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Date Posted: Mon, Apr 19 2004, 20:34:07
Author: Emily Posts ;-)
Subject: Re: The kicker is...
In reply to: Catseye 's message, "Re: The kicker is..." on Mon, Apr 19 2004, 19:14:58

>>Seriously, who would want to write about an elf named
>>Figwit? It's a bare step up from Bananabrain.
>Maybe 'Bananabrain' can be one of the unnamed blond
>I do like the idea of writing fic about minor
>characters (currently working on a story featuring a
>character who appears in canon exactly once - as ashes
>in an urn), but the challenge in that kind of thing is
>in working out a personality from the small amount
>that canon already gives you. How would that work for
>Figwit stories? "Oh, I loved your Gandalf and Elrond,
>but I think Figwit's characterisation was lacking
>something. I've always seen him as a little more
>dark-haired than that."

There are ways of convincingly integrating truly minor characters into a believable LOTR fic. For example, the winner of the Mithril Awards' Best OC award, "The Rooster Man of Gondor" didn't even have a *person* to work with, just the sound of a rooster crowing. It was brilliant and convincing.

I've seen two fics about the unnamed Haradric character who was killed by Faramir's men--the one Sam wonders about when the man literally falls in front of him.

The problem with Figwit is that the initial reason for his being noticed was Teh Hawtness, and that dictated his fanonical 'personality'. A few authors have tried to do something with "Melpomaen" (I think that's his elvish name in fandom) that wasn't horribly fanonically stupid, but the fact that it had to be Figwit has largely rendered it impossible for me to think well of such fics. I admit, it's prejudice, but for God's sake, at that level, it doesn't matter what the extra's name or hair-color is; he's just a prop. Pick another prop, please, and don't buy into the craptastic fanonical fic frenzy...

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