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What's in a name? - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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What's in a name?
I recently carried out a poll related to a revision that I was thinking of making to Chapter 12 of 'Angel of the Morning'. I have indeed made that revision, at least provisionally. Further details behind the cut.



The result of the poll that I carried out about my invented real name for Spike versus the name revealed in the new Spike comic was pretty overwhelming. Four to one in favour of me sticking with my invention.

Despite that result I've still gone ahead and re-written the relevant chapter of 'Angel of the Morning' with the semi-canon name. I began to feel that some of Spike's dialogue in a couple of the other chapters conflicted with the Chapter 12 revelation, and as the name from the comic serves the same purpose as mine I have provisionally decided to go with that version. I have kept a copy of the original and can revert to it if reader opinion so demands.

I would appreciate it if those who have time could take a look at the new version of Chapter 12 and check out the relevant scene and give me feedback on how well this version works. It is HERE

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ffutures From: ffutures Date: July 29th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seems fine to me
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
rahirah From: rahirah Date: July 29th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The new version looks fine to me--and while I was an agnostic on making the change, I think this may be a tad better because the wanker thing was a tad convoluted in comparison.

Also, you mentioned Harold Shea, which gets you extra bonus points.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Yes, on reflection I thought that the Wanker thing was a little convoluted; also his casual use of 'wanker' might have been a bit more restrained had it been his real name.

There are definite parallels between Willow and Harold Shea - mainly to do with the magic not quite doing what they expect!
partri65 From: partri65 Date: July 29th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Greetings

I came across your name in a mutual friend's comments and HAD to come over to say hello. I mean - an actual kzin on LJ! Who'd a thought?
AND you write good BtVS fanfic! AND you have a link to The Crypt, which I had found and then lost. (I must get back to "Raison D'Etre.")
May I scratch behind your ears?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Greetings

Thanks!

May I scratch behind your ears?

Certainly you may. "Anything above the level of a field mouse likes having its ears scratched".
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: July 29th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the new version works quite well, if not better.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! That's what I hoped.
spikendru From: spikendru Date: July 29th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was one that voted for W.A.N. Kerr, just because the sheer silliness amused me, but the way you're worked in Pratt is fine and serves the same purpose. Go you!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I think maybe W.A.N. Kerr was perhaps a little too silly.
manoah From: manoah Date: July 29th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
The new version works very well. I felt the old one was just a tad too obvious.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I thought. Thanks!
makd From: makd Date: July 29th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
It works beautifully - or should I say: you worked it beautifully. Thanks for keeping us in the loop!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
audela From: audela Date: July 29th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with everyone else--this works. I think it reads smoother and though I initially voted for you not to change Kerr, I think you were right to do so.

frey
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! That's the reaction I hoped for.
talesofspike From: talesofspike Date: July 29th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, that seems to read okay. One thought that did occur to me about the old one, though not until after I saw this post, is that growing up with the old name the poor sod would have been Willie Kerr. as in "Gee, willikers!"
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: July 29th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that a peculiarly Scottish expression? It's not one I've ever heard before. I've heard Americans (in fiction) say 'Gee, willikins!' but never 'Gee, willikers!'.
talesofspike From: talesofspike Date: July 29th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's probably what I was thinking of. Very much the kind of thing Xander would come out with.
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