I wish Madoka Magica fans would start looking at other dark magical girl stories as well, like Uta Kata and My-HiME. I’m sure that a lot of fans would like those anime if they gave them a chance.
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I’ve watched them both! The first one didn’t grab me.
The second’s nice — I ought to do a rewatch.
(But first, I want to work through Tokyo Mew Mew.)
“I wanted to see Homura actually fight another Magical Girl. Her time stopping ability seems so overpowered, I would have loved to see how another girl could counter it.”
It’s easy — all you have to do is grab her!
Like Kyoko did, and Mami with her ribbons.
And in a spinoff (Oriko), one girl
has other time-related powers. Those
get used to great effect to slow her down.
29) Do you have any obsessions right now?
Well, Madoka, I guess? At least, it’s newest.
I’ve got the normal spread of fannish loves.
I’m not sure any stand out quite enough
for counting as “obsessions” at the moment.
I’m seriously, devotedly invested…
in waiting for this summer to be over
so I can function in the afternoons
when not parked underneath my ceiling fan
and drinking ice as quickly as it melts.
But somehow I suspect that doesn’t count.
30 – Do you have a favorite fic you’ve written? What makes it your favorite? And don’t forget to give us a link!
My favorites (of the ones I haven’t linked!)
are those for tiny, all-too-unloved fandoms:
the one for Waldo/Carmen Sandiego;
the one I think had Krazy Kat’s voice down.
I’m partial to the Doctor-Pluto friendship,
and love how this hurt/comfort fic came out.
And with that post, I’m finished with the meme!
At last, I get to close the stupid tab XD
Well, deep inside the forest, there’s a spring.
You take a drink of water from it, and…
…no, really, I dunno. A lot of prompts.
And canon, when it offers up a notion
that makes me want to play it out in detail.
And thinking how some pre-existing concepts
would be so much the cooler mixed together
(and also — mostly, really — random chance)…
This made me notice how my biggest fandoms
are always those that build on given sources.
There’s Sailor Moon, mythology-entrenched,
and Hellsing, based on Dracula and suchlike.
Colbert and co. are crafted as reaction
to US-centric politics and news.
And Madoka is grounded in the tropes
of decades’ worth of mahou shoujo series.
I don’t know if the pattern has a meaning…
except to show, I like a text with roots.
“I hated Sayaka, but after a good number of months I decided to clear my mind and read the manga. I despise Sayaka even more. I especially feel horrible for Kyouko, who only tried to help her cope with what was soon to come, and with personal experience. Sayaka tries to be justice-incarnate, but instead she’s just being crudely selfish and headstrong, never listening to even her dear friend Madoka. I’m glad she got her death, because she rightly deserved it after the crap she pulled.”
…so Kyoko “only tried to help her cope”
by trying twice to kill Sayaka, then
by threatening to break the arms and legs
of someone that she cared about? You’re serious?
And you would only call Sayaka “selfish”
in spite of Kyoko’s letting people die
to fatten up familiars for her own sake?
I know that Kyoko got redemption later,
but this is just ignoring all her faults!
And don’t forget, without Sayaka’s contract,
then Elly would have gotten Madoka,
and Hitomi, and all those other people.
She’d witnessed Mami’s death; she knew the risks —
not all of them, but certainly enough
to know that this would put her life in danger.
Without her being headstrong, they’d be dead.
To say a teenage girl deserves to die
for human flaws, and sometimes selfish motives
is awful at the best of times — and this one,
who risked her life in saving friends and strangers,
has earned a place of honor at the table
where fallen soldiers go for their reward.
It baffles me that anyone could doubt that.
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?
For some, I haven’t even written three…
In Sailor Moon, I’ve drawn a lot of pairings,
but writing-wise, it’s almost wholly gen.
I did enjoy this Artemis & Luna:
an understated, geeky sort of romance.
My Hellsing OTP will stand forever:
Integra/Alucard, beloved Master
and her beloved pet. A runner-up
is Yumiko (and company) and Heinkel:
an OT3 at minimum, with Issues
enough to write a book or two apiece.
