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September 18th, 2006


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02:24 pm - Character Love Meme
Totally stolen from jedibuttercup:

Name a character, and I will tell you in no less than 100 words why I love that character.

Fandoms you may question me on are: Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI (Vegas), Firefly/Serenity, Harry Potter, The Invisible Man, The Lord of the Rings, Numb3rs, ReBoot, Star Trek (DS9), Stargate SG-1, The Sentinel

Of course, you could also ask about any of the other fandoms I've written for or admitted to watching, but I can't guarantee being able to come up with a love-paragraph about any given main character for every one of them. :-)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 19th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
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I think I became more enamoured of Book!Faramir because he got such short shrift in the movies. The underdog reaction.
Mind you, it isn't always that way around -- I think I like Movie!Aragorn more than Book!Aragorn. Probably because he has more overt angst. 8-)
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From:jedibuttercup
Date:September 19th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
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I think I watched the movies about three times through before I realized just how very different all the characters are from their book editions, not just Faramir. All of them are skewed in some way. The genius of the adaption, IMHO, is that all of them are skewed in the same way: a very recognizable LOTR-verse just slightly off true, which manages to be much angstier and condensed than the books are but basically tells the same tale. I think the root is a stronger Ring; Faramir gets the shortest shrift because of it, but it affects a lot of the characters. Including, arguably, the elves and by extension Aragorn's upbringing; if I squint, I can imagine it accounting for Elrond's distinct lack of "kind as summer" in the movie, via Vilya.

Errr, yeah. That is to say, I agree? =)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 19th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
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a very recognizable LOTR-verse just slightly off true, which manages to be much angstier and condensed than the books are but basically tells the same tale. I think the root is a stronger Ring

Ah, yes. I agree, the Ring in the movies was definitely stronger and more able to influence others, and that certainly affected the portrayal of the characters, but I hadn't really considered that that made it like a sort of LOTR-AU with the "what-if" of "what if the Ring was more powerfully able to influence people?" But that idea kind of makes me feel a bit kinder towards Peter Jackson -- it's as if he's writing LOTR-AU fanfic.

Mind you, I still grizzled about Faramir, because I felt as if he was made to succumb so easily because if he hadn't then Aragorn wouldn't have looked so wonderful by comparison. (grrr) Though I think Aragorn looked wonderful enough. (drool)

But I think the character who came off worst wasn't Faramir, but Denathor. He was stripped of all his wisdom and nobility, and was left with nothing but gross madness. 8-(
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From:jedibuttercup
Date:September 19th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
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*wince* I hadn't thought to mention Denethor, since he didn't ever directly come into contact with the Ring. Yeah, none of the Hurins really came off that well in the movies. Even an accurate Boromir is hard to find in the general fanfic archives; the fans who don't demonize him have a tendency to overreact in the other direction and woobify him with lots of puppyish scenes with his brother or the Rohirrim. Well-written Denethor stories are even more difficult to turn up; you'd think Faramir spent his whole childhood with a bloody back, and that the only reason Finduilas married Denethor was because her father sold her to him, the way a lot of fic-writers carry on.

I guess hand-in-hand with a stronger Ring, in movie-AU, came a stronger influence on Denethor through the palantirs?

... I wonder if something to do with the palantirs might somehow explain, in the context of the AU, Saruman's much-too-early death...?

Okay, now I'm thinking about this too much. =)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 19th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
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I guess hand-in-hand with a stronger Ring, in movie-AU, came a stronger influence on Denethor through the palantirs?

Naw, it was just badly done.

They should have got Mel Gibson to play Denethor. He, at least, does crazed-and-dangerous very well. 8-P
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Mel? *blinks* I see your point about his ability to play such a character, but that would just have been spectacularly weird to me.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 19th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I agree that it would have been spectacularly wierd, I would have been doing double-takes along with the rest of you, but after doing all those double-takes at Hugo Weaving playing Elrond, and then finding that he actually did it well, I think that Mel could probably be just as convincing as Hugo was.

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