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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 12:48:25pm
Author: sk
Subject: Re: Heh! I think the horoscope analogy is perfect! (r)
In reply to: Nell 's message, "Heh! I think the horoscope analogy is perfect! (r)" on Tuesday, October 24, 07:18:14am

On the other hand, I generally discount anything the producers said about timelines or offscreen events, because I figure if they obviously couldn't even keep straight what took placed on camera, there was absolutely no way the had a friggin' clue about what took place off camera!

No kidding!

I agree with the comments about selectivity. I came to this fandom late enough that there was a huge pile of fanfiction around -- I read many, many stories before I saw very much of the actual show, and I'm sure I internalized some of the character twists that certain authors created alongside watching the source material. So, for me, there are the canon versions of the characters, which come from the show as it aired, and then there are the variations, some of them closely related to the original, and others wandering very far afield. Just think of the number of different version of Michael that exist in Ranma's archives alone. While they all owe something to the series original, in a few cases it's little more than a name and a set of physical attributes.

In the little writing I've done, I'm sure that my versions of the characters have borrowed elements from other author's interpretations, as well as trying to understand the original examples. The best analogy I can come up with is a musical one -- a theme and variations composition where the first iteration is the source material, and subsequent items take off from there.

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