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Long overdue Meme answers

From this post way back when.

Harry Potter related:
* Blaise
I liked Blaise Zabini from the first time I read the series.  Okay, maybe liked was too strong a word.  But I was fascinated by him.  After all, she gave us so many names in that one little scene.  Surely she had reasons for naming them all?  Of course, it turned out that her reason was to add flavour, and she never truly intended to tell us more about Blaise.  At least, not until he became a fan favourite, so she decided to use him in HBP.  And she certainly surprised us with that one...

Before HBP, Blaise figured in my stories, but only in a minor way.  After, suddenly he was so much more real.  He had a face, and an attitude.  It was nice, because there was enough to play with, and not so much that she'd ruined him.  I started writing him in his own stories after that, and even took him on in a RPG using Jaye Davidson, who will probably always be my mental image of him.

* Draco
Draco didn't start out as my favorite character.  I'd have to say that would actually be Snape, who is still neck and neck with Draco.  But I've been able to get into Draco's head better almost since the very first of my fan-fic.  But now, if he's not in a story, quite often, I can't even write it because his muse moves off into some other story idea and distracts me.

* George Weasley
Not sure when this first occurred to me, really, but I have always felt that George was the sweeter of the twins.  Rather, that Fred is the leader, and George is the caretaker.  And most of the evidence in the books actually supports this.  Every time you see the twins helping someone, George is the one figuring out the problem and offering support, and Fred is the one getting the idea how to fix things and/or get even with the person responsible, if that makes sense?

* James
James vs James Sirius - I'm probably one of those who are in the minority who doesn't have a problem with Harry naming his first son after his father.  Granted, naming his second child after a man who left him in an abusive situation his entire childhood, and a man who hated his very existance seems overly much to believe, but...  I do like the idea of James Sirius, at least.

* Lestrange
The Lestranges were an interesting curiosity to me in GOF, but faded behind the fact that Bellatrix was actually a Black.  But when I picked up Rabastan Lestrange in a game, suddenly they were much more intriguing.  I tend to take most of my characterization from the scen in GOF, though.  Bella was obviously the power in that marriage, and I always assumed that Rodolphus was bullied into it, so I always saw his brother as rather resentful of the marriage in the back of my head.  Hence my Rab who has perhaps a bit too much fascination with his brother... ;)

* Lucius Malfoy
Lucius in my head was part and parcel with accepting Draco into my head, because Draco's life is wound so tightly around his relationship with his father, no matter what form I see that relationship taking.  I see Lucius as very much a traditionalist who's most interested in protecting himself, and then his family.  Everything else can go to hell, so long as those two things are handled.

* Harry Potter
Harry's someone I tend to consider a default in the HP universe.  When in doubt, do the story in Harry's voice.  and I think most people consider anything not in Harry's voice as "outside of canon" since that's the pov that JK used through most of the series.  It's one of those things that makes me shake my head, though, because when you're talking about fan fiction, when is there a better time to break normal POV?

* Rabastan
Rab is one of the newest of my muses, and despite only have being in my head for a few years, he's almost as loud as Draco Malfoy.  For me, he is the brat Draco could have been if Voldemort really had been dead.  His last three years at Hogwarts would have been very different for him, and he'd not have lost the confidence he was so good at projecting.

Other Fannish
* Angel
I loved Angel from the start of BTVS, and was thrilled that he got his own show.  I had a few doubts, and I don't think it was ever given a serious chance, but I did love all five seasons, even with the bad stuff.

* Hobbits
Lord of the Rings was probably one of my first fandoms, though only in the sense that I knew the stories growing up, and probably could have narrated the Hobbit myself before I was even in my teens.  I loved that story.  Never really got into the rest quite as much, though I was quite pleased with how Jackson's version turned out.  Made the dryness of the text far more palatable.
 
* Torchwood
I have to admit, hearing about this, I had a few doubts.  I'm a fan from the old days of Who, and while I loved Jack, I wasn't sure one great character would be able to carry an entire series.  But they did an excellent job.  And I can't wait to see where they go next.

* Dr Who
I knew of Dr Who when I was younger, but I didn't really start watching until I started to date my husband.  Sylvester McCoy was my favorite, because I loved his upbeat quirkiness.  I was sad when the show faded away, and even more so when they did the movie.  It was such corn...  So I didn't have high hopes when the new show started.  Which meant it wildly surpassed my expectations.  I'm so glad decided to restart the series.

* X-Files
Didn't watch the first season, and I was pretty burned out by the end, too.  But at it's height?  X-Files was really a groundbreaking show.  Some of the best stories on at the time.  It was too bad they caved to the pressure to do anything more with Mulder and Skully than UST.  It ruined the last season.

