August 27th, 2011

HP:  Text Ron & Harry "Come Back"

Irene is MASSIVE

It's really strange to have all this hurricane coverage and NOT have it be a threat for us in Florida. It always is! My thoughts with all of you in Irene's path though, I hope it has less of a hit than they're predicting, I know how nerve wracking waiting is. I hope everyone is all right.

I missed a day or two, so doing two questions today.

30 days of fanfic
7 – Have you ever had a story change your opinion of a character?
Yes, both by writing it and by READING one. I've had a good fic give me a new viewpoint of a character. I think my favorites usually STAY my favorites, but writing a story outside of my usual comfort zone can give me an entirely new outlook.

An easy example is Five Women Who Hate Fleur Delacour, which I read ages ago and loved and internalized to the point where I sort of accidentally ripped off her Fleur without realizing I did it when I wrote Inhabits Common Clay.

For writing, I think that writing Map, made me think about Peter more, and work him out more strongly in my head. I don't FORGIVE him, but I have a better understanding of what reasonings might have led to it.

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.
In fandom stories, I usually use mostly fandom characters. I do write original characters in original stories, obviously, and when a story calls for an OC, or an outsider viewpoint, I'll use an OC.

I don't know that I go through any kind of "anti Sue/Stu" checklist, I just try to make them people, and use them to tell a story, not necessarily define it. People who want to read fanfiction, for the most part - including me - want to read about the world and characters we already love, not a new edition, so the additions have to help tell a story that focuses on the canon, or illustrates a new facet of it, for me. They don't take it over and outdo the canon or anything like that, even if they're doing something better than the canon characters.

The most I've used OC's in recent works was in my Jurassic Park yuletide, A Year of Women, which relied pretty heavily on original lady characters. I worked up character sketches for all the original characters and tried to imply a little more about who they were beyond the scope of their sections. I'm not sure how well I succeeded in all cases, but I was fond of how it came out.

The only other OC I worked with in a fandom story that I can think of offhand was in my SPN remix, Narandam (The Silver Street Remix). In that one the OC had been established by the original, but I chose to flesh her out and use her more as a focus. I tried to sort of USE a stereotype while at the same time illustrating that wasn't all she was. Again, I can't say how well it worked, but I did feel like she seemed a real person by the end.

I tend to get irritated with how easily we throw around the term "Sue" anyway, because we're very quick to label ladies with the title, and it seems a lot like unnecessary hate, after a while, but that's a whole different issue.

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