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been a while since I've done a meme like this away from Tumblr, let's see if anything happens...

Give me a character and I will tell you...

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon


A few of my fandoms off the top of my head (though I can't promise they're all very fresh in my mind, or that I'm caught up on them...heh):

Battlestar Galactica
The Borgias
Dublin Murder Squad
The Goldfinch
Harry Potter
Hunger Games
IT
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Stand
Star Trek (AOS/TOS)
Tiger & Bunny
Welcome To Night Vale
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TOS McCoy and AOS McCoy...differences? Same answers?

Also, Rob Ryan! :)


MCCOY

* How I feel about this character: Bones is one of my favorites and I'm grateful that he's one of the characters with a more consistent personality between TOS and reboot, though at the same time in AOS I kind of wish they'd have more scenes in which McCoy isn't aggravated or harried or panicking. There was a lot of that in DeForest's version but there were also moments when he could go the opposite way and be kind of sardonically chill about everything, with the suggestion that he could open a can of whoop-ass intelligence if and when needed, and he's hardly the kind of guy who doesn't know how to have a good time (he can be the cool uncle as often as the grumpy grandpa, lol). I love writing him and reading fic about him because there's a mix of humor and seriousness in him which can translate pretty fluidly to different contexts as long as you don't fall into one too many of his "Dammit, Jim!" cliches.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: Oh god, a lot (for some reason he's like my favorite male character to het-ship? I'm not sure why?). My only real pairing for TOS is him with Christine Chapel even if it's more the "LOL, I can't imagine they haven't done it least once" kind of thing, and I mainly enjoy the speculative treatment of Christine Chapel in AOS fic cause I rarely read anything for TOS. My cracky crossover pairing for him is him and Kara Thrace, which I wrote for a prompt and wasn't sure how I felt about at first but by the end got weirdly invested in, LOL; I can also enjoy Bones/Uhura, Bones/Gaila, I adore the idea of him and Carol Marcus, and I wouldn't mind reading some fic about him and his ex-wife that doesn't villainize her because it's kind of a sad head-canon of mine, especially for him in TOS, that he never completely got over her. And since my mind is oddly discriminatory about only wanting to read him with ladies, I love Bones/girl!Kirk fics.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: His friendship with Kirk is pretty awesome. I've also really enjoyed writing him platonically with Nyota.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: I don't think it's some unforgivable injustice to his character that the triumvirate friendship, which we will always have in TOS in spades, is not developed as the heart of the reboot franchise. I would happily take more screen time of Leonard but there's only so much time to go around and it's one of the very few truly progressive things about the new movies that Uhura is featured as much more of a main character, which is something they'd repeatedly been prevented from doing with Nichelle Nichols in the original.
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: While I am actually pretty anti-crew-romance when it comes to most of Star Trek unless it's fanfic, I could possibly really enjoy him getting a love interest.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: He knows how to make a damn good pecan pie.

ROB

* How I feel about this character: This is much of how I also feel about In The Woods in general, but I have always felt it was very gutsy on Tana's part to write Rob Ryan the way she did, maybe especially considering it was her first book. If you look at reviews you get a lot of aggravation about his failures and I think it's mostly because those weaknesses don't come in the same package we've read and seen a hundred times: People love the gruff cynical detective with the more accessible glamorous sort of manpain in his past which of course makes him kind of hard to work with but ultimately just that much more of a badass, a character trope which is fun and familiar and ultimately reminds you of absolutely nobody you actually know; but somebody writes the ugly sort of emotional pain and psychological issues of a possibly PTSD-suffering character whose fears manifest in at times despicable actions, whose key trait within the story seems to be that he's a coward, and it's a lot harder to swallow. Fiction is almost always a bit larger than life if it really captures our imaginations, but I kinda think Tana makes the relationships between characters a little mythically intense while the characters themselves always just feel like people, and Rob is so elusive and undefinable to me but in the way that real people are (TBH aside from all his complicated issues with his past there's a lot about the way Rob thinks that immediately reminds me of myself, maybe sometimes in good ways and sometimes in bad ways).
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: Ahh, just Cassie. I guess I should want the best for him if he ever does manage to get loads of therapy and try to get on with his life, but what he had with Cassie is something you probably only are lucky enough to find once in your life, if at all, and I'm too busy hoping the two of them could at least reconnect as friends-with-some-very-complicated-tension to contemplate him being able to really be passionate about anyone else. And to over-analyze, though I actually tend to be okay with relationships that at least start out a bit lukewarm, Rob seemed to always opt for that somewhere-firmly-in-between-all-and-nothing comfort zone in the past so I don't really know how to picture if it would be a step forwards or backwards if he ended up with some other woman he isn't absolutely stupid for.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: Well, I think his friendship/partnership with Cassie is pretty much paramount to what they are. I did mourn a bit for the BROT3 that was Cassie/Rob/Sam.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: Maybe this isn't wildly unpopular, but while I would obviously concede that doing Operation Vestal at all was unprofessional, I don't think that the way he behaved in In The Woods should be used as some indication of his overall detective skills. In the end I don't think it's possible to say how competent Rob was when he wasn't having some kind of mental breakdown, but I think there are hints here and there that O'Kelly had reasons to be fairly confident in both him and Cassie.
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: I just want more of him. I actually want him to be brought in as a supporting character sooner than I want him brought back as narrator because there's something that feels unbalanced about the fact that he's the only character we've only met through the character's own eyes.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: I tend to think the unreliability of his recollection might sometimes err toward giving Cassie just a bit more of the credit for things.

