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June 16th, 2006


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01:08 pm - Fandom opinion meme
Snagged from everybody and their LJ-cousin, because I like stating my thoughts as much as anyone. :-)

How this works:
1. Ask me one fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Ask anything...I'm really not bothered.
2. ONE DAMN QUESTION.-- Nah, you can ask more than one, but I might or might not answer it.
3. That's it. It can be as normal or odd as you like.


[Warning: if you ask me about something that falls under my squicks, you'll probably get a rant, because this is an opinion meme and not a "reasonable discussion" moment. Hee. ]
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From:jd3000
Date:June 16th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Okay.

What exactly, differentiates a Star Wars name? I mean, you can combine all manner of syllables, but for some reason, the EU novels, games, etc, all have these names that sound perfectly fitting within the established universe, yet there's no actual scheme, except for ethnicities like Tatooinese names.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 16th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh goodness. Well...thinking it over, all I can come up with is that most names are close to our human equivalents (or identical, like Luke, Mara, or Anakin) but not quite. Luke is familiar, but Skywalker, not so much. Han might even sound quite human, but combined with Solo, not so much. In fact, semi-familiar first names combined with noun/adjective surnames account for some of the more popular combinations (Mara Jade, Biggs Darklighter). Also, naming apart from the ethnicities we associate them with on our Earth.

*shrug* Did I come up with decent names in that pre-TPM fic I wrote? You read that, I believe. I remember choosing names that *sounded* right, and that's all I remember about naming my OCs.
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From:jd3000
Date:June 16th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
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all I can come up with is that most names are close to our human equivalents (or identical, like Luke, Mara, or Anakin) but not quite.

On further rumination, I think this is exactly right. :-) Take any name from any ethnicity on Earth, break it down, rearrange it just a little, perfect SW name.

On the SW RPG running now, my characters are Pacer Zaine and Jaane Cosa. It's not really hard to come up with authentic-sounding SW names. :-D

-JD
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 17th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)

Completely random

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The formula for creating a Jedi name goes something like this:

The first 3 letters of your first name + the first 2 letters of your last name. This is your first Jedi name.

The first 2 letters of your mother's maiden name combined with the first 3 letters of the city where you were born. This is your second Jedi name.

The name of your most recent prescription drug is your home planet.

I have a sibling whose Jedi name is Chr-Kl McSpr. I've been told that having no vowels in his name obviously makes him a Welsh Jedi. And with the McSpr comes the distinction of being a Jedi whose robe includes a tartan.

As you were.

V.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 17th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)

Re: Completely random

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Hmmm. Sarpe MoNew. Hmm. That's actually not bad. :-)

Chr-Kl McSpr, indeed. *snerk* Welsh Jedi. You are feeling random tonight, aren't you?

[psst. i'm starting to pack for the trip. a tad early. yay!]
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From:mistraltoes
Date:June 16th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Hm. If you could change one plot-point in any fandom, what would it be?
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 16th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear. On the one hand, I usually go with the flow of plot changes--on the other, I can think of more than one.

Okay. The one than offended me most by itself, and that I wish would have been avoided: the death (almost by accident--certainly not in battle, as it should have been for her) of Jadzia from Deep Space Nine. I was furious.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:June 17th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
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Ha. Not what I expected at all; I didn't realize you were a DS9 fan.

And I have another question, if you're up for more: describe the ideal girl for Don. Or Charlie. No, Don. No... how about both?
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 17th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
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I'll answer that ideal girl question later (I actually have given it quite a lot of thought, re: Don, anyway), but yeah, I was raised on TNG, and liked DS9 even better. I don't 'ship much, as a rule, but there are canon 'ships I've gotten attached to, and Worf/Jadzia was one of those (plus Jadzia was just all kinds of cool and I totally wanted to be a Trill).

Most of my fandoms, I don't really have a plot-point-to-change. I tend to develop my own explanations why things happened, rather than simply say that the creators of the show were OMGWRONG. Here are a few I did consider, though (just for completion's sake):

Buffy: Willow/Oz--the 'ship that should have been forever (and I say this as a character fan of Tara)

ReBoot: Having Enzo and AndrAIa grow up fast during the game hopping was an incredibly bad idea. I loved little Enzo to death, but as bitter, emo Matrix, I couldn't stand him. *sigh*

Babylon 5: Season 5 was going to be something of a trainwreck anyway, but writing out Susan Ivonova and bringing in a new female commander...I'm sorry. No reason for us to emotionally invest. I've totally forgotten the majority of that season--and if Susan had still been running the station, I tell you I'd remember much better.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 20th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
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And I have another question, if you're up for more: describe the ideal girl for Don. Or Charlie. No, Don. No... how about both?

