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Character Meme

Cheerfully stolen from musesinspire(‘cause she’s always got the best memes)
 
Comment to this post with the name of a character that I have written in fic or geeked out about. I will comment telling you the following:

A. What initially prompted me to like the character enough to write about him/her.
B. One of his/her best traits.
C. One of his/her worst traits.
D. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
E. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character (if I've written them).
F. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.
 
 
*taps chin thoughtfully* Hmmm, I'm trying to decide which character we haven't really talked about in length.....

How about Vala?
A. What initially prompted me to like the character enough to write about him/her.
To put it simply? Her interaction with Daniel. I absolutely adored the banter and the chemistry and how the two characters just bounced off one another in such a fun and enthralling way. The only other character to have that type of an instant chemistry with Daniel’s is Jack.

B. One of his/her best traits.
Her moral/amoral compass. She’s not a conventional good guy and I love that about her. She’s a lair, a thief and that makes Vala not someone you want to turn your back on even if she’s on your side. That makes her compelling. Her ability to just up and go, leave the SGC behind because that’s what she does best but she doesn’t. It’s such a great push and pull for her character.

C. One of his/her worst traits.
Her constant need to be right. It’s amusing, fun but at times it’s the worst aspect of her personality. No matter how wrong Vala may be she’d never admit it—at times not even to herself.

D. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
It depends on the situation and the characters I have her interacting with. I honestly love to pair her with Buffy because I think their personalities compliment each others and make them a better team/unit. I like Vala’s perspective because everything is new to her and she’s more adaptable to a situation than Cordelia… Huh, Cordelia and Vala. Why haven’t I thought of that combination earlier?

E. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character (if I've written them).
The final section of ‘Yesterday’s Wishes, Today’s Regrets’ where Vale steals Giles’s pen. I think the moment between them was very much in character for both and I know, I know you were expecting something smutty. ;)

F. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.
Vala will play a rather large, supportive part in ‘I’d Rather be Famous’ or at least it will seem that way to Buffy. I also have the prequel to ‘Only Fantastic?’ plotted on the hows and whys Buffy joins the SGC and when her and Vala first come together as a couple.
I loved her interactions with Daniel! She brought out this fire in him that had been sorely missed for several seasons. His character was suddenly fun again.

*bounces* Yay! More Vala fics!! Whoo hoo! *throws confetti*
I was looking at your list of tags, and Illyria's name popped out, I know you only wrote a small snippet about her but I'd be interested.
A. What initially prompted me to like the character enough to write about him/her.
While I adored Fred, Illyria was such a new and inventive character that I was instantly drawn to how black and white the world was for her. This was her kingdom and now it’s gone so she clings to what Fred knew. She’s not a demon taking up residence in Fred’s body, she is for all purposes Fred now and she hates the effect Fred’s memories and emotions have on her perspective of the world but in the same moment she needs those emotions and reactions to survive. It’s such a nifty character dynamic and interaction in one character.

B. One of his/her best traits.
Her arrogance. She knows what she’s capable of and will stop at nothing to reach her goal. She doesn’t do the right thing because she’s wants to do good but because she’s been insulted. That’s such a twisted reason to be one of the white hats.

C. One of his/her worst traits.
Her utter inability to associate with others on a personal level without feeling violated. Illyria, at times, seemed to understand and sympathize with Wesley but in the same moment she would draw back and completely cut him off. It was an odd thing to witness from a creature that showed empathic capabilities.

D. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
In the beginning of ‘Hollow Places’ it was extremely difficult but I wanted to give Illyria the chance to connect with a character outside of Wesley while still being her arrogant, condescending self. I choose Buffy because she’s the least likely of all the Scoobies to judge a demon simply because they are a demon—Old One or not—as her new guide. As the relationship between the two characters evolved I believe I got a better grasp of Illyria and used Illyria-isms less and less.

E. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character (if I've written them).
‘Hollow Places’ Chapter 6: When the World Falls Away. The moment when Buffy and Illyria are reunited after Buffy’s quick abduction by the Asgard and Illyria’s restoration after the Ancient’s Temple incapacitated her:
Buffy’s gaze was instantly drawn to Illyria who stood beside a plant, she stepped forward and Buffy felt relief flood her frame.

The Old One’s eyes narrowed at the look of elation on her guides face as they were brought together. “You wish to embrace me.”

Buffy took a few steps toward her and nodded. The demon rolled her eyes and walked forward, around the bed separating them. She gave a small grunt as the Chosen One leapt at her and squeezed with all of her impressive strength.

Daniel, Jack and the General watched stunned as the demon’s eyes fell closed and she wrapped her armor-encased arms around Buffy’s waist. The ache in her chest eased at the contact of her guide and she pulled back to examine Buffy’s face.


F. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.
In ‘Bled to Black’ Illyria will become Lilith’s consort and king. I think I’m letting Illyria become the bad guy her character could have become had she not gone back to Wesley at the end of ‘Shells.’

**Edit: Nevermind, LJ took it the second time.

Edited at 2008-06-15 06:48 pm (UTC)
A. What initially prompted me to like the character enough to write about him/her.
The Capt. Jack I am referring to is Capt. Jack Harkness of Torchwood and not the Pirates of the Caribbean’s (never actually seen those movies) Capt Jack Sparrow. The thing that drew me to Harkness was the fact that he was a complete and utter asshole during his first appearance on Dr Who and his character gradually evolved into someone you’d want on your side in a fight.

B. One of his/her best traits.
The complexities of his character. He can’t die and at times that’s all he wants to do but during others he sees life as such a celebration. It’s wonderful to see it all through his eyes and how he reacts so violently to the death of those he cares for. It’s nice to see someone who is immortal still allow themselves to love that much.

C. One of his/her worst traits.
His inability not to flirt with anything that walks—and some things that don’t. He’s ominsexual. He likes boys, girls, aliens and if he was in the BtVS’verse I doubt he’d have any qualms flirting with a demon. He believes our sexual labels of straight, gay and bisexual quaint and while I completely agree with his outlook the constant need to flirt can become trying at times.

D. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
At the moment difficult since I haven’t seen every episode of Torchwood and I haven’t attempted writing him that much…or at least not in anything I’m willing to share at the moment. He’s a complex character that has darker tones then his casual, flirty demeanor allows others to see. So I think I really wanted to capture Capt. Jack Harkness I’d have to do the entire piece from his perspective. *ponders*

E. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character (if I've written them).
I’ve only written him in one drabble and it was a pairing with Buffy while making her a fact. I’m not entirely happy with it so I won’t recommend it to you.

F. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.
I’ve started a series of drabbles called, ‘Got a Little Captain in You?’ I think the title explains it all. ;)
A. What initially prompted me to like the character enough to write about him/her.
She’s not perfect. It’s an odd reason but the one that I think is most profound about Buffy. She screws up, she falls down, she runs away and yet she still comes back and still fights even when she feels as if she has nothing left to fight for.
I honestly didn’t appreciate the character at first and I enjoyed Willow and Cordy more than Buffy in the first few season of BtVS but the ‘Wish’ episode created an alternate Buffy who grabbed my attention and made me search for those aspects of her personality that could evolve into someone like wish!Buffy. It forced me to go back and re-watch the first few season with a different image of Buffy in my head.
In short I see Buffy as a ‘person’ who does amazing things—not an amazing ‘person.’

B. One of his/her best traits.
Her inability to walk away. Yes, Buffy’s run away after an emotional trauma but she’d never leave in the middle of a battle. She didn’t walk out on the Scoobies in season 7 (which I still think that scene was justified on both sides…though Anya’s self-righteousness grated just a bit). I think if this scene had happened to some of other hero they might have given the peace sign and bounced.

C. One of his/her worst traits.
She’s self-centered. I like Buffy because of her flaws, not besides them but there were moments during the series that I just wanted to punch her in the face—and risk the retaliation. I still don’t understand how her and Angel thought it was a good idea to begin their relationship again in season 3. It was irresponsible and at that point just senseless and gave a new meaning to the term ‘death wish’ and not ‘star-crossed’ as I think Joss and the writers intended.

D. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character.
*cringes* In the beginning I admit to making Buffy a wee bit Mary Sue but I think I’ve come a long way in the past 4 years at making her flawed and imperfect. Buffy has the quintessential layers that make hero more believable no matter how fantastic their feats of heroism may be.

E. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character (if I've written them).
Um… wow. I’ve written her so much that this is a tough one but I think the story I’m most proud of and I think I capture her voice/essence is a wish!verse story. It’s called ‘One More’ and it’s a crossover with Supernatural and I give the back story as to how Buffy received the scar that bisects her mouth.

F. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future.
Most of my stories are Buffy’centric. I don’t want to say all ‘cause I’ve written a few that were Willow or Giles’centric but if you pick one of my several *sigh* WIPs you’ll see me working on her character.
The most current is the third story in the ‘Law of Club and Fang’ series which is completely AU but I think still manages to keep Buffy … well, Buffy with a history that allows her to evolve into having a similar personality as her BtVS counterpart.
Hmmmm! It's tough to choose just one character but I'll go with Daniel Jackson. Also since I've been lurking here for a while, do you mind if I friend you?