Edited at 2014-05-19 03:33 am (UTC)

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* How I feel about this character: Snape really left a strong impression as one of the more fascinating and archetypal sort of morally gray characters in anything that's come out in my lifetime and is definitely one of my favorites in HP. He may have really been one of the first characters I ever thought that much about in terms of how much the specific motivations can complicate the way you look at a character's good and bad deeds, because he's such a hateful creep in some ways but he also does extremely brave things. There's been a lot of backlash because of the hardcore stans who defend him too much and think Lily was too hard on him, etc., you get a lot of people declaring that it was gross to even portray him as sympathetic at all, but Rowling has never defended him too heavily and I don't think it's giving the demographic enough credit if you don't think a character who's as open to our pity as to our scorn belongs in a series for young readers.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: The unrequited Snape/Lily thing ended up breaking my heart a lot more than I would have expected when fans were only theorizing it, probably because most people didn't see it coming that at one point they were actually friends, he wasn't just creeping on her from afar. I also find Lupin/Snape to be an interesting idea, but I've never really pursued it.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: His relationship with Dumbledore, it gives you a lot to think about.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: The debate about this character has polarized so rampantly I'm not sure there is such a thing as an unpopular opinion about him, LOL.
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: I actually don't know if I would change anything.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: I'm somewhere in the middle between the canon-contradicting fangirl fantasy of Snape actually being really hot and the insistence that he's absolutely fugly, because you can't forget that the latter is Harry's observation. I remember the narration even concedes that his confidence gave him a little bit of charm when he was a kid, at some point; I think he was probably mildly odd-looking and just got really unkempt.

Edited at 2014-05-20 10:07 pm (UTC)

Just want to say I love your observations on Snape. I wrote my first fanfics about him, and I will always find him fascinating. And yeah, I also find his relationship with Dumbledore especially interesting.

* How I feel about this character: Favorite in the book, hands down. It's funny to remember how discomfiting Theo's removal from the Barbours was and how I was just generally like "UGH, fuck his father, fuck Xandra, fuck Las Vegas, and fuck...wait, who is this Russian punk?" and then the whole Vegas section, while definitely not altogether happy, really kind of made the book for me because of Boris. He's obviously a flawed mess, kind of scary in some ways, but there's also an almost childlike earnestness and curiosity to him that is so lovable and brings all these surprising moments of tenderness to his relationship with Theo.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: I guess Theo and only Theo, though I'm maybe still trying to work out how I felt about the shape and potential of that relationship in general.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: Well, Theo, again.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: I haven't really hit enough discussion about the book/character to say.
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: Less drugs, more sex :( Heh.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: TBH after that one conversation they had when they were kids I couldn't help wanting some moment with him actually declaring that he does trust Theo, because I believe he does.

Edited at 2014-05-21 01:03 am (UTC)

Beverly Marsh and Theo Decker.

BEVERLY

* How I feel about this character: Faaave. I was particularly invested in Bev from the beginning and it's been a long time since I wanted so simply and badly for a character to not just be okay in the end, but be happy. After everything that comes before it, I actually teared up reading that scene when she's hiding in the clubhouse with Ben and tells him, "I need all the love I can get right now." There was something about her suddenly adamant determination to fight her way past Tom the very moment she was needed by someone else after years of being controlled by him that I felt was kind of heartbreakingly heroic, and she has such a natural compassion for others that I just want to give her a bear hug.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: Ben, though with different circumstances I could have probably easily lived with her ending up with Bill.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: Wow, with this book that's really hard to say, but her relationship with Bill is one of my favorite relationships among all of the Losers. She and Richie are pretty cute too.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: Sadly she's kind of under-discussed so I don't know if I have one, but I have seen some one or two comments about her being a really weak character that imply some really screwed-up judgments about abuse victims and yeah, that really pisses me off.
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: I guess I just felt that her appearances tapered off a little too abruptly at the end of the book, but I suspect that in Mike's POV that was kind of the point. Oh, and I wish we'd learned more about her adolescence/early adulthood, like if there was some specific thing that pushed her to break away from her father altogether and what she was doing before she met Tom and stuff.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: She's tended to play it safe as a designer because Tom was always pretty disparaging of her less commercial ideas. She's had sketchbooks full of more experimental fashion and character designs ever since she was a teenager.

