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posted by [personal profile] paratti at 09:49pm on 16/12/2006 under ,
Was a Episode Spoilers )

In other news, allergies and the continuing reaction to them sucks.

And Happy Hannukah to all of you that celebrate.
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posted by [personal profile] paratti at 08:15pm on 25/06/2005 under
Which allows the brain to get going again. I've been following the authors/fanfic debate with interest and I've been pondering something Jane Espenson said at the Halloween Fic Panel, that what the ME writers were doing was essentially writing fanfic of Joss.

Ok, on a snark based response, if you think of the ME writers as ficcers, it explains a lot bitching )

But snark aside, writers are writers be they published or not. They can be cast as fitting some of the worst characteristics of ficwriters in full hissyfit *looks at Anne Rice* just as easily as they can the best. I'd read anything Barb or Lori wrote in the secure knowledge that's its far better than much of the writing I can browse through at Waterstones. I have the joy of reading on my FL amazing fic from published writers that's as good as the books by the same authors I can read in the bath.

There are differences between fic and original stuff. We can claim to be textual poachers, proclaim the equality or supremacy of the reader over the author, but power does ultimately lie in the man, woman or company that wields (or chooses not to wield) the cease and desist order, and in fic, that's not us. If we want that, we have to file the numbers off, rework and/or start with our own worlds and characters. We can do that. Some of us already have or are having a go, but it doesn't change who we are as writers. We're still the same people and likely to exhibit the same tics, explore the same tropes and themes, as that's what makes us want to hit the keyboard.

We can see that perhaps most clearly in writing teams that include ficcers, like ME, but also the new Doctor Who boys, which includes two of the novel writers. I'm reading a Paul Cornell (Father's Day) original novel at the moment and there's a lot of theme, trope and style similarities, which is what you'd expect. Every author has a voice and that crosses over original and other people's worlds - paid or not. It's what makes writing writing and writers writers. Some writers can choose not to accept that, but it doesn't make it less true. Yes, some writers and ficcers are much better than others, while others have delusions of adequacy and some never will produce anything good, but that's just as true across all the different sectors that make up the providers of stuff to read.
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posted by [personal profile] paratti at 11:27pm on 15/05/2005 under
I was tagged for the film thing twice and am very late. In my defence, I've been very tied up on a project that ate my brain and I'm not sure I can answer it in the meme style anyway.

I don't know how many films I've got. I know I don't know how many books I have - even here, let alone at my parents. I am a packrat - a fully paid-up member of the National Union of Packrats, Hoarders and No I am Not Binning It It'll Come in Handy at Some Pointers. I bought this flat for it's Tardisian storage space and if I start unpacking, I'll never get them back in the cupboards again, let alone lugging stuff up from the luggage room. So, it's a lot.

But thinking about the films that are important to me and those that influenced me, while watching both the 100 Greatest War Films and the Dr Who Confidentials, they're not always the same thing. Film's I own and love aren't necessarily the one's that have had the biggest influence. I mean. The Incredibles is the latest one I bought. Kingdom of Heaven the latest I've seen. But what influences and moulds aren't always personally chosen.

My dad was a fanboy of classic British War Films and someone with really weird working hours, chronic insomnia and a habit of early adoption of entertainment hardware. He had all those films on video which he watched at all hours and we all watched over and over again. I could probably recite the dialogue to The Cruel Sea, In Which We Serve, The Dambusters et al. Those films killed the dog, showed the cost of war on the survivors and the victims and had the heroes killing the survivors of a U Boat attack to try and get the submarine. Dark stuff as well as heroism.
He also loved the Ealing Comedies. I love Passport to Pimlico, but my all time fave has to be Kind Hearts and Coronets - and it's pov of a sympathetic, very dry humoured serial killer definitely fed through into why some characters interest me more than others.

Little [livejournal.com profile] paratti grew up watching Dr Who. That show killed the lead six times on me in my formative years. Peter Davison pointed out that Resurrection of the Daleks has a higher body count than The Terminator (a film I do love). I watched that stuff over tea. And occasionally from behind the sofa.

I developed a love of epic gangster films like The Godfather, Goodfellas - again, dark, dark stuff, sleeping with the fishes, you talking to me...I loved the Lord of The Rings books. I adore the film, but while the sweeping aspect of the storytelling is an influence on my writing, the Lymond series is a far, far greater one. Along with more death, doom and disaster like Blake's 7 and Robin of Sherwood. My comic side was finished off by Python and Blackadder. I couldn't choose between Life of Brian or Holy Grail - I adore both.

But add the lot together and it explains a lot of why my writing is the way it is and why characters get nervous.

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