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Hmmm, in a way this is very true.

melancholy
You are Melancholy. Melancholics are often gifted,
even prone to genius. You are deep and
thoughtful, but this can lead to your being too
introspective, to the point of moodiness and
depression when you find flaws within your
self. You strive for perfection in all things,
most especially your self and your immediate
world. You are sensitive to the needs of
others, and loyal to your friends, but can be
hard to please. Melancholics do well in the
Arts, science, and math.


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I had fun helping cathy1967 with her new web site yesterday. It got me in a creative mood and I built a new fanfic page on my web site. Now I just want to totally redesign the rest of the site in honor of its new home.

We had a really good discussion about the nature of fanfic. Is it proper to change the personalities of our host's characters or do we strive to understand the "cannon" personalities based on the stories we write? I think this is related to "Evil!John" fiction which I am growing to loath for his total darkness and reveling in bleakness. It doesn't seem right to me. I know there is amazingly beautiful fiction out there that posits deepest darkest John capable of awful things, but I'm not sure I can read it any more. I guess I'm a Pollyanna at heart.

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Whitelight wrote a Bastard!John fic that's pre-premiere. While the writing and storytelling is terrific, I can't believe in this John because he is so very different from the John in canon. (And I'm guessing that was Whitelight's desire.)

As to whether it is "proper" or not - I'm not to judge. I think that as writers, you are allowed wonderful artistic freedom. Take the character where you think the character needs to go. I do believe that it needs some hook back to canon. Kemper's journey into Unrealized Realities allows Dark!John and Bastard!John, so anything down that path is acceptable (IMHO).

As a reader, I get to choose what I like and what I will read. With books I generally have a 50 page rule - if I am not engaged in the story after 50 pages, I put it down. With fanfic, sometimes it only takes one paragraph to reel me in (or not), other times I invest for more time, but then decide not to read that author again, and sometimes, I open up the document, see the formatting and close it without reading a word. All my choices - and only in the last case do I "blame" the writer.

My most recent concern as a reader, is that having invested so much time and mental energy in reading the current fanfic - how much have I forgotten about canon, and how disappointed will I be with the mini-series. At some point I really will need to go back and re-watch all of Season 4 to be ready for where TPTB want to take me -- and not where I've become comfortable in all the post-BT fic! (Does that make sense?)

boy do I hear you

Operalover, I totally hear you. I too read fanfic in the same way--formatting problems annoy me enough that I can't read more. Other than that, if the story is compelling, I will read it even if it deals with darkness, bleakness, and evil. I just am truly also worried about moving so far away from cannon that I'll be disapponted at what TPTB dream up in the mini-series.

I just am feeling like the bleakness gets me so depressed that I loose sight of why I love the show so much--the hopefulness in spite of what the world throws at John (and the rest of Moya's crew).