THEO

* How I feel about this character: Okay, I honestly don't get the dislike, LOL. Tartt manages to make him the type of narrator who seems remarkably passive through a lot of the stuff that happens to him, and while he isn't blameless you're kind of left with the sense that he's just as bewildered at the messes he takes part in as we might be and I think that's a crucial type of empathy to build for a character who's having so much difficulty simply finding meaning or purpose in getting up in the morning. All of his swindling in the antique shop took me by surprise when it first came up, not least because Theo is pretty much a terrible liar in every other context (LOL), but even that seemed understandable because it felt like most of the reason he did it was to protect Hobie from going broke.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: Boris. And honestly if he were to end up with one of the women I would much rather it be Kitsey because there's at least a very frank asshole-to-asshole honesty between them with no illusions of it being some perfect relationship (which Theo really isn't capable of having with anyone any time soon).
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: Obviously his friendship with Boris is epic, but I also thought his relationship with Hobie was poignant.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: I don't know, I think it's funny that people are so hard on his frustratingly obsessive thoughts about Pippa because he spent enough time feeling like a bit of a creep and genuinely trying to accept he couldn't be with her that it seemed pretty clear he really couldn't help it.
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: More scenes with Boris :P
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: Maybe this is actually textually obvious to a lot of people, but I don't think the painting ever could have had much of an artistic affect on Theo if it hadn't become so linked to the death of his mother. It kept coming back to me that in the museum when they were looking at it, he'd been more interested in Pippa than in the painting at the time, and I almost think his ability to recognize its beauty comes from a desire to sort of prolong all the gone opportunities to connect with his mother. This is why it didn't bother or surprise me that it became so symbolically linked to all that existential angst, because whether the beauty of it is an illusion or not, it's easier for him to see it when it has such a profound connection to how much he loved his mother.

Edited at 2014-05-25 08:18 pm (UTC)

Hmm, Maria Hill (MCU) & Finnick Odair (THG)?

MARIA HILL

* How I feel about this character: The word "competent" comes to mind very firmly when I think of Hill. She spends a lot of time in The Avengers and Winter Soldier being badass in that highly-trained way that I love. On the other hand, I'm not sure I can get much of a handle on her personality from what we've seen so far, and I have a bit of a hard time removing the sitcom vibes from Cobie Smulders in my mind.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: I think she and Natasha would be fun to read together; I'm close to anything-goes with shipping in MCU but I haven't delved into any fic that makes her paired up with any certain person really stick in my imagination yet.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: I think she and Fury are supposed to butt heads a lot, but you get the idea they know each other very well.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: As I said above, I'm not sure how I feel about the casting choice.
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: Just more interactions with the other characters, I guess.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: It's hard for me to think of anything for this; with comics canon often filling in as fanon for the movies I'm kind of reluctant to make conjectures, LOL.

FINNICK ODAIR

* How I feel about this character: Ugh, what a totally heartbreaking character. It impressed me that the way we might look at the career tributes got really complicated with some of the victors that get introduced in the second book, and the gradual upheaval of Katniss' judgment of him as she came to see how much pain there had been in his life was really effective (all the more reason I am irritated that the movies ignores District 4's status as a career district). I would have loved to know tons more about his backstory.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: It's hard to seriously ship him with anyone besides Annie, but Catching Fire kinda makes me like the idea of Finnick/Katniss and/or Finnick/Katniss/Peeta.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: MAGS : (
* My unpopular opinion about this character: Sometimes I think this fandom needs to be careful about the contexts they're talking about when they say or imply that he's some kind of "badass," because of course he's very brave, but his killing capabilities are not something I imagine he would ever want to be praised for (this goes for a lot of characters in the series, though...in particular I think the celebration of Johanna's ruthlessness in battle is starkly missing the point..."Oh goody, my favorite character sure lay the beat-down on his/her fellow children! I have no idea how I'm supposed to connect to the themes of these books!").
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: I am by far one of the more character-death-accepting people you will ever meet in fandom, but I have to agree with many that his felt exceptionally pointless and brutal.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: He used to be waaay more of a dick, especially after he went through the games; for a time he was actually very ungrateful and cold towards Mags, and was just sinking into this pit of apathy and self-loathing until his feelings for Annie came along and forced him to become more caring and dependable almost overnight.

* How I feel about this character: Cesare is such a wonderful anti-hero (or anti-villain? I'm not really sure, LOL) with the type of moral complexities that feel very organic rather than written in for some kind of edgy shock factor. I always got the sense he had the kind of hidden self-loathing that gave him moments of feeling there was no point in trying to be good, and there can be a lot of ethical tension in a character who might be one sinful act away from resigning himself to the fact that he can't fall any further. From the beginning we know he's probably done and will do some pretty bad things, but his protectiveness of Lucrezia makes it pretty much impossible not to love him, especially since the writing never seems to stray for very long from how central she tends to be in his priorities.
* All the people I ship romantically with this character: I'm pretty hardcore into Cesare/Lucrezia, heh.
* My non-romantic OTP for this character: Him and Micheletto...which I can kind of ship too.
* My unpopular opinion about this character: Can't really think of one (the fandom isn't really big enough :/ )
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: Obviously I would have taken another season of the show, but in the time they had I thought they tapped a whole lot of the potential and I can't say there's anything I would change.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: LOL, all I can think of are modern day AU headcanons, like the idea that Micheletto would totally be his driver/bodyguard and he would go through a phase of competing in motor racing and would always be getting Lucrezia to skip a couple days of school to take impulsive little vacations with him.

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