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Now that I am back home and sort of mostly caught up with my life, a meme.

Give me a show/movie/fandom and I'll tell you:

my favourite female character
my favourite male character
my favourite book/season/etc
my favourite episode (if it's a tv show)
my favourite cast member
my favourite relationship
a character I'd die defending
a character I just can't sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp
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Another response to my 'shipping meme from the other day.

This time Londo/Timov. )

And because I was thinking of doing it anyway and [personal profile] amatara already nominated G'Kar, a character meme as well. Give me a character, and I will tell you:

1. Do you love/hate/don’t feel strongly about this character?
2. What’s your favorite trait of this character?
3. What’s your favorite moment/event involving this character?
4. If you could have one power/attribute/etc. of this character, what would it be?
5. Have you ever pictured this character naked?
6. When did you fall in love/hate with this character? I you don’t have any strong feelings toward them, why not?
7. Who’s your OTP for this character, if any?

Answers about G'Kar below the cut. )
andraste: Reflections. (G'Kar and Londo)
For [personal profile] selenak because this got far too long to be a comment.

who cooks normally?


Oh, you mean it has to be one of them? G'Kar, obviously. Because I cannot imagine Londo has ever had reason to learn, and he could probably burn water. G'Kar, on the other hand, seems to like cooking. I think Londo would really prefer it if Vir did it, given what Narn food is like.

how often do they fight?

Ahahaha. I think a better question would be 'how many conversation do they manage to have that aren't fights?' And they wouldn't have it any other way.

what do they do when they’re away from each other?

Well, Londo becomes Emperor and is miserable for a couple of decades. G'Kar roams the universe and is happy but has to appear in Legend of the Rangers. Clearly they are better off together.

This is also too long for a post. Rest of the questions below the cut. )
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Stolen from [personal profile] deborah_judge and [personal profile] selenak:

Name a fictional character and I'll tell you three reasons I wouldn't want to date them.

In some cases, I could probably come up with three hundred reasons *g*.
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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?

In my opinion, fanon is the icing and canon is the cake. Cake without icing is edible, but lacks finishing touches. On the other hand, serving up a pile of icing with no cake underneath is just silly.

There are plenty of bits of fanon I like, and some I've made up myself and use over and over. I find fanon most useful when it fills in details that the canon is never going to cover - it's not like we were ever going to get Word Of God on what the Centauri call their tentacles, so when I needed to put that in a story I consulted Selena for ideas and made something up. (This? Is my most enduringly popular bit of fanon. Which I find hilarious.) Fanon that contradicts my view of canon annoys me, especially when it becomes all-pervasive, but I don't see it as harmful in and of itself.

I don't think I've ever changed my mind about the source material because of writing fanfic, but I've certainly written fanfic because of changing my mind about the source material.

The rest of the questions ... )
andraste: Cooking. With Superman. (Cooking With Superman)
... despite being behind on my other meme.

Give me a pairing and I will tell you:

1. What they most commonly do during sex
2. Who has prettier hair
3. What they argue about most often
4. Who'd cope best if the other one died
5. The happiest plausible happily-ever-after I can think of for them.

Obviously you will get better answers if I'm familiar with the pairing in question.
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12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No, I have not.

... well, that wasn't a very interesting answer *g*. So, I suppose I should add that there's one I'd like to write one day: the Transformes version of Casablanca.

Well, sort of. The plot isn't quite the same, since is post-war. Ultra Magnus got disillusioned with the Autobot cause after the Great War ended and Optimus Prime was killed (again) and is now running a bar on an out-of-the-way asteroid. One day, Cyclonus walks into it. (You get three guesses about whether Galvatron is really dead or not. The first two don't count.)

The rest of the questions ... )
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11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Is 'two people sit in a room having a conversation' a genre? Because if it is, that is by far my favourite one *g*. Fandom uses the word 'genre' in many ways, so I'm not sure if this is talking about fannish genres (het, slash, gen, angst, etc.) or non-fannish genres like 'comedy' and 'romance'.

