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Musings on my writing
Happy birthday to daibhid_c

In other news; the video for Coldplay’s single ‘Life in Technicolor II’ is brilliant. There are few songs that can’t be improved by having them performed by puppets.

I’m going to have to push the Wombat into putting aside the ‘Lord of the Rings’-verse for a while and resuming ‘Access All Areas’ soon.

The emotions of the characters I write bleed over into me to some extent. Currently I’m feeling Illyria’s cold and dark despair, Bodhi’s exuberant delight and bloodlust, Joan’s grim determination, Vampire Willow’s oddball humour, and Chantry’s self-loathing and doomed love (really doomed; there will be no happy ending for her, that’s a guarantee). And there is always, always, Sorkatani.

But behind them all is Anna. For months now she has been stuck in hiatus limbo. She watched her idolised father murdered, was captured, and her powers were taken away. She’s in the hands of the Turkish Mafia and they intend to make her death agonising and degrading. They don’t realise that even as a Ptavv she’s still deadly and she is determined to make them regret that. She needs closure; violent, blood-soaked closure, the sort that leaves eyeballs on the floor and two hundred and twenty pound gangster henchmen shattered on the pavement after falling fifty feet from a rooftop.

And, because of the way we are writing that collaborative fic, I don’t know whether she’s going to get that closure or get a bullet in the head in a cellar under an Istanbul nightclub. Only with the aid of the Wombat will I find out. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer.

Something occurred to me as I was writing this; all my current POV characters, now that the Artemis Entreri interlude in ‘Tabula Avatar’ is over, are female. That’s true most of the time, in fact. Sometimes I write Spike POV, less often Giles, and Xander is one of the only two non-OCs who I have written in first person for more than a ficlet, but overwhelmingly I choose to write in female POV despite being a bloke. I wonder why that is?

Current Music: Coldplay, 'Life in Technicolor II'

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jedibuttercup From: jedibuttercup Date: February 18th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect it has a lot more to do with what's going on inside the character's heads than what their body parts are.

I do write a lot of Buffy, but outside of B:tVS fandom (a portion of my writing that grows larger every year) I tend choose the male's POV to write from a lot of the time when I have the opportunity. Usually, I think, that's because it was an overwhelmingly male story to begin with and the men in it had more power than the women, but not always. And nothing explains why I get so much applause for writing Wesley Wyndham-Price!

It all comes down to which characters a writer is most comfortable inhabiting, I'd guess; how well you can find an aspect of them that really resonates with you and spin it out from there.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: February 18th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm .... my POV characters are usually female, too. Maybe in the case of Buffy it's just that the female characters are generally more interesting and strong?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 21st, 2009 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Which, unfortunately, a section of the fandom can't deal with, especially as most of the male characters are British. Instead of writing the female characters they seize on the main male American character and power him up until he outclasses all the female characters. The worst offenders power him up until he outclasses NATO.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: February 22nd, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
What? You just described Keith5by5 to a "T". I didn't realize there was a whole crowd like that; he's the only one I've ever encountered that seems to always make Xander superpowered, Buffy weak or absent, and sometimes Giles the villain. He and I disagree on almost everything BtVS related except our love for Xander, but since he's a friend of mine and there's no point in arguing with him I just let it go.

I understand that some men can't stand the idea of females as the ones who save the day, but it this Xenophobia toward the British common?
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: February 18th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was in my teens, I nearly always wrote from a male POV. I make a more conscious effort to even it out these days, but then stories will tell you who they want to be told by.
ningloreth From: ningloreth Date: February 18th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that one of the big attractions of writing (like acting), is that it gives you the freedom to experiment with being something you're not. Since you're male, female is pretty high on the list!

Of my own OCs, the three I like best are all male -- a teenage geek, a twenty-year old criminal mastermind, and a grumpy, mouthy, thirtysomething warrior. Though I do also have a short, fat, middle-aged woman.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 18th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I am happy with the viewpoints.

Oh, btw, please continue the Vamp!Willow/Willow fic sometime, it´s quite interesting. :)

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 21st, 2009 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll continue the Vamp!Willow/Willow story as soon as I finish the Illyria drabbles. They became one of those things that just has to be done before I can concentrate on anything else.
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: February 19th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
The female POV perhaps comes from the fact that Buffy is filled with strong female characters (or what passes for them in the entertainment industry)?
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