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December 21st, 2007

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09:22 am - Fandom Character Meme
Stolen from astrogirl2. (Uh, it's likely that most of the answers won't be up till a day or two from now; I have major work today and then holiday stuff tonight! But it looked like fun, so....)

Pick a fictional character from a fandom I know and I'll answer the following questions to the best of my abilities.

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.

2) Is she/he important to the general plot?

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how do you see yourself interacting with her/him? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc..)

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone who is new to the fandom?

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?

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Date:December 21st, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
The giant squid, of course.
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Date:December 24th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)

The giant squid

1) I’m kind of neutral about the giant squid. I’m always amused when it’s mentioned, but I’m not sure I’d say that I like it.

2) No, although that would have been awesome.

3) Nope.

4) The source canon? I like very much.

5) I do not ‘ship this character, nor have I ever really been interested in its relationships to any other character.

6) No, I think it does what it needs to do. :-)

7) I would probably avoid the squid, myself. Unless I could figure out how to talk to it; it might have some interesting things to say.

8) Not even close; not even the Honorable Mention list.

9) I would be highly unlikely to mention the giant squid to a potential HP convert, mostly because I tend to forget about him unless I’m reading the books, or hanging around [Bad username: lizbee]’s LJ.

10) It’s definitely popular in some sections of the fan base. This is a phenomenon which I have never completely fathomed.

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Date:December 21st, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Sara Sidle, to go with the obvious one.

(I am totally captivated by your Sara in the O.Z. idea, by the way. My brain said, "Well, she did want to get away from it all-- she just hadn't intended to go that far," and started percolating from there. With luck, I'll get to it in January *grin*)
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Date:December 21st, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
(I am totally captivated by your Sara in the O.Z. idea, by the way. My brain said, "Well, she did want to get away from it all-- she just hadn't intended to go that far," and started percolating from there.


I'm finding myself much more partial to this idea, the more I think about it (I was just like "jedibuttercup liked Tin Man, what's really cracky that I could cross it with?" when I commented). So I'm going to be looking forward to seeing what you do with it. I mean, to the point where I may come and bug you about it at some point.)
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Date:December 28th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)

Sara Sidle

1) I like Sara quite a lot, actually. She's a detail-oriented introvert, sensible but passionate (to the point where her emotions can wreck her for work on a case), wears actual working clothes to work (unlike Catherine), is pretty but not a model. I identify with her in several ways, including a tendency to obsess over things we can't change, and an attraction to brilliant older men. *g*

2) Sara's been a member of Grissom's graveyard shift team since the episode after the pilot, so in that sense she's as important to the plot as the rest of the team. As Grissom's on-and-off-again love interest, she holds a more central emotional place than some of the cast. (Now, of course, she's gone from the show--and I do miss her.)

3) I can definitely relate to Sara. The introverted awkwardness in social situations (and romance); the way she has a hard time handling the depth of her anger and frustration; her tendency to obsess over things she can't fix; her smarts (oh come on, I'm not dumb *g*); her crush on Grissom. When she finally opened up about her past to Grissom, I just about broke--I, too, have been in a place where someone's listening ear is the greatest gift in the world.

Am I emotionally gripped by her arc? Absolutely. Ask me how long it took me to stop crying after the episode where she left.

4) I love CSI. A detailed mystery show is right up my alley, and the characters are all geeks. What's not to love?

5) I sort of ship Sara/Grissom, although it's something the show did that I liked and found believable, rather than an flat-out OTP for me.

I'm very interested in Sara's relationship with Greg, because he's clearly still got some kind of crush on her, but their relationship has been more about her mentoring him, and the sort of friendship one gets out of that. In a way, Greg's unrequited love mirrors how Sara felt about Grissom for years, and I've always found that reflection intriguing.