Since - humor aside - most of my stories don't fit comfortably into any non-fannish genres, maybe I'll answer the first question instead. According to my stats on, I have posted ninety-nine gen stories, thirty-four slash stories and twenty het stories. There are also five that fall into more than one of those categories, two that I filed under other, and one femslash drabble. (It was a Chrstimas present for a friend.) So, unsurprisingly almost two-thirds of what I've written is gen, with the rest unevenly divided between different types of 'ships. Sometimes I write angst, occasionally I write PWP, and sometimes I write comedy. I have a fondness for alternative universes and I love crossovers.

The rest of the questions ... )
andraste: Why, yes, this is my tentacle sex icon ... (Shiny Objects)
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.

Sometimes I write OCs. Since none of them have had super powers, violet eyes or romances with the canon characters I don't really lie awake at night worrying that they're Mary Sues. Most of the time my OCs have been purely functional inventions - I needed Larrell to have a new captain after Crais left, so I made one up. More rarely, I've written stories where the original character was the star. I wrote an Astro City story like that years ago, and one X-Men common people story. (There was a whole tradition in the Old Skool X-Men fandom that centered around OTL and CFAN of writing stories about mutants who were ordinary people rather than superheroes.)

I've also written a couple of stories about characters we know exist in canon but have never seen - one about Crais's mother and one about Vir meeting Londo's first wife. They're not technically inventions of mine since Crais must logically have a mother and we know Londo had a wife before the three we encounter in canon, but their characterization is all me.

My main feeling on OCs is that they should serve the story being told. I read fanfiction because I want to hear more about the canon characters and the world they live in, and if introducing an original character advances that goal then I'm all in favour of them. My main problem with Mary Sue in fanfiction isn't actually the super powers, the violet eyes and the romances, it's that she tends to take attention away from the elements that I find interesting.

The rest of the questions ... )
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5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

This doesn't usually happen to me. (Not with fanfiction, anyway - when I write original fiction, I frequently have character who were meant to be minor demand centre stage.) Normally when I have a fic idea I know exactly who's going to be in it, although sometimes I bring in more characters if the story turns out to need them.

The rest of the questions ... )
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4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Oh, boy, yes. *points wordlessly at icon*

As for how Charles Xavier became my One True (Fictional) Love, that's a bit of a long story.

I started watching X-Men: The Animated Series around 1993, and the first episode I saw was Deadly Reunions. I can actually tell you that my first thoughts on my future beloved were "who's that guy telepathically tormenting the hottie in the red and purple outfit? And why is he wearing that awful green suit?" So, you know, not exactly love at first sight *g*.

If you'd asked me who my favourite mutant was in those early days, I'd have told you it was Magneto, and it would have been true. He won me over in minutes with his sexy voice acting and his tortured past. But Charles had my interest, too, and by the time they were running around the Savage Land fighting dinosaurs together, I'd started to wonder about what made him tick. (This was also around the time I invented slash fiction all by myself.) The Dark Phoenix Saga made me even more interested.

A few years passed, and I had a geeky friend who was able to lend me some comic books - including a reprint of Uncanny X-Men #12, which is Charles' origin story. And I think by then I was already hooked. When I went on a work experience trip to Melbourne in 1996, I went to Minotaur and bought everything in the back issue bin or on the racks that had Charles Xavier on the cover, and then I knew it was love. (This was around the time of Onslaught, so at least he was on the covers sometimes. Even if the story as a whole wasn't very good, it had plenty of interesting stuff in it for a budding Xavier fangirl.) By them time I actually discovered the internet in 1997, I was disappointed to find out that there was almost no fanfiction about him. (Thank goodness for Alara Rogers, or I might have wandered off into some other fandom, feeling sad.)

I think that covers the how, but it doesn't cover the why. As for that, well, there are a lot of reasons. Like all kinds of love, it accumulates over time. Because he genuinely wants to make the world a better place. Because he's Lawful Good for values of 'lawful' and 'good' that other people find extremely confusing. Because he'll forgive his enemies and open his door to anyone. (Because he's genuinely that compassionate, and also because turning away a potentially useful tool would be unwise.) Because he always has at least three reasons for doing anything. Because he wants to be a teacher, not a general, no matter how much he keeps screwing that up. Because he believes killing people never fixed anything. Because of the time he gave Wolverine demerits. And more recently: because Patrick Stewart. (And James McAvoy, who does not have the voice but has the right colour eyes. So I can find it in my heart to love that version, too.)