Integra/Seras caught me by surprise;
I noticed that I’d started writing Seras
as crushing on Integra (well, who wouldn’t?),
and then she grew to be the kind of person
Integra could admire back…I shipped it
before I really noticed what had hit me.
The rest in Shine have one top pairing each.
There’s Nenene and Sensei, D and Leon,
Utena/Anthy, Crowley and his angel,
and Jeeves and Wooster. (Not a ship at all
in Robin.) None get written much regardless.
In Oz, I’m all about the Dorothy/Ozma.
There’s other ships I like, but haven’t tackled;
I hope one day a plot will come along
that calls for writing Scarecrow/Scraps/Tin Woodman.
For Doctor Who, again, I’ve only written
the one, and it’s Maria/Sarah Jane.
The Daily ‘ships, I’m sure you all can guess!
It’s hard to go astray with “Stephen”/Jon.
You name the prompt, the setup, or the item,
and I can write them into it, no problem.
I love me some Olivia and Kristen,
though mostly ‘cause Olivia is awesome
and Kristen is my preference for her partner.
It’s hard to figure out what comes in third
(I figure AU!”Stephen”/Jon can’t count).
Discounting other Jon-and-“Stephen” ‘ships,
I’m thinking Tad and Bobby win the day.
For Madoka, there’s HomuMado, easy.
They’ll move the world to make each other happy.
It’s hard to beat perfection, but I’ll try
when writing Madoka-with-Everyone.
She loved them all enough to lay the smackdown
on basic laws of physics; she can love them
enough to have a poly yuri harem :D
I’ll be cliche and let the final slot
be filled by SayaKyo. I didn’t see it
as strongly in the series, but the more
I write the two of them, the more I feel it.
For Sailor Moon…do OCs count for this?
To Haruka I got a bit attached.
Her love, and strength, and stress, they all appealed.
(It didn’t hurt that I would soon admit
a thing for pretty femmes, and wearing suits.)
For Hellsing, Sir Integra, not a doubt.
With Alucard as second, not the least
because to write him is to have a filter
through which to focus fiercely on Integra.
For Oz, it’s Princess Ozma. Gender-bending!
With Dorothy by her side, because she’s awesome.
For Doctor Who…it’s like I said before.
I’ll always be a fan of Sarah Jane.
Within the fake-news hour’s fine ensemble,
the character Colbert is just a treasure.
He packs a constellation of the traits
I most adore to write. The snark, the humor,
the overwrought emotions, the repression,
the funny and the tragic side by side.
I’ll also never get enough of Jon.
For Madoka, I don’t know how to choose!
I’m partial to the heroine, and Homura
has all the strength and tragedy and greatness
(as well as powers I will never tire of),
and Sayaka — I really can’t explain it,
but something in her flaws has hooked my heart,
and made me want to put it all in writing.
While Mami, Kyoko, Yuma-chan, and Charlotte
are slightly less compelling, it’s not much!
2 – Name the fandoms you’ve written in, and how much you’ve written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Excepting those in which I’ve only dabbled…
There’s Sailor Moon, with great unpublished epics,
the kind with OC senshi by the score,
as well as just a handful really posted.
A standby; I write more, oh, once a year?
There’s Hellsing, which I never wrote much fic in,
but used in comics every day for years.
Although I’m done with being truly active,
I wouldn’t bet on never writing more.
That comic also featured Read or Die,
Pet Shop of Horrors, Utena, Good Omens,
Witch Hunter Robin, and some Jeeves & Wooster,
and probably some others I’ve forgotten.
I drop back on the Land of Oz for prompts.
I’ll do the same in future, you can bet.
I’m all about the series you can cross
with Doctor Who. I wrote an epic there,
and several shorter fics, along those lines.
I’m also all about the Sarah Jane;
a lot of inspiration left with Lis.
Perhaps one day another new companion
will bring it back to life. You never know.
The shows that always come with more to write
are those that start with “Daily” and “Colbert”
(and many that are six-degrees related).
The epics are unrolled; the ficlets flourish.
You drop a hat, and I can turn out more.
In Madoka, I’m getting up to speed.
A bunch of one-shots, varying in length;
a longer fic is making wobbly progress;
a bunch of bunnies waiting in the wings.
I hope the inspiration stays for years.
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