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30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 07

7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

When I first read this question I thought 'No, of course not. Why would writing about a character change my mind about them'? (I assumed the question was referring to me writing given all the other questions are about writing).

However, when I came to do Day 06 and mentioned femslash, I realised the answer was actually 'yes'; it had happened. It happened in NCIS. When both Ziva and Jenny first appeared I honestly didn't like either of them, in fact I strongly disliked both of them. Worse still I didn't care about either of them (I can dislike a character but still care about them in terms of caring what happens). Thus, when I mentioned them in a story it tended to be in a negative way, based on how I saw them in canon.

Somehow though, despite my dislike of both characters I was drawn to them as a couple, I could easily believe in them as lovers. Still, I never thought I'd write them, as I had never written positively about a pairing I didn't care for. However, my 'never say never' mantra kicked in and I did write a story about them.

It's a sad story, a very sad, very moving (if I do say so myself), very painful story. And it was with this story my view of both women changed for the better. I grew to really like Ziva, to care about her and what happened to her very much, as time went on I grew to love Ziva as I did the other members of 'Team Gibbs'. I can't say I ever grew to love or even really like Jenny; although I for the most part stopped disliking her. More importantly though, I did grow to care about her and to feel for her in certain circumstances and I felt sorrow upon learning she was dying.

So yes, a story did indeed change my opinion not only of a character, but of two characters.



1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?
4 – Do you have a 'muse' character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?
5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your 'muse' or not, what did you do about it?
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?
10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12 – Have you ever attempted an 'adaptation' fic of a favourite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?
14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?
15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka 'bunnies') from?
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favourite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a beta horror story or dream story?
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain 'mood' to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
27 – Where is your favourite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!

Tags: !memes: fanfic/fandom, fandom, fanfic
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