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July 12th, 2011


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07:38 pm - 30 Days of Fan Fiction Meme, Day Six
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

I don't think I have a preference either way. In fic, I write more male characters than female ones, but I'm fairly sure that's a function of my attraction to buddy shows (there are very few really good female buddy shows, depressingly), and the general number of interesting male characters in genre fiction.

(In original writing, on the other hand, I'm now noticing a tendency to create a lot of female characters.)

I do have a hard time sympathizing with really "girly" female characters--fashion holds little interest for me, and I'm not a romance writer. (When I've written women interacting, those scenes often end up an involuntary Bechdel pass.) What makes me interested in characters is deeper than clothes or romance--what they care about, what drives them, how they react to stress, how they love and hate and create. Which is utterly gender-neutral, for me.


7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

29 – What is your current project or projects?

30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

(12 lit candles | Light a candle)

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From:ladymercury_10
Date:July 13th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
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So much yes to your last paragraph! While romance can be interesting, what really makes a character interesting is who he or she is. Now if only TV would understand this.
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 13th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
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Darn right. (One reason I love White Collar, actually *g*)
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:July 13th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
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Yeah. White Collar is still mostly guys, but the supporting ladies are a lot of fun, and they have such great personalities. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 13th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
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Yes, but Diana is a very strong, detailed woman, and Elizabeth is so kick-ass that the most common pairing for this technically male-buddy-show is an OT3, Peter/Elizabeth/Neal--she is unignorable! :-D (I ship the Burkes without Neal in there, but I understand the impulse from others, hee.)
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:July 13th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
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Yes, I love Diana and Elizabeth! And June and Sara are pretty cool, too. :D
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 13th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
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I adore June. I would love to live in her place (lucky Neal).

And Neal and Sara have more sexual chemistry than almost anyone on any of my shows. O_o Except maybe Peter and Elizabeth.
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:July 13th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
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June would be a fantastic landlady, wouldn't she? :)

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From:aadler
Date:July 13th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
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I’m following with interest all those persons doing this meme. Meanwhile, I suggested a 31st question, and sroni proposed a 32nd:

31 – Which fanfic authors and/or stories have had the most influence on your writing?
32 – Are there any stories you want to write that you’re afraid to tackle? If so, what and why?
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 13th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
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Those are really good additions! I may use them, if that's cool with you. :)
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From:aadler
Date:July 13th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely. That’s why I mentioned them.
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From:yahtzee63
Date:July 13th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
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How curious that romance -- the question of who to love, and how, and what love is -- the foundation of what, for many people, becomes the primary relationship in their life and the genesis of both the families they're born into and someday create -- would ever be considered not a "deep" part of characterization.

Just because it's written badly sometimes doesn't mean it's irrelevant. And I think it involves men equally as often as women.
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 13th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
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*raised eyebrow*

I never said it isn't a part of people and their lives; in fact, I am quite well aware that it is, since I am getting married myself in October. It's been quite a profound experience so far.

But I see it explored so often, in both very intelligent ways and very silly ways (my favorite fictional couple is Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, if that tells you anything), that I usually prefer to look at the rest of what makes people tick--their families of origin, their drives other than sex, their friendships, creativity (other than romance/marriage, which also requires a lot of that!), spirituality, etc.

Sue me for not following the crowd. ;-)

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