Followers of this blog will probably know that one of my FAVORITE series by far is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. So being asked to be on the blog tour, to celebrate the series and the release of Fairest, was equal parts shocking and exciting. If you’re not familiar with the series yet, here are my reviews of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress – all spoiler-free! Believe me when I tell you that these sci-fi fairy tales are stunning, well-written, completely engaging adventures that I believe any reader would like.
What I probably like the most of this series, though, are the diverse and compelling characters. If you’re unfamiliar with the structure of the series, there’s a big cast of main characters. In Cinder, the story focuses on Cinder and her love interest, Prince Kai. In Scarlet, we add to that cast Scarlet and her love interest Wolf. Thorne also makes an appearance, though his part gets larger in Cress, where that titular character is also introduced. And at the end of Cress we meet Winter and Jacin.
All the characters play big roles, but they’re all so different. And I want to introduce them to you – at least, in my interpretation – in a fandom-y way. Though I’m not artistic, there’s one thing that I can do kind of well and what I find super fun – so I made Sims of these characters in The Sims 4! LEGGO.
Cinder (Linh Cinder)
According to Marissa Meyer, Cinder is of mixed ethnicity (Asian/Caucasian), with tan skin, brown eyes, and straight brown hair that she often wears in a ponytail. She’s slender, has few curves, and dresses comfortable and utilitarian, befitting her occupation.
Meet Sim Cinder! As you can (hopefully) tell, I tried to stick really close to the physical descriptions provided throughout the series, and I just love how she turned out. I added gloves to her outfit, for obvious reasons, and boots, and tried to give her a crafty mechanic type look. Aside from that, a big part of the Sims is choosing their personality traits and aspirations. In The Sims 4, this is more important than ever before, because it affects gameplay A LOT. For Cinder I chose the aspiration Nerd Brain, which means she wants to be both book smart and handy. Her personality traits are Family-Oriented (because of her love for Peony), Creative (because of her mechanic skills), and Genius (she has a built-in computer!).
Meet Sim Kai! His aspiration is Successful Lineage – which I found fitting for a monarch. This means he wants to have a family that succeeds in life. His personality traits are Good (in game this means he wants to talk about world peace), Ambitious (he wants to be a good leader and do well for his people), and Loner (because he doesn’t always know who to trust).
Meet Sim Scarlet! I looove this hairstyle and this outfit, though it isn’t quite a hoodie. Her aspiration is Friend of the World, because I interpret her as being one of the most extroverted characters of the cast. Her personality traits are Self-Assured, Outgoing, and Ambitious to fit with the descriptions mentioned above.
Wolf Ze’ev Kesley
Meet Sim Wolf! The hair is custom content, but I had to have it, because it’s PERFECT for him. I made him as bulky as I could, but like the actual Wolf he can still manage to look a bit kind. His aspiration is Body Builder (because duh) and his personality traits are Loner (double duh), Hot-Headed (triple duh), and Glutton (…). I wish protective were a trait though, but I guess that wouldn’t do much for Sims gameplay. OH WELL.
Cress (Crescent Moon)
Meet Sim Cress! I wanted to give her a sweeter, less tough look, because that’s how she is. Her hair isn’t that long, but (spoiler-alert) it gets cut anyway during Cress. Her aspiration is Computer Whiz (because she is a super talented hacker), and her personality traits are Loves the Outdoors (getting out of the satellite is like a dream to her), Loner (because people intimidate her easily), and Geek (because, hello, she gave her computer a personality who she talks to like a little sister/friend).
Meet Sim Thorne! Now wipe that drool from your chin. Mmmm, I’m loving it. From the hair to the shirt with the vest… this screams Thorne to me. His aspiration is Hopeful Romantic (meaning he wants to play the field and go on lots of dates), and his personality traits are Self-Assured (read: cocky), Goofball (because he is pretty playful, okay?), and Ambitious (space pirate). I could have made him non-committal, because arguably he is, but that’s less fun for gameplay, imho. (And yes, I do intend to play with these Sims.)
Princess Winter Hayle-Blackburn
I don’t have the strongest image of Winter in my head yet, but Sim Winter is definitely growing on me. I love that dress and want to steal it. Image-wise, I could be off, but I definitely had fun choosing her personality traits. Her aspiration is Friend of the World (because she does seem pretty outgoing, albeit in a really kooky way) and her personality traits are Insane (going to be FUN for gameplay), Goofball, and Outgoing.
Meet Sim Jacin! Yep, I gave him a ponytail. Hey, that can be cute! I had to give him the most official looking outfit I could find, so all in all I’m pretty satisfied with this Sim. Though I don’t know Jacin too well yet. Like Wolf, his aspiration is Body Builder (he wants to be strong so he can protect his loved ones), and his personality traits are Active, Self-Assured, and Perfectionist (a bit of a stretch, but as a careful military man, I could see this happening).
Some Candid Shots
What do you think of my Lunar Sims? I am planning on playing with this household soon, so let me know if you want some updates or gameplay 🙂 I’m sure it’ll make for an interesting game!
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