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Original character? Huh?
I'm a little annoyed over something very trivial. On Saturday I posted the concluding chapter of Dojo Hard. I advised the su_herald and they duly included the notification in Sunday's issue. However I had described it as 'Spike/Buffy, Wesley/Ampata' and they listed it as 'Spike/Buffy, Wesley/OC'.

Why? In a universe in which Spike, Angel, Drusilla and Dalton are not vampires, Olaf isn't a troll, and Giles is the Shogun, why quibble about Ampata not being a mummy? She's still Peruvian. There aren't any mummies in Japanese mythology so keeping her as an Inca Mummy Girl wouldn't have fit the concept at all. Everyone in the whole thing is acting in roles rather different to their standard Buffyverse positions. That's the whole point. And there isn't a single OC (other than nameless peasants, guards, and ninja) in the whole thing (although there is one crossover character).

Wesley is a shipwrecked English mariner running a nightclub (The Bonze). Spike (under the name of Chopstick) is a wandering minstrel and ninja warrior. Drusilla is a ninja geisha kung-fu nun. Xander is a taikomochi (a male geisha specialising in clowning, rather like a court jester). And as for Kendra... I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. Why object to Ampata being a Peruvian Inca fleeing from the Spanish Inquisition?

Or could it be that the su_herald editor (who probably hadn't read the story anyway) didn't know who Ampata is? Surely not.
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hesadevil From: hesadevil Date: July 10th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or could it be that the su_herald editor didn't know who Ampata is? Surely not.
That's the one. Can't get the staff nowadays. Or maybe it's another sign that the fandom is dwindling?

Sorry I haven't had time to read it yet. And I must for it is the final chapter and the Fat Lady sings.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 10th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps the su-herald has been outsourced to India like everything else.
frenchani From: frenchani Date: July 10th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point!

Or could it be that the su_herald editor didn't know who Ampata is? Surely not.

Mmmm...

On the other hand, technically Ampata wasn't a Peruvian girl but a guy. The mummy girl stole his bag and his name, didn't she? :- )
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 10th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's no reason why the Peruvian girl in my story shouldn't have stolen the bag and name from a Catholic guy to aid in her escape from the Inquisition.

frenchani From: frenchani Date: July 10th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL
makd From: makd Date: July 10th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect they just forgot that Ampata was Inca Mummy Girl. (I did...)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 11th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Not something that a bloke would ever forget, as she's the best-looking girl who ever appeared on BtVS.
owenthurman From: owenthurman Date: July 14th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm, outside of Joyce.
theantijoss From: theantijoss Date: July 10th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or could it be that the su_herald editor (who probably hadn't read the story anyway) didn't know who Ampata is? Surely not.

Sadly, I think that's probably the case. :(

Oh, those kids, how they forget their history...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 11th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I blame Willow.
theantijoss From: theantijoss Date: July 11th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait. I thought everything was always Xander's fault?
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: July 10th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd probably have don that too. I have amnesia before Season 4.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 11th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Whereas I have every character, every scene, and every line off by... uh, what do you call it, funny shaped thing in the middle of your chest?
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: July 11th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
A pacemaker?
woman_of_ From: woman_of_ Date: July 10th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess this just proves that the reccers are not 100 per cent! *sigh*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 11th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
It did rather surprise me.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: July 10th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
People are strange? Also, it's possible that she didn't remember Ampata.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 11th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Didn't remember Ampata? Inconceivable!
From: hezzabeth Date: July 11th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok I've never read DoJo Hard but now I really want to so I can see Xander as a Geisha.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 11th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Go ahead and read it, then; it's there waiting for you.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: July 11th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's possible - there are few one-off villains I can't remember the names of. Like the zombie guys from The Zeppo.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 11th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I suppose it's a guy thing. I find that someone doesn't remember the best-looking girl who ever appeared on BtVS and I go "Ay, caramba!"
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: July 11th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

ampata

That's just too weird!

I'm one of the people who've been waiting for you to finish this, so I'll have to read now!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 12th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: ampata

It's there waiting for you...
slackerace From: slackerace Date: July 12th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
The middle two paragraphs of your post made me love your brain so very much.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 12th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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