Smut
* Non-con
One of my squicks, despite the fact that I've used it a number of times in my stories.  Though mostly in h/c stories, and I've never really understood the enjoyment inherent in it as a kink, though I know many do see it as one.

* Orgasms
Mmm.  The stuff of life.  Orgasms, dark chocolate, and a great book.

* Underwear
For some reason, this prompt makes me think of Snape's worst memory.  And then, of course, there's the eternal debate of Purebloods and underwear.  What do you all think?  Do purebloods wear anything under their robes?

* Vagina
Eep.  Erm... something I have, but don't generally enjoy writing or reading about?

Other
* Cat
My favorite animal.  Both domestic and wild.  I do wish we had medium-sized domesticated cats.  Of course, with the problems we have with the cats we do have, I can only imagine the difficulties those would cause.  All-time favorites - Bengal, Siamese/Burmese, Mau, Ocicat, Abysinnian, and medium is the Jagurundi, and large is the panther.  The panther's snarl gives me the chills.

* Elephant
Erm...they're grey, and they have saggy skin.  I could tell a joke, but I'm sure you've all heard it before.

* Food
Food is good.  I'm having lasagne tonight for supper.  Does that count?  Favorite ethnic foods: Italian, Mexican, and Chinese.

* India
I'm fascinated by the country.  The amount of history has its equal almost nowhere else in the world (okay, China, but that fascinates me, too), and their spirituality is fascinating.  Hubby and I just finished watching a show from the BBC on the History of India narrated by Michael Wood.  I highly recommend it if you're interested in the country at all.

* Karma
Speaking of India...I do believe in karma.  Both in the classic sense, and in the sense that anything you do will be reflected back at you at some point.  I know some don't consider that true karma, but to me it counts.

* Queen Elizabeth I
An amazing woman.  To be such a force that the men around her simply couldn't deny it, no matter how much they wanted to.  And to do it, she only had to deny herself family and any sense of security anyone else would automatically feel entitled to.

* Soy Sauce
One of my all-time favorite condiments.  And I use it in many of my marinades.  Have I mentioned I have a bit of a sodium issue? :P

* Yin/Yang
Another subject I'm interested in.  The balance of nature.  That there can never be just white or black, but that to have one, you must have the other, or it ceases to be.  Really, just basic common sense, when you think about it.

Comments

Sep. 10th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
The great underwear debate? I didn't know this existed...Let's see, what do I think? I don't think any proper gentleman or gentlewoman in highest Pureblood society would wear nothing under their robes. Maybe not what we think of as underwear, but like a shift and/or petticoats for the women and some sort of high-class long johns for the menfolk?

Queen Elizabeth I...I think this was my prompt...In light of the current political situation, I just have to say that I think Queen Elizabeth I could eat Hilary Clinton for lunch after having eaten Sarah Palin for a midmorning snack. They just don't even compare...

Yin/Yang, isn't it an interesting thought that we have to have that dark to have the light? It makes you wonder if we ever could live in a world without war. Is world peace possible? Such deep thoughts...
Sep. 10th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yep. There's a group who think that Purebloods wouldn't bother wearing anything else under their robes.

Yep, it was. Elizabeth was very much her father's daughter, in sort of the opposite way. She refused to let anyone to get a hold on her, as opposed to his many marriages.

Yeah, the War/Peace thing is a tough one.
Sep. 11th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Haha. Purebloods and underwear - I do hope we are just talking about the men here? (On that note, I can't picture Narcissa without a corset... ermm, well, I can, but, you know, it's not quite on the same wavelength as my actual meaning, if you get what I'm saying.)

I am intrigued, I have to admit.
Sep. 11th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
True...I've only heard this argument as it refers to the men. But then, women have always generally worn more undergarments than men. :)
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
*grins* The underwear thing reminds me of the scene in GOF at the World Quidditch Final with the old man standing in line for water, wearing a nightgown, and he says no to trousers as he prefers a nice breeze around his privates LOL! xD

Ro: *smirks and pulls Rab close* Fascinated, hmm?

Queen Elizabeth I was one hell of a woman. Have you read some of her speeches? We read a couple of them in English lit.
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
LOL Yes, I think that's part of the "evidence" against underwear. ;)

Rab: *pseudo-glares at his brother* Like you don't know...

She was. Haven't read any, no. Are they good?

Awake.
Sep. 11th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
:D

Ro: *nuzzles him and whispers* The feeling is quite mutual.

I can't remember the details, just that I thought wow 0,0 One was a speech to the troops shortly before they're sent into battle. They're in this humongous Anthology I have. *goes to find*