November 15th, 2006

Japan - Autumn Leaves Geisha

Of Original Characters and Fanfic

As some of you know, I'm very fond of original characters in fanfic. Both reading and writing. As a writer, I enjoy the challenge of creating a new character, getting to know them. Their quirks, hopes, fears. I love getting to know each and every one of them, and recognizing their 'voice'.

Now some fandoms seem to lend themselves more to original characters. If I were writing in Firefly, I probably would be less likely to feel the need to add a character since it has such a large cast. But Highlander -- which is a fandom I do write in -- seems to draw new characters out of me by the boat load. Part of that is Methos not having much offered in the way of a past. Alexa died, the few friends/comrades we've seen, other than Joe and Duncan, were killed off in short order. And since he's the character I'm most interested in writing, he needs a framework. There's so much we don't know about the character, and probably never will. Plus, I think Highlander lends itself to OCs just from the way it was structured. Every week we had new characters, some in the present, some in the past, some in both. It was a revolving door of new characters.

Yes, somewhere in here is a question :) So for those of you who create original characters, do you find you have more of them floating around in your brain than you could possibly ever use? For example, last night, I came up with a whole new story, separate from the two series I'm currently writing in, complete with a new character. It's almost frustrating! And it happens frequently. And another question: what draws you into creating original characters for your fic? Especially since OCs are the redheaded step children of fanfic :)

And for those that actually like reading fic with OCs, you get a question too! Why do you like fic with original characters? Especially since such fic is generally not terribly popular?

For me, it's along the same lines of why I write them. In some fandoms, my favourite characters just need a life of their own. It probably doesn't help that my faves are usually the 'sidekick' and not the star [g] If say, Duncan was my favourite character in Highlander, I'd have a treasure trove of people and events already created by the series. He already has a 'life' for lack of a better term.

Over to you guys!

Japan - Autumn Leaves Geisha

SF Book Thingie

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.

Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

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Snagged from rivendellrose