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15 February 2005 @ 06:25 pm
character meme  

The Character You First Fell in Love With:

I seriously got into BtVS as an ensemble show, and liked all the primary characters equally--which at the time I started watching in season three was Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles. (Faith, Angel, Oz, Cordy, Wes--all still supporting characters to me, in terms of how I think about the show.) For a long time I thought of BtVS as a "nonslashy" show, and it's usually character fixation that gets me slashy, so love of the ensemble and nonslashiness go together in this early phase. Later, I liked Spike--*liked* him, pretty much in the same way I liked all the others. I don't think it was until he got together with Buffy canonically that I really fell for him, though. My memory could be fuzzy but I always think of Buffy as the catalyst there.

The Character You Never Expected to Love as Much as You Do Now:

I don't think I've fallen for anyone in a surprising way, but I'll note (as I said to Kita earlier today), that the more I pair Spike off with other characters (in my head), the more I fall back on Buffy/Angel as a kind of OTP background ship. Which *really* surprises me. I certainly respect it, and I try to keep Buffy's strong feelings for Angel in mind even when writing noir.

Maybe Xander--he was just one of the guys until I started pairing him with Spike, and ever since then I've loved burrowing into his head, voicing his voice. Sometimes I see people say that when Xander sent Buffy off to kill Angel--as Willow was trying to spell back his soul--they came to despise him. Me, I thought that kicked ass. Not as a positive character trait, but as a dark one, a complicated dramatic facet. I thought: Joss, you fucking *rule*. Xander's treatment of Anya never bothered me either. I mean: whatever. I like to watch people who are fucked up and fucked over and dysfunctional.

The Character Everyone Else Loves That You Don't:

Faith. She has no backstory. Zip. She came onto BtVS, all tortured and twisted, but she didn't grow with the series like many other characters--she didn't grow on me. She had a sporadic presence with her sociopathic arc in *one* season, and then some guest spots on Angel. I don't get the big deal. I *like* her as a quasi-sociopath. Like I've said, I think fucked-up characters are fun, and when I was watching the show in real time, I loved her relationship with the Mayor, loved the whole season and how she fit into it--but to me she'll always be a peripheral character. She's lip-gloss and superficial toughness, and I don't find it interesting to focus the spotlight on her in fiction, though I'm totally happy for people who want to. :>)

Ditto Drusilla.

(ETA: Although I should note: whenever I get into stretch mode, where I'm reading fiction outside my OTPs, I am happily willing to be seduced into love of a character, no matter how minor. I still remember with amazement that one story about the vampire character Sunday, who was incredibly marginal. But it was an incredibly cool, dark, and fascinating story.)

The Character You Love That Everyone Else Hates:

I love the Mayor--but doesn't everyone love the Mayor? I don't think I have anyone for this category.

The Character You Used to Love but Don't Any Longer:

I worry that this will someday be Spike. But for now I don't have anyone who fits this category--except on Angel, where it's Cordelia.
Dead Souldeadsoul820 on February 16th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
I know we're not on each other's friends lists, I ran across this as I was reading lovesbitca's flist, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your recommendation of my story here and at BBF.


And, amen re Cordelia. I lost the love for her as early as Birthday.
Anna S.eliade on February 16th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
I know we're not on each other's friends lists, I ran across this as I was reading [info]lovesbitca's flist, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your recommendation of my story here and at BBF.

Well, you rock, so you're welcome! :>)

And, amen re Cordelia. I lost the love for her as early as Birthday.

I think I lost my love for her when she went blonde. Such a sad, sad downfall of the snarky Uber Bitch.
herself_nyc on February 16th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
Cordelia, yes. My God, yes.
LiRM35Mlirm35m on February 16th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
I got way more into this meme than I intended, but in reference to Cordelia, I think I rather agreed with you:

The Character Everyone Else Loves That You Don't:
AtS: The Canon C/A relationship (The Canon C/C relationship is so wrong it's not even worth mentioning)
I'm sorry but I have to say this despite my love for all things Angel:
I never bought it... Not even for a second...
The Chemistry between Carpenter and Boreanaz: 'F'.
And no, Carpenter's abysmal acting ability is not the sole culprit (don't get me wrong, I love the Cordy character and I think the show suffered without her). I truly think that the real problem was that the writing team at Mutant Enemy completely dropped the ball on this one. The realationship was randomly rushed and forced upon us and I just never bought that they had anything lasting, great or fated between them. Really how high can curiosity, respect, true-friendship and even kyreumption rate in the exotic bevy of hot women that have passed through Angel's life? *swoons for the mystique that is inherent in the tall, dark, handsome and well-built vampire with a cursed, tortured, artistic soul*
Trepkostrepkos on February 16th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
"I worry that this will someday be Spike."

No! He'd be devastated!
Plus, his sex life would go way downhill...