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batyatoon ([personal profile] batyatoon) wrote2008-08-28 10:02 pm
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Been meaning to post a couple of memes lately. Most recently, from [livejournal.com profile] smallship1:

1. Comment on this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.

"Gimme an H!" "H!"

The first one to come to mind is Honor Harrington, who has the distinction of being a double-H. I'm going to have some trouble commenting on her, though, on account of I haven't actually read more than one-half of one book of her series. The fact that she came to mind at all I attribute entirely to the fact that I've been listening to Echo's Children all day, and they have several songs about her. Given that her name's Honor, wordplay of the following sort is pretty much inevitable:
You cannot in honor deny me this grace --
The chance to avenge what I cannot replace.


Let's see. Hermione Granger. Smart, brave, competent, ruthless when the situation calls for it. I've always liked her.
After the sixth book, when we were all debating who was going to die in the seventh, I said that there were a few possible deaths for which I flat-out would not forgive Rowling if any of them happened. Hermione was one of them.

Dr. Horrible. Poor screwed-up Billy. Considering what a bit of fluff his canon is, it's made me think a lot about the nature of evil and the perception thereof:
And Penny will see the evil me
Not a joke, not a dork, not a failure

The assumption underlying that is that Evil = powerful. That, added to the assumption that Good = authority, leaves a radical social reformer with nowhere to go except self-identifying as evil, and this is the point where I turn and look at myself and say "why am I talking like this?"

Herewiss s'Hearn is relatively obscure: he's from Diane Duane's The Door Into Fire and sequelae. He's the first male in five hundred years to be born with the potential to use a form of magic known as the Fire, and the first book centers on him and his struggles to reach and channel this power while simultaneously keeping the people he loves alive.
Herewiss is also, on a personal note, the first fictional character I ever encountered who was in a committed gay relationship -- in a world that has no homosexuality taboo. And given the time of my life in which I read it, it has occurred to me since that had I picked it up as little as five years earlier, I would probably have been shocked and a little squicked.

I can only imagine what would have happened if I'd encountered Captain Jack Harkness at that age. Oh, Jack Harkness: the man for whom they coined the term "omnisexual".
I have not actually seen any of Torchwood yet, but I've been thinking I really ought to.




Anyone else want to pick up the meme? Tag me.

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