June 1st, 2007
|03:26 pm - When real life geography meets fandom facts....|
...it can be really, really annoying.
So, back at the end of "Art of Reckoning," Larry goes off to be quiet and do a lot of thinking and self-exploration. At a monastery, of all places. He says it's in "Altadena," which is an area just north of Pasadena, where the Eppes' house is. He also adds that it's only about ten minutes away, which would be about right if the Eppes live in South Pasadena (as most fen agree they do).
So I decided that there probably was a monastery in Altadena, given that it's mentioned so directly. There are several monasteries, convents, and even an Abbey in or around Los Angeles (Long Beach, San Bernardino, ect). Not just Christian ones; there are Buddhist retreats as well, and Larry doesn't specify the religion of the place he's going.
Unfortunately, all my map searches and Google are only turning up locations outside of Pasadena/Altadena. There are 3 convents nearby, but I doubt communities of women are going to allow male strangers to be guests. Hmph.
I guess I'm going to have to make one up. Fine. I'll put it way up in Altadena, on the side of the Arroyo so they get a pretty view. So there.
(Nick, Cheryl, production team--would it have killed you to reference an actual real life location?
Current Mood: annoyed
You must, of course, call your fictious monastary St. Sebastian's. Stain glass restoration a plus. ;-)
I guess that'd be okay, since this story and my xover are technically different "universes."
Oooooh . . . time for the inclusion of an inside homage. :-)
You could have them be in the same universe. It's all part of the Order of St. Sebastian (I have no idea if there is such a thing or not in RL), and, oh, let's say . . . Brother Marcus, maybe, or even Brother Jeremy is visiting the branch of the Order located in Altadena. That is, if you need to mention one of the monks by name.
It's more of an homage than an actual x-over. Rather like my villain named Harold Frank Rachins. If any of my readers noticed it, no one has said anything. Marie Sioux has also made it past their radar.
Well, it wouldn't have made it past the censors.
TV programs are not allowed to use a name of a person who lives in a community where the program is set. On St. Elsewhere, one character had several name changes because of this reason. I would not be surprised if the same thing applied to businesses, churches, etc.
A monastic community by definition is a community of people renouncing the world. I doubt that having their name on a network TV show is conducive to that mentality.
Well, I didn't necessarily mean use the name of the monetary on the actual show. It's just a little bit sad that, out of all the areas in LA which *do* contain monastic communities, they had to pick one of the few that doesn't. :-)
Well, there used to be a monastery in Altadena, but they converted it into a middle school.
I admit I'm amused. I'd rather use fictional locations, because you can't get them wrong. :)
Heh. Well, if there *are* actual counterparts in the Real World, I get a kick out of using them. Especially since the Eppes live in my city. ;-)