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Discussion of Buffy/Spike and rape apology behind the cut.

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[personal profile] odyle and I were have one of our regular talks about shitty wizards recently, and it made me realize the characters I like (and like to write) most aren’t shitty wizards but shitty people. Characters who do bad things with good intentions are so very much my favorite – I like when they’re in headlong bad-decisions spirals, and I like when they’re smacked in the face with self-awareness and try to pull out of the spiral and work towards atonement. That narrative tension is so interesting. It’s why Tony Stark and Marian Hawke (the purple version of her, at least) and even Mara Jade are my favorite POVs. I think it probably even informs the way I write Shepard; I tend to hit the atonement angle really hard with the ruthless/colonist/paragon combination.

That Shepard (as I write her) qualifies as a shitty person isn’t immediately apparent in stories set during the war, because her entire adult identity is built around her military career, which is in a lot of ways a safe environment for her. The Alliance provides focus and meaning to her life and allows her to indulge in some pretty dark impulses while still nominally acting in the name of the greater good. She can have the confidence – and very possibly all this knowledge is subconscious, at least at the beginning of her career – that the military acts as a limiting force that both can and will stop her from going too far.

That’s one of the main reasons I tend to write Shepard as someone with an interest in boxing; it doesn’t erase her effort to learn how to problem-solve through diplomacy and communication, but it does undercut it: she thinks with her fists, she has a lot of anger that comes out through violence, she wants to solve her problems by hitting someone in the face repeatedly until they take on all her pain and all she has to feel is release or strength or numbness. Boxing as a hobby also makes for an interesting contrast with Shepard-as-sniper; that’s her professional mode, the cold remove, attacking from a distance, but beneath it she still has the urge to get up in someone’s face and hurt them.

That’s also why I can’t let Aratoht go – Aratoht is the ultimate example of “Did I do this because it needed to be done, or did I just want to make the batarians bleed?” (”Both” is the answer – “both” is always the most interesting answer.)

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31 July 2016
The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to believe that what Captain Marvel needs is a writer willing to do what Fraction did with Invincible Iron Man or Brubaker did with Captain America or even what Aaron is doing with his roster of Thor books. DeConnick did a really great job drawing on the early themes of Ms. Marvel + the stuff Brian Reed introduced to reconceptualize Carol, but now I think someone needs to take that concept and refine it in the context of plot-heavy stories – we need not only a writer willing to do comics-level psychological digging into the character but also someone who’s going to construct substantial, engaging arcs around Carol.

(Uh, maybe this is not “we need” so much as “I want”, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how Marvel has been using her in the comics, and I’m not convinced they’ve figured out the best way to push her as an A-list character.)

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26 January 2014
So I've fallen down into the black pit of movieverse Sif/Loki, but I've sort of been thinking lately that Loki's most interesting foil isn't Sif or even Thor; in a lot of ways, it's really how he interacts with Natasha that reveals the most about him. (Also interesting is that while I think Natasha is Loki's strongest foil, he isn't hers - that accolade probably has to go to Bruce Banner.)

Of primary interest to the person who writes Loki but doesn't want to write Loki apology are two questions: "Is Loki a misogynist?" and, "Can Loki be redeemed?" We've gotta look to Black Widow for the answers.

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This idea on how to fix Journey's End has been rattling around in my head for the past six or seven weeks, and today in the shower the pieces finally came together. I think it's clear that Canon Is Broken, mostly because we have two Doctors and only one Rose and one Donna - and a tabula rasa Donna, at that. Life would be a lot easier if there were only one Doctor, but if we're going to try to fix JE in the aftermath we have to accept that there are two Doctors, plus Ten II is STILL THE DOCTOR and I'd feel bad if he went away. *squishes*

For optimum happiness, let's assume that the following criteria must be fulfilled:
  1. Each universe must have one Doctor. This only seems fair, what with two universes and two Doctors. We'll call our universes Pete's World and Jackie's world, because even though Jackie no longer resides in Jackie's World she totally deserves to have a universe named after her. The Doctors will be Ten I and Ten II.
  2. Each Doctor must end up with (1) TARDIS,
  3. (1) Donna, and
  4. (1) Rose.
  5. Donna's memory must remain intact.
  6. Rose I and Ten I must end up together. (IDEK, JUST GIVE ME THIS ONE.)

We'll take it as a given that Pete's World has a Martha, a Jack, a Sarah Jane, &c.

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