For the past month, I've been back writing bits and pieces of X-Men stories. It's like he's never been out of my head.

The rest of the questions ... )
andraste: Crais (Bialar Crais)
3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

I don't think anyone is interested in me listing my favourite characters for all forty of those fandoms, are they? So let's just stick with my top ten.

X-Men: Almost every X-Men story I've written (the exceptions are some drabbles, a 'common people' comicverse story and a remix) has Charles Xavier in it. He's not just my favourite X-Men character to write, but my favourite fictional person full stop. I've also written a lot of Magneto.

Farscape: This is an unusual one for me, in that instead of just sticking with my favourites I've written most of the characters at some point. The Farscape Friday drabble community encouraged me to stretch myself during the time I was most actively writing it. My clear favourites to write are Crais, Scorpius and Zhaan, but I had a lot of fun writing Harvey and Braca, not to mention Talyn and Sikozu. I have more favourite characters in Farscape than any other fandom.

Babylon 5: I am all about the Centauri and the Narn in this fandom, and Londo and G'Kar talking to each other is one of my favourite things to write in the whole world. (They may or may not be having tentacle sex at the same time.) I've also written lots of Vir, and I think I've doubled the number of Na'Toth stories on the web single-handedly. I enjoyed writing Bester, although I've only done so once thus far. Some day I must write something about Kosh, but Vorlons are difficult.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I am all about Giles and Ethan and also the Trio, especially Andrew Wells. Some day I will write a story that has Giles and Andrew interacting, even.

Doctor Who: I think this is the only fandom where I don't really have a set of favourite characters. Or, rather, I have so many of them it's a meaningless list. I mean, I love all of the Doctor, and I have more than a dozen favourite companions and also the Master. What I enjoy most is having all of that available to play with, so I love writing stories that cross eras and have characters who never met in canon interacting.

due South: I am a Vecchio girl all the way in this fandom. Not that I don't love Fraser and intead Kowalski, I just can't see myself writing anything longer than a ficlet that doesn't have RayV in it.

Alias: First Generation Spies 4 Eva! Jack, Sloane and Irina are my equal favourites.

The Authority: I love the Doctor, and by the Doctor I mean Jeroen, not whoever they replaced him with. *sadface*

Transformers: I am a predictable Starscream fangirl, and almost everything I've ever written or planned to write in this fandom has him in it. I'm very attached to Megatron, too, though, and one of these days I need to write more about Soundwave and Galvatron and Cyclonus.

Blake's 7: Blake and Avon are my characters of choice here. I may love Blake slightly more, I think, but they're both fun to write. The reason I've never written more in this fandom is that there's so much fic about those two already, it seems unnecessary for me to add any.

The rest of the questions ... )
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2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

I think I'm just going to copy-paste my AO3 stats here.

Farscape (31)
X-Men (Comicverse) (25)
Babylon 5 (21)
X-Men (Movies) (16)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (8)
Doctor Who (6)
due South (5)
Alias (5)
The Authority (4)
Transformers Generation One (4)
Blake's 7 (4)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (3)
Red Dwarf (3)
The Sandman (3)
Ultraviolet (TV) (2)
Heroes (2)
Arthurian Mythology (2)
Trigun (2)
X-Men (Ultimateverse) (2)
Tintin (1)
Lucifer (Comic) (1)
X-Men: The Animated Series (1)
American Gothic (1)
Lord of the Rings (1)
Planetary - Warren Ellis (1)
Bubblegum Crisis Toyko 2040 (1)
The Matrix (1)
Gyakuten Saiban | Ace Attorney (1)
Astro City (1)
Blood Ties (1)
Star Wars Original Trilogy (1)
Books of Magic (1)
Transformers Animated (1)
Crusade (1)
Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (1)
Elvis Cole - Robert Crais (1)
DCU Animated (1)
Watchmen (comic) (1)
Fantastic Four (Ultimateverse) (1)
Battlestar Galactica (2003) (1)

Quite a few of those one-off fandoms are accounted for by drabbles/ficlets/crossovers. It's probably worth noting that if you combine all the X-Men universes together, I've written a total of forty-one stories about mutants, making it the clear winner. As for whether I still write in these fandoms, well, I haven't posted must of anything for a while now. I never really leave fandoms, though, and if I've written something more than once or twice there's a good chance I have other ideas I'd like to get around to. I definitely have more X-Men, Babylon 5, Transformers and Doctor Who stories in me.