Okay. I'm gonna give this a try--and would welcome any additions from you. Sorry this took so long, I kind of spaced this question over the weekend.

The Ideal Girl for Don Eppes:

--Beautiful and brunette (okay, shallow, and Don has dated blondes, but he seems to like brunettes, such as Robin and Kim-the-ex-fiance)

--Don's job and his obsession makes it hard for him to do long-term relationships. I think to have a chance at it, the woman would need to be one of two things: either 1) she works in a job similar enough to Don's that she can listen and understand when he needs to come home and say, "I saw a decapitated kid today, how was yours?" or 2) she has a personality that bounces back from anything, someone whom life can't get down for more than a few hours at a time, someone to balance out Don's penchant for angst.

--She would need to be someone who can cope with being not only the wife of a man in law enforcement, but with being the mother of his children--sharing all his fears for them, and being able to pick up the slack when he has to work long hours, or if he should ever die in the line of duty. Don would need that reassurance.

--Someone steadfast, who would never give up on him.

--Someone passionate, not only in romance but in all areas of life.

--Someone intelligent, but not a genius; who respects Don's mind as well as having her own.

The Ideal Girl for Charlie Eppes:

--I have no idea if the boy has a physical "type," so I'm just going to leave that alone. :-)

--She'll need to be very intelligent, probably a geek or an academic of some kind. Bright enough in mathematics to at least be able to follow his work to a certain extent, even if it's not her field and she doesn't fully understand it. (I think Charlie was an idiot to think that it was a bad sign, that he and Amita wound up talking math on their first date. Whatever. Geek love is where it's at; listen to Larry, Charlie.)

--Charlie doesn't like change, and I think he would need someone who is not only passionate, but also very loyal and stable, someone who holds the same strong feelings about commitment and family that he does.

--Someone who adores his family home as much as he does. :-)

--And last but not least, someone who can make Charlie listen when he's being all ego and no perception; someone who can metaphorically smack him upside the head and get him to see another point of view. (Hey, if she had that quality, she and Alan would probably get along great.)

Well, that's it for now. What d'you think?
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From:lizamanynames
Date:June 16th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Has there ever been a time you felt your religion conflict with your fandom?
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 16th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Now *that's* an interesting question.

By "fandom," do you mean the source itself (the TV show, the novel, whatever), or do you mean the group of fen with which I enjoy, discuss, and dissect the source? Cause those are seriously two different questions--though I could talk about either, or both. :-)
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From:lizamanynames
Date:June 16th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
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The answer to that question is "yes" or perhaps "both please". :D
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 17th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
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Okay, let me give this a try.

Where "fandom" means the source material, sure, I've questioned fandoms that conflict with my Christian beliefs. Mostly, that hasn't been a huge problem; my fandoms are generally sci-fi/fantasy or close to it, and a lot can happen within those boundaries and still be acceptable to me as story.

A couple of examples: I am very careful to whom I recommend Buffy. If I think someone is too weak to handle the ideas of occult magic (Buffy handles that much closer to actual Wiccan/other magic practice than most fantasy) without being sucked into it, I won't recommend the show to them. Or, frankly, if I think it'll offend the person's morals more than it will help them see redemption, etc, in a new light. If I think the person is strong enough, I'll recommended it (possibly with a warning, just so they know what they'll be watching).

I use that caution because it took me a while to be convinced into watching the show, and though it's brilliant, incredibly written, and full of all kinds of truth, I'm not sure that caution was wrong.

And there have certainly been discussions among Christian fans of The Sentinel regarding Jim and Blair's "spirit guides." For me, it's not connected strongly enough to the supernatural in canon to weird me out (Blair, at one point, describes Jim's spirit jaguar in purely psychological terms); though there is fanfic that wants to play in that dimension. I don't read too much of that, but on occasion, I will.

Regarding "fandom" as the community with which I discuss/process/enjoy the source material: Yeah, sure. There are plenty of communities that I avoid altogether, and types of discussion that I neither join nor encourage. Some of this is purely my taste, of course, and has little to do with my faith (my slash squick, for instance, has less to do with moral feeling and a lot more to do with my personal and social regard for platonic friendship and my rejection of a culture that wants to equate "love" with "sex"). But I try not to get involved in flame wars or anything of that sort, because we are called to be peacemakers; and again, there are things I believe it's morally and spirtually wrong to encourage (there are strong feelings of moral responsibility backing my anti-incest, anti-non-con, anti-gratuitous violence, etc squicks).

Um. I have a feeling that's not quite as clear as it could be, but it's midnight and I'm getting sleepy. If you require clarification, ask away. :-) I'll be posting again tomorrow!
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From:lizamanynames
Date:June 17th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
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*nods* Very very interesting! I never thought of Buffy that way...

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