6) Let her get over her issues a little bit more, so she could stay in Vegas and marry Grissom! :-)

7) I think Sara and I would make very good co-workers. We don't have enough in common to be proper friends, I don't think (I'd end up hanging out with Greg and Archie, the real geeky fanboys). But I really doubt we'd clash, and probably we'd enjoy being around each other. Unless religion came up. That could get...interesting.

8) Sara's not up in the Absolute Favorites list, but she's on the next rung down. :-)

9) Depending on who I'm recommending the show to, I might use the Sara/Grissom relationship to point out that, yes, CSI does have continuing character arcs. It's just hard to spot at first. And if I were pitching it to a geek (female or male, though different reasons for each, heh), Sara would definitely be mentioned as an enjoyable character.

10) Apparently you either love or hate Sara Sidle. I've been astonished and repulsed by the amount of Sara-hate going on in the fandom as people found out that Jorja Fox would be leaving the show. Some are absolutely vitriolic about her, which I simply don't understand. Others praise her too highly as a role model; she is a role model, but Sara's also a messed up gal, which is one of the reasons I like her.
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Date:December 21st, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Buffy Summers
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Date:January 8th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Nice choice; Buffy isn't one of my best/worst people. :-)

1) I vacillate between being part of Buffy's cheering squad (she's awesome, and the whole Slayer deal, especially the way she handles it, is fantastic) and wanting to slap her silly. Way too driven by her emotions, useful though that may be at times, and I kinda wish that Xander (and Giles) had been a bit more sharp with her at times. And that she'd had enough humility to listen. Might have saved her a lot of unnecessary pain. (as opposed to the necessary stuff, of which her life is pretty full anyway.)

2) Buffy is the title character, so yeah, absolutely central to the plot.

3) I can relate to Buffy on a couple of levels; mostly the one where she's trying to make her own decisions and be smart, rather than letting everyone else make decisions for her. A lot of the rest of her, not so much. (I'm far more Xander or Tara than I am Buffy.) And yeah, a lot of her arcs did grip me emotionally, especially in seasons 3 and 6 (I'm not fond of season 6, but watching Buffy try to avoid growing up and finally make some good choices at the end was very involving).

4) I watched BtVS mostly for the writing until I saw "Becoming," which made me a fan. But I was never as into this show as some of my other ones; second or third tier in my fanishness, I think.

5) Um. If I 'ship Buffy with anyone it's probably Spike, but that's kind of because I enjoyed where the show took that relationship. That's gotta be one of the most intriguing relationships on the show, romantic or not: a big tangle of hate, love, differing goals, and Spike's sense of the romantic, which is so offbeat. And because of how the relationship plays into Buffy's growing maturity and Spike's acquisition of a soul.

6) I know the whole point is that she's a bit of a ditz and yet she slays vampires; I get the irony there. But I kinda wish she were a bit smarter or less like the "popular girl" stereotype; it would have been easier for me to identify with her.

7) I probably wouldn't get along too well with Buffy. I'd assume she was flippy and not too bright, and that we wouldn't have much in common. I'd get along much better with, say, Willow.

8) Buffy's not a favorite, nor a least favorite. Somewhere in the lukewarm middle, I think.

9) Depends on who I was hyping the show to. I'm sure she'd be mentioned as I talked about the genre-crossing nature of the show and how Buffy is like an archetype flipped on its head; but some people I might warn, too, that they shouldn't look to Buffy as their character to identify with cause it's not gonna happen.

10) I would assume that Buffy's fairly popular with the fanbase, since she does get a lot of fic written about her, but I've never been deeply in the fandom (scary fandom, this) so I'm not sure.
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Date:December 21st, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm... Teal'c!
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Date:December 21st, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Date:December 22nd, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
I was going with thte usual Daniel but decided to be difficult and say Adria instead.
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Date:December 22nd, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Er...reposting because I apparently don't understand this whole "comment" versus "reply to comment" thing:

Jack O'Neill.
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Date:December 22nd, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Darien Fawkes, naturally! ;-D


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