The rest of the questions ... )
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Well, hey, why not? (Not that I've posted anything in ages. I am writing First Class fanfic, but it keeps developing a plot. And inconsiderate customers keep ringing me up in the middle of sentences.)

1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

My first fanfic was X-Men comicverse, posted back in 2000. I discovered fanfiction within weeks of getting online in 1997. I don't actually remember whether I found X-Files or X-Men fanfic first. Somewhere in between looking through episode guides and newsgroups, I discovered that some people wrote down their stories about TV and comic book characters instead of just telling them to themselves in their heads. This was obviously the BEST IDEA EVA.

One way another, X-Files fandom failed to hold my interest, but X-Men comics drew me in more and more. Soon I was lurking on OTL and CFAN's message boards and trying to write stories of my own. I spent three years doing that before I actually posted something, which puts the more recent droughts into perspective. The reason for why that fandom and not any of the others probably boils down to the guy in the icon *g*. It was also a lot easier in those days for me to catch up on comics than it was to catch up on television - I'd barely heard of DVDs and I didn't have easy access to a VCR at university. (Avoiding the common room was my other hobby.) On the other hand, I could go to Minotaur and Comics 'R Us and buy piles and piles of X-Men back issues for relatively little money.

The rest of the questions ... )
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When I see 'kickass', I think 'kicking arse and taking names'. (To give that part of anatomy its proper British/Australian spelling *g*.) So this is a list of female characters who are awesome and who might also literally kick you.

1) Leela

Whenever someone complains about Amy Pond's short skirts, I think of Leela's leathers and roll my eyes. As with Amy, the potentially exploitative nature of Leela's outfits did not stop her being a great character. While she wasn't the first action girl in Doctor Who - we can't forget Sara Kingdom or Jo Grant's spy skillz - her warrior upbringing and willingness to kill provided an interesting philosophical contrast with the Doctor. Her childlike sense of wonder gave her more depth than many companions got to have, and it was always interesting to watch her learn about the universe. Honourable mention: to Ace, for killing Daleks and Cybermen.

2) Ororo Munroe

I'll always be grateful to Chris Claremont's obsession with powerful female characters. Not only did it give us a vastly upgraded Jean Grey and the introduction of Mystique, it provided us with Storm. My favourite X-woman channels both the strength and wildness of a hurricane and the serenity at its centre.

3) Irina Derevko

There are a lot of arse-kicking women in Alias, and most of them are related to Irina Derevko. A Russian agent turned freelance who has grown from action girl to action woman and spymaster. Irina Derevko is indeed The Man.

4) Helena Bertinelli

The DC universe is not short on women who kick arse, but I love Helena because she can be a great anti-heroine, and there are never enough of those. Huntress walks the line between superheroine and costumed vigilante, and you do not want to get on the wrong side of that crossbow.

5) Olivia Dunham

Superpowered FBI agent and leading lady of Fringe, she also looks great in a fedora. Don't make her shoot you.

(Prompt from [community profile] fannish5.)
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Day 24 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy

I really should be in bed (somehow I have once again messed up my sleep patterns and turned myself nocturnal) so let's have something lazy: my top twenty-five Doctor Who stories of all time, any any medium.

