on to play professionally, as a Chaser.

Matt – Another Hufflepuff! Matt is the loyalist of loyal friends! I think he’d probably be good at Herbology (most likely in trouble a lot for trying to learn how to grow illegal plants) and an overall decent student. Sneaks into the kitchens late at night. Nice to House Elves. Professors favorite. Probably plays Keeper and Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff games are the only times anyone will catch Matt trash talking Scott.

Lakyn – Don’t even play like this little shit isn’t 100% Slytherin. Top student, excels at everything but particularly Potions, avid Quidditch fan. Likely Prefect for a year if only because it gave him better access to break rules. Cheats at everything.

As a side note, Ben James would have been a Hufflepuff, Lily would have been a Gryffindor, and Rick would have been a Ravenclaw.

Okay! That’s it for my first blog post! Thanks for reading! If you want to send me questions, feel free, you might just get featured! Huge thanks to coriandour for asking this one!

(and now I kind of wan to write a Harry Potter AU about my own book lmao.)

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