Which Gilligan's Island Character Best Describes You As A Writer?

Using Popular Character Traits Can Pinpoint Your Unique Style as a Writer

Many writers are influenced by other authors, which can make it difficult to establish their own individuality. Sometimes writers are unable to find their niche in an oversaturated industry.

Through creative measures a writer can observe their unique character traits through the observation of our favorite t.v. shows.

As an example I will use Gilligan's Island to analyze certain aspects of a writer. By observing each character using the viewpoint written by Les Rogers, incorporating his seven deadly sins evaluation, I supplied aspects which can motivate writers to eliminate negative writing skills by embracing positive writing habits.

I hope you will find this observation both entertaining and resourceful.

Ginger: Are You A Lustful Writer?

Photo of Tina Louise from her work on the television program Gilligan's Island.
Photo of Tina Louise from her work on the television program Gilligan's Island. | Source

Lusty Ginger.

Deadly Sin #1 Lust

They say that sex sells. And not many people can argue with this fact. With erotica books such as ‎EL Jame's' Fifty Shades of Grey ', and vividly sensual romance novel's which is estimated to be a $1.4 billion industry , may tempt many writers to kiss and tell.

Romance is a human part of life. However, a Ginger writer can go overboard. Have you ever been surfing through the Hubpages and spot a profile picture that leaves very little to the imagination? You can instantly guess what kind of articles are in store.

Ginger writers tend to put it all out there when in reality this could turn readers off. Sometimes less is best. The E.L. James book covers display a tie, or handcuffs? Yet, the author allows the reader to use their imagination.

Positive: I personally do not read erotic books, but on a positive note many Ginger authors have the ability to create metaphorically beautiful subtle romance novels. That have the opportunity to make great movies.

Mary Ann: Are You An Envious Writer?

Photo of Dawn Wells as Mary Ann from the television program Gilligan's Island.
Photo of Dawn Wells as Mary Ann from the television program Gilligan's Island. | Source

Envious Mary Ann

Deadly Sin # 2 Envy

Who can fight against envy? Jealousy is a monster that can drive a writer insane. Even though Mary Ann was the cute all American Girl Next Door, she had some jealousy issues when it came to Ginger. And what female wouldn't want to be a gorgeous movie star? What man wouldn't want to be a handsome movie star?

This leads us to writing. Have you ever read a book that lacked engagement yet,It's a bestseller. Or maybe we even get jealous over the HOTD winner? Jealousy is a part of life, and understandable. You may have stayed up all night working on your Hub article entitled: "Ten Ways To Avoid Wetting The Bed", you've provided pictures and videos, you went all out on this hub/article, only to find out that the HOTD is about, "How to Scrape Roadkill Off Your Tires Without Passing Out"

The point of the matter is that some articles may be appealing to you, and others may not grab your interest. Just because you find the topic on bed wetting to be intriguing, does not mean that everyone else does. It's obvious that people want to learn about roadkill. You just have to deal with it.

Positive:The worse thing you can do as writer is to focus on other writers. Run your own race.

The Professor: Are You A Prideful Writer?

A screenshot showing Russell Johnson as The Professor from Gilligan's Island
A screenshot showing Russell Johnson as The Professor from Gilligan's Island | Source

Prideful Professor

Deadly Sin #3 Pride

No one likes a prideful writer, and yet many of us have played that role. I can't tell you how many times I've heard a writer say,"How dare they try to correct me as a writer! Who do they think they are? I've been writing ever since I could read, and I was only 5 months old at the time! I invented the pencil, the typewriter, and the computer! I know everything about writing! Who do they think they're dealing with!"

There is no doubt that the prideful writer can teach everyone a thing or two, but let's face it, who likes a prideful writer?

Have you ever visited the Hubpages community, and stumbled across an arrogant writer? It's annoying. A Hubber can ask a simple question, such as, "Could someone please tell me what does the number next to my profile picture stands for?"

And here replies Mr.or Ms.pompous know- it- all, "I've been here for many years, and you newbies need to get it together... what is it that you don't understand? I am soooo important, and you're NOT! I don't have to respond nicely to you! Read the directions! You Do KNOW HOW TO READ, DONT YOU? You are a waste of my precious time. I have a hubscore of 100 and you have a hubscore of -2. What a waste!"

Okay... maybe they don't come off like that, but...I can read between the lines and so can you.

