Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Charlie Cochet’s Men & Mischief Monthly Author Column… how the eighties influenced Dex’s character. Includes Giveaway

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me here at Sinfully for my monthly author column. As I was hanging out with an author pal, I was thinking about my post for this month, and what my topic should be. So I did what all authors do when in the company of their author friends. I turned to her and said, “what should I talk about?”

And of course it took her seconds to come up with something that would have taken me days. She said, “why don’t you talk about how the eighties influenced Dex’s character.” I thought about it for a second. I’d written posts on Dex’s eighties obsession before, but that’s not what she meant. She was talking about was how Dex would have been a completely different character had he been a nineties kid. It’s something that surprisingly hadn’t occurred to me. Dex is a child of the eighties. He references eighties movies, and the music he listens to is primarily from eighties. But it’s more than that.

You know how they say write what you know? Well, I know the eighties. So infusing that into Dex’s character didn’t involve research the way it would have had Dex been born in 1990 rather than 1980. But it wasn’t just the research that would have been involved. As a child of the eighties, I lived and breathed the music and movies of the time. The nostalgia is strong with this one. I’m still passionate about it. I still feel the music. So when Dex references a favorite movie, it’s more than just a reference. It’s a part of him, a part of his being. What I consider a certain innocence.

When I look at the movies of the eighties compared to the nineties, there’s a big difference in the themes, tones, and characters. Of course there are. It’s a decade later. Society has changed. If we look at some of the movie hits of the eighties we have Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Breakfast Club, Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Aliens, etc. In the nineties we have Pulp Fiction, The Silence of the Lambs, The Matrix, Empire Records, Fight Club, Clueless, Jurassic Park, Time to Kill, Seven, etc. Then look at the music from the eighties compared to the nineties. Grunge was huge in the nineties. How would Dex’s personality change had he grown up listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Boys 2 Men, or Bush?

What do you think Dex’s personality would be had he been born in the nineties rather than the eighties? Would he still be Dex? How Dexish would Dex be?


THIRDS Beyond the Books

Charlie Cochet

THIRDSbeyondGenre: Science Fiction Gay Romance

Length: Novella

Published: May 11, 2016

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Join us as we celebrate the THIRDS universe with this collection of flash fiction stories written to prompts submitted by fans. Sometimes we want to know more about our favorite characters. Where they came from, how they became who they are, their families, friendships, and past heartaches. These snippets of moments in time offer an inside look at the lives of our favorite THIRDS characters. Whether it’s first shifts, the forging of unbreakable bonds, or a night full of shenanigans, these stories are sure to enrich your THIRDS reading experience.

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Meet Charlie Cochet


Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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  1. I cannot imagine Dex as a nineties kid. I wish I could imagine him, but somehow I can't. Maybe it is because I'm a child of the eighties myself. so it is easy do identify with his character and sense of humour... Anyhow, I do love him the way he is.

  2. I think the more playful tone of the 80's fits Dex much better than the angsty 90's grunge!

  3. I can totally see him grooving to MMMbop and dressing up like a member of 'NSync or the Backstreet Boys. By the time he became cognizant of music, alas, grunge would have been on its way out.

  4. I can't picture his as anything but an 80's guy!

  5. There was little humor in the nineties, maybe due to Y2K hysteria. So Dex would be much darker if he were a child of the nineties. The eighties were the last optimistic decade.

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  7. Being a Gen-Xer myself (who grew up partly in the '80s and partly in the '90s), I agree with Chuck Klosterman that most '90s kids were really idealistic romantics who nurse the cynical exterior because people let us down. I can imagine that for Dex!


  8. I don't think Dex would be as much fun, as playful, and probably not as irritating (for some people) if the was not an '80s child. Thanks for the post!


  9. OMG Dex would be completely different if he'd grown up in the 90s! He'd be more brooding and introverted instead of outgoing and extroverted. I was born in 1970, but my formative years were the 80s, because those were my tween and teen years. So in a way, it's Tony's continuation of all things 80s as he raised his boys that influenced Dex, IMO. Dex was 0-10 years old during the 80s, so his parents' TV -watching and music-listening had alot of influence on him, and Dex CHOSE to stick with it. Because the 90s compared to the 80s overall? Not so good, lol.

  10. i think Dex would def fit into the 80's

  11. A decade makes a huge difference.


  12. Dex probably won't be all be the same but I think he'll be more fun loving and maybe laid back? I think he'll still be humorous and fun loving...I was born in the late 80's so I would hope not too much would change since they were still playing some 80's stuff in the 90's.

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  13. Dex wouldn't be the same...his innocence and playfulness would most likely be toned back and he would be a darker person


  14. I don't have it in me to imagine what would have been if the context were different. Especially when Dex is concerned: it kind of feels like expecting a friend to be different ;-)
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  15. I can't even imagine Dex being any different from how he is. He's perfect just the way he is, and that's due to the 80's influence.

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  16. Aw, thank you all so much for thew amazing replies! I think Dex would be a different person. Perhaps still playful, but not as adorkable maybe? I think there definitely is a certain innocence to him and his humor that may have been a little more sarcastic had he been born in the 90s. Nihcki's right as well that Dex would have picked up a lot of his 80s influence from Tony who kept the classic rock and 80s music alive for Dex because of his parents. <3

  17. To me, he would still be the Dex we know. He's awesome as he is and that won't change no matter what year he was borned.