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Date Posted: Monday, March 21, 04:55:41pm
Author: JayBee
Subject: Giving this a try (r)
In reply to: Swatkat 's message, "Speaking of favourite characters...(r)" on Monday, March 21, 12:05:36pm

But let me reverse the order of the questions.

what exactly do you mean when you say that you 'identify' with a certain character?

I guess I would say it means I see something in the character that I admire or find very sympathetic, as well as something that I find intriguing even if not very admirable. I don't "identify" in the sense of looking for characters who have much in common with me, per se. If I did, I wouldn't follow LFN at all because I'm not much like *any* of them. Instead, I pick someone to root for, so to speak, the way one would a favorite sports team. LOL.

Think about your OTCs (One True Character, for the uninitiated) in all your fandoms. Is there a certain pattern you see there?

Absolutely. I prefer older, complex characters who straddle the conventional line between good and evil but feel driven by some deep sense of purpose. With rare exceptions, I can't generally work up much interest in characters under 30, I'm afraid. Nor do I care for stereotypical heroes or heroines, because they lack that moral gray area that fascinates me. Furthermore, given a choice, I'm always much more interested in female characters than male ones, because I think issues of power and violence are more complicated (and thus more interesting) when faced by a woman.

Applying this to LFN should be fairly obvious: Madeline is at the top of the list, and Operations comes in second because he's male. Adrian and George also rank fairly high in interest -- if we'd seen them more often, they'd probably be equal to Madeline and Operations, respectively. Nikita was far too young and morally straightforward for me to care about her, although she improved in the latter category as time went on. Conversely, my interest in Michael *decreased* over time -- he was just barely old enough and had a nice moral ambiguity to him in the beginning, but as he became SuperMikey I lost all interest in him. (And Nikita had an edge over Michael in the gender department, so by the end I found her much more interesting than I did him.) Birkoff and Walter didn't even come close -- they're both pretty much background furniture for me.

I'd be interested to read *your* answers to these questions, Swatkat. *g*

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