Positive: You could probably be a good mentor if you were not so stuck on yourself. The bottom line is that most writers are sensitive artist who use their love for writing as an outlet. A humble writer attracts a dedicated audience.

'Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.'

Thurston Howell, III: Are You A Greedy Writer?

A film screenshot showing Jim Backus as Thurston Howell, III, the millionaire from Gilligan's Island
A film screenshot showing Jim Backus as Thurston Howell, III, the millionaire from Gilligan's Island | Source

The Greedy Howell's

Deadly Sin # 4 Greed

I'm in it for the money. J. K. Rowling, move over. A greedy writer could care less about the depth of his or her writing skills, it's all about the money. Such writers are inspired by researching the cash advance of other writers. There is a disconnect when it comes to reaching out to others through the art of writing because their main focus is money and acquiring earthly possessions.

Positive: Most writers do not make a ton of money. If you're looking for overnight success you could be better off playing the lottery.

Challenge yourself to write about something that your are passionate about. If your passionate about making money write about your journey in pursuit of the money tree. Chasing after money never has a happy ending, however you gave it shot.

Lovey Howell: Are You A Slothful Writer?

A film screenshot showing Natalie Schafer as Lovey Howell, the millionaire's wife from Gilligan's Island
A film screenshot showing Natalie Schafer as Lovey Howell, the millionaire's wife from Gilligan's Island

Deadly Sin # 5 Slouthfulness

Are you a lazy writer? For instance you may start your article or essay off strong, however towards the end you get tired, and just write whatever ending you want, as long as it's short. Lazy writers also seem to complain often- about writing.

Mr. Howell's wife who was referred to by her husband as Lovey, she rarely lifted a finger to do anything on the island.

There are many writers who do the same thing. They write to get by, yet they lack a love for the art of expression.

Some lazy writers are too sluggish to write their own content. So they surf the web copying and pasting articles that belong to other writers, who took the time out to research their work. This is not suitable behavior and could end up ruining your chances as a respected author.

Positive: Most lazy writers are unmotivated, challenge yourself to write about topics that grab your attention.

The Skipper: Are You A Angry & Gluttonous Writer?

Photo of Alan Hale, Jr. as the Skipper from the television program Gilligan's Island.
Photo of Alan Hale, Jr. as the Skipper from the television program Gilligan's Island. | Source

A Very Angry Skipper

Deadly Sin # 6 & 7

According to Les Rogers The Skipper Represented Anger and Gluttony. Some writers can become bitter if they don't feel that their work is validated among the public. Anger can lead to gluttony, if you are an emotional eater, you may sit at your computer munching on chips while sulking in your anger.

Positive: Anger is a useless form of energy that will eat up your time and talent. Search for positive ways to move forward. challenge yourself to move on, take long walks, join the gym, Invest your time in goals that showcases your positive light.

Last There Is Gilligan, In Which Les Rogers Refers To As Satan

Gilligan's Island Poster Movie B 11x17 Bob Denver Alan Hale Jr. Jim Backus Natalie Schafer
Gilligan's Island Poster Movie B 11x17 Bob Denver Alan Hale Jr. Jim Backus Natalie Schafer

Gilligan's Island Character Trait Writing Poll?

Which Gilligan Island Character Trait Do You Feel That You Represent As A Writer?

  • Mary Ann
  • Ginger
  • The Professor
  • Mr. Howell
  • Mrs. Howell
  • The Skipper
  • Gilligan
  • All Of The Above
See results without voting

I Don't Think Gilligan Represents Satan

Even though Gilligan wore a red shirt, and kept disrupting the castaways attempts to get off the island, doesn't mean that he represents the evil one.

Personally, I view Gilligan as the humorous goofy writer. Perhaps a writer that is still trying to sharpen their skills, may not showcase the best writing techniques, however they are open to learning and they provide lighthearted articles. I consider myself to carry many traits of a Gilligan writer.

Positive: It's easy to determine what needs to be worked on as a writer when you don't take yourself or those around you too serious. Life is about learning from your mistakes and passing on your wisdom to others in the process.

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flyfishmaine 2 years ago from Presque Isle, Maine

Very interesting with some amusing comparisons. Enjoyed it.


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swilliams 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Thanks for stopping by flyfishmaine! I'm glad you found the article amusing!


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

What fun! I'd be the professor any day... ;-)


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swilliams 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Thanks for stopping by DrBill-WmL-Smith! I love your honesty! I'm too silly to be the professor, but...I hope that i'm not Gilligan. :-( Thanks for your feedback!

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