Note the First: Lookit! linaelyn
fixed my icon!
Note the Second: Fact: It is usually warmer inside in Canada in the winter than it is outside in Canada in the summer.
Note the Third: I just got out of the last class I will take until at least fall 2008. I find that deeply terrifying.
Note the Forth: sparowe
is writing angsty House fic
. Go read and offer praise!
Note the Fifth: Dad just sent me Sarah McLachlan's Christmas album, and it has made me happy.
ETA2: Note the Sixth: There's a new(ish) Kavan Smith interview
up over at The SciFi World. Go read and enjoy!
just wrote a post about characterisation
that reminded me of a topic I've been meaning to post on for a while now. Her main point (though you all really should read her rant as she is all articulate and stuff) is that she hates authors sprucing up McKay and making him super competent and smooth in fic. What she loves about him is that he is so utterly awkward in every situation that involves actual real people (and even those that have him talking to imaginary people). He's a dork. That's not going to change. He knows it. He's largely fine with it. Everyone else should be too.
This reminded me of a several things that had been on my mind of late.
1. My ramble from this spring about the problems of having a story with too many Chosen Ones and not enough people to do the actual work (also known as that Cracked Supernatural/The Lord of the Rings Thing
2. That H:TLJ
fic I read wherein the author gave Iolaus some godlike powers, and the point of the fic didn't seem to be How Would Iolaus Feel About That, but more to the effect of Now He's Finally Equal to Hercules YAY!
3. The alarmingly large part of the The Sentinel
fandom that seems to feel that to be counted as a worthy companion to Jim, Blair has to come by some sort of awesome "gift" himself.
I inevitably feel like going for the Herculean approach to diplomacy and throwing up my hands and shouting, "What is wrong
with you people?"
I think it's some sort of Mary Sue thing wherein the author identifies with the "weaker" character and wants to make them outshine everyone so that s/he can bask in vicarious glory.
The problem is that Rodney is fine with being socially inept. So are all of his friends. Blair seems pretty happy the way he is, and Jim has enough trouble with his own abilities without having to deal with a pimped up Blair (that came out horribly wrong, but oh well). Hercules loves Iolaus more because he's mortal and sticks by him anyway (though he wishes his friend would lay off the whole dying thing). Iolaus on his own part turned down
offers of special abilities at least once - and all creators of Sue!Iolaus would do well to watch "The Apple" again to see what their fantasies really look like.
Instead of doing the character of the favour of showing how awesome they are, these authors seem to be insulting them by saying that the simply are not good enough as is and need to be "improved" drastically to be worthy of attention.
I know that is far from the intention of the authors, but by saying that the socially inept dorks are not worthy is alienating a hell of a lot of fandom. Saying that even brilliant and beautiful souls need magical powers to count is alienating pretty much all of the human race.
ETA: This is not an anti-AU rant. I'm all for turning the entire cast of SG-1
into fluffy pink unicorns if that's what floats your boat, but please do it because you want to explore the trials and tribullations of Unicorn Life, not because you feel that fluffy pink unicorns are inherently supperior to humans, and therefore your favourite character deserves to be one.