1. City of Death
2. The Caves of Androzani
3. The Empty Child
4. Inferno
5. Spare Parts
6. The War Games
7. The One Doctor
8. The Robots of Death
9. Loups-Garoux
10. Ghost Light
11. The Talons of Weng-Chiang
12. Marco Polo
13. The Holy Terror
14. The Power of the Daleks
15. Alien Bodies
16. The Curse of Fenric
17. Genesis of the Daleks
18. Punchline
19. Midnight
20. Davros
21. The Deadly Assassin
22. Deadline
23. Kinda
24. Continuity Errors
25. Gridlock

Subject to change without notice. (No Eleven yet, but look how long it took Ten to get in. This is a very short list.)

The rest of the days. )
andraste: New New Doctor (Tenth Doctor)
Day 23 – A Who-Related YouTube Video

From an Australian music related gameshow, an unbelievably awesome cover of the theme tune. Turns out the didgeridoo is perfect for it:

Apparently the band have decided to record and release the theme tune after the strong positive response this received.

The rest of the days. )
andraste: From colour stills of 'The Aztecs'. (Barbara as Yetaxa)
Day 22 – A Who-Related Fan-Site

My regular hang-out is Gallifrey Base, successor to the now defunct Outpost Gallifrey. It does not have the best reputation, but I find it quite pleasant as I usually stick to the book, audio and toy forums and stay out of arguments.

The information source I visit most often is The Doctor Who Reference Guide, an astonishing chronological list of just about every story produced in any medium, with summaries for a high percentage of them. Incredibly useful if you're trying to figure out when any adventure occurs in relation to any other! The Wiki is also developing nicely. (No thanks to me; I only ever edit the page about tea and how much sugar the Doctor puts in it.)

The rest of the days. )
andraste: From colour stills of 'The Aztecs'. (Barbara as Yetaxa)
Day 21 – Your Doctor Who OTP

I am not really OTP about the Doctor and most people, even by my very loose standards of the term. Sure, I ship him - with Romana, the Master, Cameca, Reinette, River Song, etc. - but with a single exception I don't think he should spend the rest of his live(s) with anyone. No, my first OTP is ...


There she was, minding her own business in the repair yard, when some idiot who had NO IDEA how to fly her and didn't even acknowledge her sentience at first stole her away from Gallifrey. No wonder she refused to go anywhere he wanted for the first few centuries. And yet, after that unpromising beginning, she's become his truest companion. Over time they've bonded, and no matter how much rough treatment he puts her through or how often she lands him in the worst possible situations, they are true to each other. Everyone else may leave the Doctor eventually, by choice or not, but the TARDIS never will.

But of course not all Doctor Who 'ships involve the Doctor. There are a few others I'm very fond of.

Ian Chesterton/Barbara Wright

Even from the beginning, you can see that there's a spark between Ian and Barbara - if there wasn't, he might not have gone along with her 'let's follow our student home!' plan in the first place. Yet it's during their travels in the TARDIS that they really bond and ultimately find true love. Extended canon holds that they got married after returning to their own era, and I refuse to believe that anything else could have happened. Maybe they told everyone at Coal Hill they eloped and went on a very long honeymoon.

And of course in the modern era we have ...

Amy Pond/Rory Williams

This one has spoilers for Season Five, of course. )

Finally, there's ...

Jack Harkness/Everyone

Because you know he 'ships it, too.

The rest of the days. )
andraste: From colour stills of 'The Aztecs'. (Barbara as Yetaxa)
Day 20 – The Character Who Is Most Like You

I don't know that I'm really brave enough to be a companion, but I do aspire to be Evelyn Smythe when I grow up. I'm sort of on track, and have twenty-five years to get the rest of that PhD by the time I'm her age. (My field of history is Italian rather than English, but never mind.) And I do love the Sixth Doctor and want to feed him cake.

(Since this is a short response, I'm just going to diverge from the subject for a moment and say that, while Mel doesn't annoy me as much as she does some people, her determination to make the Doctor drink carrot juice and ride an exercise bike is stupid. Even assuming there are health risks for Time Lords carrying the odd extra kilo - that's a slightly dubious contention for humans - it's not as though he's going to have time to get diabetes or clogged arteries anyway. In a few years he's going to turn into Sylvester McCoy. Chocolate is not a serious risk for someone who spends his life running away from Daleks, for Rassilon's sake.)

The rest of the days. )


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