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Date Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 06:13:11pm
Author: Nell
Subject: I"ll try this (r)
In reply to: Swatkat 's message, "Speaking of favourite characters...(r)" on Monday, March 21, 12:05:36pm

Okay - for me "identify with" suggests the characters who make sense to me at some sort of gut level. I feel like know *why* they make the choices they do, even if I can't articulate it very well. The characters I 'identify' with in this way are usually the responsible care-taker types, or at least the ones that get saddled with that job and suck it up and do it, even if it interferes with what they'd rather be doing.

Characters like Michael in LFN, or Zayhn and Dargo in Farscape, or Spock in ST, or Sisko in DS9, or Duncan in HL, or Aragorn and Sam in LOTR, or even Hermione in HP, Darcy in P&P.....

Characters that I love and root for, however, the ones that usually (but not always) become my OTCs, are outsiders struggling to make sense of their new world, a world they can't get out of (and sometimes don't want too, the point is that it is a new world, with strange new rules, some of which make sense, some of which don't) - or a world that they can't get into and want very badly. Nikita, obviously. John Chriton in Farscape, Kira in DS9, Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, Anne in Persuasion....

If a character has both qualities that can be great, but it isn't necessary - and sometimes characters that seem like they should fit into this I don't care for at all. Frodo, for example. Or it is a stretch to fit them in. Say, Kirk. Or Picard. The best I can do is point to their shared total obsession with exploring 'strange new worlds' and so always, in some sense, struggling to make sense of new places from the position of the outsider.

How's that for a start?

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